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.
Trio of Heartwarming Pasta (#221H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Everybody loves pasta! In this episode, Lidia starts with the simplest - a Spaghettini with Olive oil and Rosemary, then moves on to a hearty dish of Tagliatelle with Meatballs and Eggplant, and finishes with a delicious whole wheat pasta- Baked Whole Wheat Penne with Ceci Beans.
Piemonte Peppers (#126H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Peppers Piemontese are so much more than roasted red peppers. Lidia shows you how to create this classic dish. A cozy Country Style Fava Soup will send you back in time. For dessert - every culture has a crepe - and in northern Italy, it's Oatmeal Palacinke.
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A Delicious Elegant Meal (#101H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Join Lidia as she prepares an easy but impressive Tomato and Mint Salad, a simple but mouthwatering Filet Italian Style with Balsamic Reduction, and a tempting gluten-free Torta Caprese.
Just for the Halibut (#111H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia prepares Halibut Baked with Mushrooms in a lemon and white wine sauce, Savory Stuffed Peppers with capers and anchovies, and deliciously golden Anise Cookies for dessert.
Sweetest of Sweets (#215H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Today's episode features a collection of the best of Italian dolce or sweets - from cookies to cake to pudding. Lidia begins this episode with Anise Cookies, then prepares a Mint Granita, a light and heavenly Angel Cake with Fresh Berries, and lastly a Rice Pudding with a Blessing, inspired by one of the convents in Italy.
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Lemony Chicken - A Family Favorite (#222H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this episode, Lidia creates a dish that is perfect for family and holiday gatherings. Packed with flavor, this crispy oven baked chicken is bursting with lemon goodness. As a side, she makes a Celery Gratin and a Belgian and Walnut Salad.
All in the Pantry (#102H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia prepares quick meals right out of the pantry-perfect when you're in a hurry (or just want to clean out your cabinets!). Learn to make hearty Pasta and Bean Soup, flavorful Spaghetti with Quick Pantry Sauce, and a delicate spaghettini with Olive Oil and Rosemary.
Two Savory Soups and Ligurian Focaccia (#103H) Duration: 26:42 STEREO TVG
Sometimes all you need is a little soup and a little bread. Lidia bakes a Focaccia Genovese and serves it with Le Marche Style Bean Soup prepared with sweet and mellow cabbage. With a few pantry ingredients, she creates a simple and hearty Country Onion Soup.
Crostini to Parmigiana (#112H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Join Lidia as she makes a quick and easy Tomato and Ricotta Crostini. A Tuna Salad with Boiled Zucchini, and take comfort with Eggplant and Rice Parmigiana.
I Love Eggs (#216H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia LOVES eggs, and in this episode, she shares four super simple recipes that feature this amazing ingredient that Lidia recalls fondly from her own grandmother's courtyard in Istria. Oregano Eggs and Anchovy Frittata are delicious appetizers or main courses. The Rustic Salad is a great meal idea with lots of complex textures and flavors. For a sweet finish, Lidia whips up Zabaglione with Fresh Fruit.
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Garden of Goodness (#223H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia believes in cooking according to season, and when springtime comes, she and her family all work together to create a beautiful garden. In this episode, she shares four delicious recipes that celebrate the bounty of the summertime garden: Tuna Salad with Boiled Zucchini, String Bean Salad with Capers and Basil, Whole What Cous Cous with Cucumbers, and finally Shells with Chicken and Zucchini.
Time for Brunch (#104H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Brunch Italian Style! Learn to make savory rustic Oatmeal Biscuits. Then have a whole meal inside a plump Gluttonous Tomato - it's an easy dish of tomatoes stuffed with bread, herbs cheese and eggs. On the side, a versatile String Bean salad of with Capers and Basil.
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Classics with a Twist (#105H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia's reinventing Italian classics. Learn to make Lidia's fresh Mozzarella salad not with tomatoes but Celery and walnuts instead. She puts a spin on the classic Pappa al Pomodoro from Maremma by adding clams! Plus, a crowd-pleasing Zucchini Parmigiana, a delicious variation of on tried and true eggplant version.
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Rustic and Rich Flavors (#113H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia prepares a rich Meatball and Eggplant Tagliatelle, an easy Vegetable and Meat Casserole, and a rustic Lentil Country Salad.
Seafood Symphony (#217H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia has enjoyed clamming with the locals in Le Marche as well as in Long Island, and in this episode she shares two of her most popular clam dishes: Pappa al Pomodoro with Clams is based on the Tuscan classic - tomato and bread soup. Clam and Scallion Risotto, is a delicious variation of the beloved Linguine with Clams.
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A Light Summery Meal (#224H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Today, Lidia serves a beautiful Striped Bass with Tomato Pesto over a bed of fennel as the star of the meal. She then creates a tasty dish of Mint String Beans. For dessert, summer is still the theme with Peach Granita, although the granita technique can be made with all kinds of seasonal fruits.
