Mary Ann travels to the heart of Tuscany to cook with Maria Gorelli at Banfi winery, near Montalcino, Italy. They begin by creating classic Tuscan Pici, a hand rolled, thick-spaghetti style pasta that's the perfect base for Poor Sauce, made from toasted breadcrumbs, olive oil, tomatoes and garlic. And to go with it, a hearty Venison Stew guaranteed to chase the winter blues away.
Would You Like a Bowl of Soup?/Vorebbe Una Ciotola della Minestra (#2415) Duration: 27:00 STEREO TVG
When all else fails, soup wins, when Mary Ann creates three masterpieces nella cucina, starting with a velvety-smooth Cream of Carrot and Potato Soup, and then goes fishing with a surprisingly satisfying Swordfish Minestrone. Break out the bowls and spoons and sit down for soup!
- KQED Life: Wed, Nov 25, 2015 -- 12:00pm
Piedmont Cheese/I Formaggi Piemontesi (#2416) Duration: 27:10 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann and good friend Pattie Bongiovanni, a visit the village of Valcasotto in Italy's Piedmont region to buy some artisanal cheese from the Beppino Occelli cheese company, before returning to the castle kitchen to make creamy rich, meat and cheese-filled Cannelloni to die for.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 26, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Cooking with Balsamic Vinegar - Cucinando con Aceto Balsamico (#2516) Duration: 27:11 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Modena, Italy, the heart of balsamic vinegar country, to cook with good friend Beatrice whose simple Omelet with Onions, and a salad go from simple to divine with the addition of fifty year-old, syrup-thick, caramel-colored, sweet and pungent artisanal balsamic vinegar tradizionale.
- KQED Life: Fri, Nov 27, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Give Me Rice/Dammi Il Riso (#2417) Duration: 27:05 STEREO TVG
Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, Mary Ann turns plain Arborio rice into a symphony of porcini mushrooms and mozzarella cheese, all rolled up into Little Rice Balls, and then covered with bread crumbs, deep fried to perfection, and topped with spicy hot tomato sauce. Seconds anyone? Thirds?
- KQED Life: Mon, Nov 30, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Little Bites/Stuzzichini (#2418) Duration: 26:50 STEREO TVG
These "little bites" become a BIG hit when Mary Ann prepares Celery Stuffed with Cheese and Hazelnuts, and then mixes anchovies, parsley and garlic for some fantastic, Anchovy Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. And just when you don't have room for more, you make room for her signature Zucchini Meatballs.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 1, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Cooking Pellegrino Artusi-style/Cucinando come Pellegrino Artusi (#2419) Duration: 27:02 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann's cooking students travel to Casa Artusi, in Forlimpopoli, Italy, to learn the secrets of Romagna regional cooking. Mary Ann leads the way with Cappelletti in Capon Broth, and the student continue with Turbo in Paper,Piadina, Whipped Mortadella, Lenten Spinach, and delicate dessert called English "Soup."
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 2, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
All About Burrata/Tutto Su Burrata (#2420) Duration: 27:05 STEREO TVG
Master cheese maker Filippo Migliorato from Boston's "Mozzarella House" visits Mary Ann nella cucina to demonstrate the artisanal art of making Burrata, which is Mozzarella stuffed with Stracciatella. Then Mary Ann showcases this wonderful cheese with her Neapolitan Stack with Roasted Eggplant, Tomato and Burrata, and her Roasted Asparagus with Burrata.
- KQED Life: Thu, Dec 3, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Handmade Pastas - Cicatelli E Fusilli (#2517) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann visits Castle Montalto kitchen in Fragneto, Italy where two chefs, Antonietta and Filomena, demonstrate the timeless art of preparing unique homemade, handmade pastas from scratch, Cicatelli and Fusilli. Then they create two mouthwatering tomato sauces to go with them. Grab your knife and fork, tuck in your napkin - and bring your appetite.
