This series is a paean to the importance of mealtime. Over the course of 26 episodes, Emmy-winner Lidia Bastianich conjures simple, seasonal and economical dishes with grace, confidence and love. She teaches viewers to draw on their roots, allow for spontaneity, and cultivate a sense of home in the kitchen. Lidia makes rustic staples, including oatmeal biscuits, apple cider-braised pork shoulder, potato pizza, salmon with mustard sauce, country onion soup, lentil country salad and Grandma Rosa's apple cake. Filled with tips and techniques collected through years in the kitchen and at the family table, Lidia channels her passion for teaching into a fun and trustworthy curriculum of kitchen wisdom.
Vegetable Favorites (#417H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Italy is a garden year round, and Lidia celebrates an array of beautiful vegetable dishes including: celery stalks stuffed with gorgonzola and apples; an elegant asparagus and scallion salad; a refreshing fava sesame dip, that pairs beautifully with flat breads and finally a linguine with swisschard made with walnuts and creamy fresh ricotta.
- KQED Life: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 -- 4:30pm
Fresh Pasta (#315H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Fresh pasta is an Italian family tradition passed through the generations. Today she starts with a silky pappardelle pasta dressed with pesto made from walnut, basil and parsley. She then takes the same pasta dough and shapes it into tortelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta, dressed with a classic marinara sauce.
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 30, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
My Favorite Braises (#419H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Braising is a preferred technique in Lidia's kitchen and today she prepares one rich braised meat dish, along with two braised vegetable choices for the home cook. Recipes include: beef braised in barolo; a braised kale with bacon; and finally braised cauliflower.
Acidity (#426H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
At the base of Italian cuisine are essential Italian ingredients and vinegar is one of them. Lidia masters the art of cooking with vinegar in this episode. She prepares a red cabbage and bacon salad in a warm bacon and balsamic vinegar dressing; chicken in vinegar sauce; and a tangy garlic savoy cabbage and potatoes dish.
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 -- 12:30pm Remind me
Antipasti (#326H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There is a party in the air with an Italian flair. Lidia teaches the viewer several dishes that will work for any party - including a selection of varies cheese, cured meat and Giardiniera-style vegetables; an easy and quick sweet and sour zucchini dish and lastly stuffed mushrooms made with a delicious mixture of scallions, red peppers and fresh parsley. Lastly there is still time for a delicious salad of poached seafood featuring shrimp, mussels and calamari.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 3, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Cheese (#418H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Italians love cheese, and with more than 460 varieties made in Italy, it leads to many mouth-watering cheesy recipes. In this episode, Lidia shares her cheese baked in a crust:gorgonzola wrapped with puff pastry and baked as crispy cheesy bites; celery, artichoke and mortadella salad: a flavorful and fresh mix of celery, artichoke and mortadella; and finally meatloaf ricotta: a family favorite meatloaf dish packed with three different cheeses.
- KQED Life: Tue, Apr 4, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Seared Steak (#316H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
When talking about a juicy steak, grilling often comes to mind but for Lidia, it's all about the sear. In today's episode, Lidia begins with a crispy Montasio cheese frico stuffed with potatoes and onions. She then makes a seared steak with a perfectly balanced sauce of rosemary, shallots and mixed mushrooms. Her side dish is a braised escarole with olive oil, pepperoncino and garlic-simple and delicious.
- KQED Life: Thu, Apr 6, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
The Tomato (#420H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The tomato Is not native to Italy, but it made a big impact on Italian cuisine when it arrived centuries ago. From canned to vine ripened, Lidia shares with you several of her favorite tomato dishes including: stuffed tomatoes: stuffed with rice, mozzarella and basil; braised pork ribs with rigatoni: tender to the bone pork ribs and braising sauce with rigatoni; and green beans in chunky tomato sauce: a perfect side of fresh green beans smothered in a fresh chunky tomato sauce.
Ragu (#301H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Italians don't like to eat big pieces of meat, but they do like to braise small pieces with lots of vegetables into delicious ragus. In this episode, Lidia creates a delicious meal of celery stalks stuffed with gorgonzola and apples; mouthwatering lamb ragu prepared with an array of peppers and potatoes and for a sweet finish, a gianduia cake made of hazelnuts and chocolate-a Piedmontese tradition.
Layering Italian Flavors (#401H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
"Alla Parmigiana" is a technique applied in many southern Italian dishes that is all about layering simple bold flavors. In today's episode, Lidia shows the viewers her chicken parmigiana light: a version of chicken parmigiana, a breaded chicken thigh layered with tomato and mozzarella and nestled in a bed of tomato sauce; steamed broccoli and egg salad: a simple steamed broccoli dish dressed with red wine vinegar and hard boiled eggs; and limoncello tiramisu: a real "pick me up" made with lady fingers, mascarpone and limoncello zabaglione.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 10, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
More Italian American Favorites (#421H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Italian American classics have always been favorites at the family table and in this episode, there is reason to celebrate. Today's recipes include the most iconic Italian American dish, spaghetti and meatballs; a broccoli rabe with garlic; and a holiday must - zeppole.