Under The Sea (#106H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
With a twist on Linguine alle Vongole, Lidia creates Clam Bruschetta using bread. She takes the mystery out of mushrooms and pairs them with Scallops and Scallions. Talking tuna, she prepares a refreshing salad of grilled Tuna with Mimosa Sauce.
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Waste Not Want Not! (#107H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Join Lidia in the kitchen as she makes use of left over lettuce by incorporating it into a creamy Risotto. Using a secondary cut of meat, she creates decadent Veal stew with Onion and Squash, and don't throw away that day old bread, use it in a tasty Bread Pudding with Pears.
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Sundays with Nonna Rosa (#114H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Anyone can make their own seasoned olives! They are a perfect snack or easy homemade gift. Lidia demystifies the process. Homemade pasta is another way to add authentic flavor to your dish. Lidia prepares fresh pappardelle with tender, flavorful Turkey Rolls.
Super Simple Seared Lamb Chops (#218H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Grilled lamb chops are always delicious but in this episode, Lidia sears them in a heavy skillet, pressing them down so that all the surfaces get crisp. She serves the chops with a simple yet elegant red wine sauce made with dried cherries, garlic, bay leaves and rosemary. Served with a Tasty Potato Salad and finished with beautiful Almond and Coffee Cream Mini Tarts, this is a meal that everyone will love!
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The Versatile Tomato and All Things Italian (#225H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tomatoes are known in the Italian culture although the tradition goes way beyond the simple tomato sauce. Lidia gathers some of her favorite tomato based recipes and shares them in this episode including: Tomato and Mint Salad, Tomato and Ricotta Crostini, Spaghetti with Quick Pantry Sauce. She finishes with a Gluttonous Tomato-a perfect appetizer or lunch dish starring oven baked tomatoes stuffed with bread, grated cheese and seasonings and topped with farm fresh eggs.
Pork Kabobs and Heavenly Ham (#108H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Today Lidia's talking pork! Go whole hog and learn to make savory Prune and Pork Kabobs, comforting Braised Cabbage with Prosciutto, and Decadent Ham in Marsala Sauce.
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Not Your Typical Burger (#109H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia takes on the hamburger and redefines a classic. Burgers stuffed with mozzarella and basil, then topped with Lidia's own homemade ketchup. As a side dish, a Tasty Cauliflower salad richly flavored with anchovies and herbs.
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Potato Pizza (#115H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Potato Pizza! Lidia creates a dough made from potatoes and tops it with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, oregano, and Grana Padano. She pairs it with a cozy Barley Soup for a complete meal.
Gnocchi Time Memories with the Grandkids (#219H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia has shared her love for gnocchi and passing on traditions for years, and in this episode, she makes the gnocchi out of cheese. The comforting meal includes: Lentil Country Salad, Cheese Gnocchi with Butter and Sage Sauce, and Pork Pockets Stuffed w/ Pickles and Cheese.
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Going Fishing (#226H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's all about fresh seafood in this episode with three of Lidia's most requested fish recipes: Clam Bruschetta features crusty Italian bread, still warm from the grill with clam sauce; Halibut Baked with Mushrooms in a Lemon and White Wine Sauce is a great weeknight meal as is Grouper with Potatoes and Peppers.
Comfort Food (#110H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia prepares hot meal for a cold day. A main course of Apple Cider Braised Pork Shoulder with turnips, a comforting side of Mashed Potatoes and Fava Beans, and to finish, a decadent Pear Crumble with brandy and cherries.
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Seafood Surprises (#116H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia breaks down the artichoke and shows how simple they are to prepare and use. She stuffs them with a delicious light salad of tuna, capers, and hard boiled eggs. She matches Grouper with potatoes and peppers to create a lovely balanced dish. Grandma arrives in time for dessert - jam filled Mezze Lune Frite.
Quick Light and Easy Meal Ideas (#220H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
It's another episode dedicated to simplicity and delicious ingredients. Here Lidia chooses three great dishes that can be made in very little time but offer great flavors and complexity. They are great as appetizers, sides or by themselves and include Caprese Salad with Celery and Walnuts, Stuffed Artichoke with Tuna and Scallop Salad.
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Get to Know Your Grains (#117H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Whole grains are the backbone of a balanced meal as well as this episode. Lidia explains some common whole grains viewers can easily find at their local grocer. She then makes a fresh salad of Cucumbers with Whole Wheat Couscous, a comforting Toasted Grain Soup, and a healthy meal of Baked Whole Wheat Penne and Ceci Beans.
Rice Is Twice As Nice (#118H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia teaches viewers to make creamy Clam and Scallion Risotto with tomatoes. She uses the left over risotto to create a Neapolitan Rice and Meat Mold and serves it with a refreshing green salad.
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Summertime Delights (#119H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Lidia prepares a light, healthy summer meal. Beat the heat with a Scallop Salad, savory Seared Sesame Chicken Breast, and a refreshing Mint Granita for dessert.
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