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 4, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Piedmont Party/Festa Piemontese (#2421) Duration: 27:05 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann is back a Pattie Bongiovanni's castle kitchen in the Piedmont region of Italy to throw a party featuring Piedmont recipes. She starts things rolling with Stradette, a unique fresh cornmeal based pasta and tops it with a Leek Sauce. Then it's on to Roasted Capon, and the perfect Piedmont ending? Pears in Barolo Wine.
- KQED Life: Mon, Dec 7, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Piedmont Food: Easy, Elegant and Classic/Il Cibo Piemontese: Facile, Elegante, Classico (#2422) Duration: 26:33 STEREO TVG
Today it's easy cooking and happy eating, when Mary Ann takes to the castle kitchen to prepare Asparagus Piedmont Style, and then fries up some Croquettes Cuneo Style, and did somebody say "risotto?" How about a classic Risotto with Mushrooms.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 8, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Frittata Party/Una Festa Della Frittata (#2423) Duration: 27:04 STEREO TVG
Just when you thought eggs were just eggs, Mary Ann elevates them into two masterful creations, starting with a fantastic street food; Neapolitan Style Frittata. And then she keeps things on the convenient side, with her Mini-Baked Frittata with Greens and Beans, each one baked in a cupcake pan.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 9, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Cooking at the Barilla Academy/Cucinando all'Academia Barilla (#2424) Duration: 27:04 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Parma, Italy, where she teaches her students at Barilla Cooking Academy, beginning with Veal Cutlets Stuffed with Artichokes. Then the students go off to prepare the rest of their memorable meal; Green Lasagne Bolognese with Ragu Sauce, Stuffed, Oven-baked Zucchini, and for dessert? Don't be frightened, it' Almond Snake Cake.
- KQED Life: Thu, Dec 10, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Sunday Dinner - La Cena Di Domenica (#2518) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG
Sunday in Italy goes hand in hand with food and family - and fun. Mary Ann spends the entire day visiting her husband's cousins and cooking up a storm with matriarch, Anna Esposito who makes a sumptuous Sunday supper starting with handmade orecchiette coated with a spicy Benevento-style Ragu sauce. A second course of Stuffed Meat Rolls follows, plus lamb, plus desserts, plus desserts, plus happiness, plus who wants seconds? Thirds?
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 11, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Strawberries and Raspberries for Dessert/Fragole e Lamponi per Dessert (#2425) Duration: 27:02 STEREO TVG
Master Pastry Chef Jim Dodge reveals the secret of making the perfect Italian custard called Budino, while Mary Ann returns the favor by sharing her tips on how to make masterful Little Raspberry Thyme Tarts.
- KQED Life: Mon, Dec 14, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
The Best Cocktails and Snacks/Ottimi Cocktails e Stuzzichini (#2426) Duration: 26:59 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann's daughter-in-law and food writer, Jen Chase arrives nella cucina with a fantastic collection of cocktail materials to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ciao Italia, by creating modern day versions of Italian favorites, like a Sambuca Citron Martini, while Mary Ann makes a Frico and other tasty antipasti to go along with their anniversary party.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 15, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Recipes of the Mind - Le Ricette Della Mente (#2501) Duration: 27:06 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Ellis Island National Park to retrace the footsteps of her immigrant Italian grandparents. She then goes nella cucina to recreate two Old World "recipes of the mind": Gracie La Puma's Pepper Rolls and Mrs. Belurgi's Pumpkin Bread.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 16, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
A Sicilian Meal - Un Pasto Siciliano (#2502) Duration: 26:59 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann cooks with her friend Maria Iapichino in her summer kitchen that overlooks the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea near Cefalu, Sicily. After Maria prepares the classic Sicilian Pasta with Sardines, Mary Ann goes nella cucina to create other Sicilian specialties including Swordfish.