Risotto (#317H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
If you can't make it to Milan for a dish of "Risotto alla Milanese" bring the dish to your kitchen! Lidia begins today's meal with a creamy risotto alla Milanese with saffron and marrow bone followed by a succulent quail stuffed with Italian sausage and mushrooms. For dessert, it's an Italian classic - light and creamy panna cotta with seasonal berries.
- KQED Life: Thu, Apr 13, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Crespelle (#302H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Italians love their crespelle or crepes. In this episode, Lidia teaches viewers how to stuff them with tomato and grated cheese. Today's menu includes: celery, artichoke and mortadella salad, "crespelle manicotti" stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella and for dessert, an Italian classic - beautiful strawberries topped with balsamic vinegar, a Lidia favorite.
Poached Egg (#402H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The egg is a staple ingredient in any kitchen and should not be overlooked or overcooked. In this episode, Lidia shows the classic technique of poaching an egg and making a warm mushroom salad: a bed of frisee with a warm medley of mixed wild mushrooms, pancetta and a poached egg; eggs poached in tomato sauce: a simple and delicious tomato sauce poached egg served with slices of grilled country bread and brutti ma buoni, a classic Italian hazelnut cookie made with meringue.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 17, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Olive Oil (#422H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Olive oil reigns in Lidia's kitchen, and in this episode she teaches how to use it from appetizer to soup to dessert. She begins with a delicious tomato and bread salad - a delicious tossed salad of country bread and juicy ripe tomatoes known as panzanella; a nourishing rice and lentil soup and a cannoli napoleon, a new twist on the old cannoli: ricotta cream with crunchy almonds and chocolate layered between fried pastry.
Best of Zucchini (#423H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Zucchini is a versatile vegetable, and in this episode, viewers watch as Lidia shares several of her favorite simple and quick zucchini dishes including: zucchini with anchovies and capers, a delicious side dish of zucchini sauteed with garlic, anchovies and capers; fried zucchini: a family favorite savory egg battered zucchini roll up; orecchiette with clams and zucchini: a great pasta dish made with clams, scallions and zucchini; sweet and sour zucchini: a quick zucchini dish that is perfect for a quick snack, side dish or appetizer.
Chicken Stock (#318H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Every great kitchen needs a big pot of good stock and with this pot of stock Lidia will make three delicious dishes. She starts by making a flavorful chicken stock made into "Stracciatella," laced with eggs and spinach. She then uses the stock in her succulent stuffed veal chop with oozing fontina. Finally, she prepares a braised kale with bacon, a wonderful dish that she has been eating since she was a child.
- KQED Life: Thu, Apr 20, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Polenta (#303H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia prepares a large pot of bubbling polenta, a dish that she grew up with and loved. From that polenta, she'll bake crostini with mixed mushrooms and cheese which is a perfect starter to any meal. Her granddaughter, Julia, joins her in the kitchen to help assemble and of course, taste! She'll then prepare a hearty polenta dish with bacon and broccoli, a perfect combination. Finally, she'll make sweet skillet sausage with mixed grapes.
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 22, 2017 -- 12:30pm Remind me
All About Chicken (#403H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
This episode features a "Best of Chicken" with some of Lidia's favorite dishes from the oven to the stovetop. Recipes include a succulent roasted chicken; a simple and earthy seared chicken breast with mushrooms; and finally a dish with a little kick - paprika drumsticks with peppers.
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 24, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Bolognese (#424H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's a world famous technique but made with milk, it is famous only in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna. In this episode, Lidia shares a show stopping meal that consists of bolognese with milk: a traditional beef and pork ragu prepared in the style of bologna; dandelion greens with almond vinaigrette and ricotta salata: a vibrant salad of bitter dandelion greens tossed with a sweet honey almond vinaigrette and salty ricotta salata; pomegranate sorbet: a refreshing sorbet of pomegranate juice and dark rum.
- KQED Life: Tue, Apr 25, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Italian Cakes (#425H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The oven is on today in Lidia's Kitchen, and she is sharing some of her best cakes. There is a gianduia cake - a Piedmontese tradition and a dream for hazelnut and chocolate lovers; a delicious and moist chocolate and zucchini Cake; and finally a nutty walnut and espresso Cake.
- KQED Life: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Focaccia (#319H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Focaccia is an irresistible, crunchy Italian flatbread. It's great for sandwiches and even to stuff. Lidia begins by making a classic rosemary and lemon focaccia; she then moves on to a filled focaccia with smoky speck and fontina cheese. To finish these two lunchtime and snack favorites, she creates a salad of shrimp, fava and cranberry beans.
- KQED Life: Thu, Apr 27, 2017 -- 4:30pm Remind me
Eggs (#304H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Eggs were always a favorite at Lidia's home as a kid and they still are. In this episode, she'll prepare savory egg battered zucchini roll ups; a refreshing and simple fennel, red onion and celery salad topped with Italian salami and a luscious frittata filled with ricotta, tomatoes, onion and basil.