- KQED Life: Thu, Dec 17, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Homemade Pizza - Pizza Casalinga (#2519) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann visits the small town of Fragneto Manforte, Italy to help her friends, Assunta and Anna, celebrate their town's patron saint, San Niccola, by preparing pizzas for a crowd of people who stop by to join the festivities for Pizza Margherita, Escarole Pizza, Pizza Napoletana, Pizza with Potatoes, with Broccoli, and with Tuna in a wood-fired oven that bakes the thin-crusted marvels in record time. Mangia!
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 18, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Wedding Cake - Torta Nunziale (#2503) Duration: 26:51 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann and her friends, Donna, Ruth, and Connie, race against the clock to create an Italian wedding "cookie cake" as a gift to celebrate the marriage of two good friends. Dozens of biscotti piled high and topped with ribbons, ready just before the wedding bells ring. Some of the cookies include Miniature Cream-Filled Tarts.
- KQED Life: Mon, Dec 21, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Aristocratic Pasta - Pasta Aristocratica (#2504) Duration: 27:03 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann visits the New York Academy of Medicine's collection of rare Italian cookbooks. She's inspired to create two traditional molded pasta dishes, featuring the same ingredients used hundreds of years ago, fit for a king's palate - and yours too.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 22, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Mushrooms for Ravioli - Funghi Freschi Per Ravioli (#2505) Duration: 27:05 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann spends the day in a California forest with professional mushroom gatherer, Connie Green, in search of the elusive porcino mushroom, beloved by Italian cooks. After finding just what she needs, Mary Ann goes nella cucina to make an elegant first course ravioli dish perfumed with fresh mushrooms.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 23, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Beans and Lentils - Fagioli E Lenticchie (#2506) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Lizori, a remote town in the Umbrian hills, to cook with Chef Danielle Bottoni who learned the art of cooking from her mother and it shows! Her grain-inspired pasta and lentil dishes inspire Mary Ann to go nella cucina and continue the tradition with Chickpea and Farro Salad, plus a hearty Farro Soup.
- KQED Life: Thu, Dec 24, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Squash Gnocchi - Gnocchi Di Zucca Gialla (#2507) Duration: 28:06 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann cooks with chef and restaurant owner Daniela Benvenuti in Grutti, Italy. The hard-working all-women cooking staff at Le Noci restaurant is rare for Italy, as is the Gnocchi with Prunes Daniela and Mary Ann prepare. Mary Ann keeps the gnocchi coming, nella cucina, with Squash Gnocchi. Bet you can't eat just one.
- KQED Life: Mon, Dec 28, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Ciaramicola (#2508) Duration: 26:58 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann visits ceramic artist Franco Mari in Deruta, Italy, the birthplace of Umbrian pottery. His inspired, colorful creations inspire her to go nella cucina to create Ciaramicola, a fantasy-like, Easter Sunday bread slathered with Alchermes-laced meringue, covered with colored sprinkles and browned in the oven. Served on a Franco Mari platter, it's a vision of heaven on earth.
- KQED Life: Tue, Dec 29, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Sunday - La Domenica (#2509) Duration: 26:52 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann and best friend Donna Soares go arm in arm with hundreds of Italians to enjoy a quiet Sunday afternoon in Fabriano, Italy. And what else happens on Sunday? Sunday dinner, of course, beginning with Grandma Galasso's Meat Cappelletti the way Mary Ann remembers her grandmother making it for her on Sunday afternoons.
- KQED Life: Wed, Dec 30, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me
Festival of the Candles - La Festa Dei Ceri (#2510) Duration: 26:54 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann takes a deep breath and plunges into the crowd-filled excitement generated by the oldest festival in Italy. Held in the medieval town of Gubbio, the food, music and camaraderie are unlike anything you've ever seen. And the traditional Cheese Bread Mary Ann makes nella cucina is unlike anything you've ever tasted. Join in the celebration and bring your appetite!
- KQED Life: Thu, Dec 31, 2015 -- 12:00pm Remind me