Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest-running cooking show on public television, travels around the United States and Rome, Italy in search of recipes that can be prepared in thirty-minutes or less for a busy audience that has time to enjoy great Italian food but doesn' t always have time to prepare it "the old way."
Bigne! (#2413) Duration: 26:57 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann's got cream puffs on her mind, light as a cloud, crunchy and delicious, and filled with wondrous delights. And who better to make them with than master pastry chef and chocolatier Wilhelm Wanders at the Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont.
- KQED Life: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 12:00pm
Candy Wrapper Pasta/La Pasta Di Caramelle (#2414) Duration: 26:56 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann makes magic with a fresh pasta creation that looks like candy and tastes like heaven, called Caramelle. Each bite-sized, tiny pillow shaped masterpiece, twisted at each end, filled with ricotta cheese, prosciutto di parma, parmigiano reggiano cheese, then goes for a happy swim in a butter sauce, on its way to your waiting fork.
- KQED Life: Thu, Oct 2, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
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: Fri, Oct 3, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Eggplant/Melanzane (#2201) Duration: 26:55 STEREO TVG
Basket in hand, Mary Ann visits her husband Guy's late summer garden to harvest ripe and tender eggplants to make hearty Couscous with Eggplant and - surprise - a Whole Wheat Pizza with Grilled Eggplant. Never have so few (eggplants) done so much for so many.
- KQED Life: Mon, Oct 6, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
More Than Pizza/Piu' Della Pizza (#2202) Duration: 26:55 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann says goodbye to ordinary, everyday pizza and uses its dough to create a mouthwatering Spinach and Cheese Tart in a savory pumpkin seed Crust. Then she turns heads - and dough - to put a new twist on an old favorite by making Pepperoni Pizza Pretzels. Don't order take out. Stay home and do this instead.
- KQED Life: Tue, Oct 7, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Healthy Eating/Cibo Per La Salute (#2203) Duration: 26:50 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann joins nutritional forces with First Lady of New Hampshire, and pediatrician Dr. Susan Lynch, to advocate simple, healthy eating for both children and adults, by making Chicken Cacciatore, Fennel/Avocado and Orange Salad, and Low Fat Yogurt Sundae.
- KQED Life: Wed, Oct 8, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Delicious Sauces/Le Salse Deliziose (#2204) Duration: 26:52 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann proves that a great sauce can turn everyday eating into a Sunday treat when she prepares a hearty Oven Baked Beef Shin Tomato Ragu over short cut pasta, followed by a delicate Ricotta Cheese Sauce, and then finishes up with a citrusy Sicilian Lemon and Olive Oil Sauce that makes ordinary fish taste fantastic.
- KQED Life: Thu, Oct 9, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
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: Fri, Oct 10, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Festival of the Seven Fishes/La Festa Dei Sette Pesci (#2205) Duration: 26:56 STEREO TVG
Mayor of Boston Thomas M. Menino and Mary Ann celebrate their Italian American heritage by preparing a Christmas Eve banquet called "The Feast of the Seven Fishes." Starting with baccala, then skillet fried shrimp, then tuna, smelts, swordfish, calamari and clams, the tradition continues, and so do their appetites!
- KQED Life: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Exquisite Cakes/Le Torte Squisite (#2206) Duration: 26:39 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann and young friend Rachel Carew join forces nella cucina to satisfy their sweet tooths by preparing an Upside Down Peach Tart. But that's not all; there's still time to make a rich and creamy ricotta cheesecake in amaretti cookie crust to create, -- more importantly, to enjoy a tavola (at the table). You're invited!
- KQED Life: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Gourmet Vegetables/Le Verdure Del Buongustaio (#2207) Duration: 26:29 STEREO TVG
Master Chef and "Cinque Terra" Italian restaurant owner Lee Skawinski brings hard-to-find ramps nella cucina to make his signature dish; Stuffed Swiss Chard, Mushrooms, Grilled Ramps, Prosciutto di San Daniele and Gorgonzola DOP cheese. Mary Ann adds to the fun with her own creation; Onions and Peppers Molise-style. Two chefs, great food, no waiting.
- KQED Life: Wed, Oct 15, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Cooking Abruzzi Style/La Cucina Abruzzese (#2208) Duration: 27:09 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann surprises good friend and Italian Specialty grocery store owner Joe Pace by preparing his favorite Abruzzi recipes: a traditional Spaghetti, Saffron and Asparagus dish, then sumptuous Roast Lamb with Rosemary, and ends Joe's perfect meal with the perfect dessert, a gelato and espresso favorite: Affogato.
- KQED Life: Thu, Oct 16, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
All About Burrata/Tutto Su Burrata (#2420) Duration: 28:46 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: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Vegetable Casseroles/Casseruole Delle Verdure (#2209) Duration: 26:51 STEREO TVG
The bounty of Guy's Garden yields Mary Ann every vegetable she needs nella cucina to make Chunky Vegetarian Vegetable Stew, so rich and satisfying, you'll never look at a can of soup again. Then, with some lovely leeks left, she tops things off with Baked Leeks in White Sauce.
- KQED Life: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Special Pasta/Pasta Speciale (#2210) Duration: 26:43 STEREO TVG
Fresh homemade pasta is on the menu as Mary Ann creates uniquely-shaped Garganelli with a velvety-smooth Prosciutto di Parma and Cream sauce. Then she turns ordinary breadcrumbs, eggs and nutmeg into a classic, tube-shaped Passatelli and steeps them in soul-satisfying Chicken Broth.
- KQED Life: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Cooking with the Chef/Cucinando Con Lo Chef (#2211) Duration: 26:50 STEREO TVG
Award-winning Executive Chef Daniel Bruce takes a day off from his Rowe Wharf Sea Grille restaurant in Boston, to cook vegetarian with Mary Ann nella cucina, where they prepare Daniel's daughter's favorite; Ricotta and Parmesan Cheese Eggplant Rollatini and then Mary Ann's complements is with her classic Italian favorite, Neapolitan Style Stuffed Red Peppers.
- KQED Life: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Umbrian Cooking/La Cucina Umbra (#2212) Duration: 26:44 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to the "Green Heart of Italy," Umbria, where she teaches her eager culinary students the fine (and tasty) art of Strangozzi Pasta Spoleto Style, Stuffed Guinea Fowl, Farro with Vegetables and for dessert, a fabulous, custard-like Umbrian treat, Crescionda. Viva Italia!
- KQED Life: Thu, Oct 23, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Piedmont Party/Festa Piemontese (#2421) Duration: 28:46 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: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Clams/Le Vongole (#2213) Duration: 26:56 STEREO TVG
Seafood Super Chef Jasper White brings enough freshly-caught clams to make two fantastic dishes, starting with Mary Ann's Spaghetti with Clams and ending with Jasper's unique and unforgettable, Clams Minestrone - yes, you heard right. Minestrone. One spoonful and you'll agree; fantastico!
- KQED Life: Mon, Oct 27, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Pugliese Pasta/La Pasta Pugliese (#2214) Duration: 26:52 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann celebrates the pasta of Puglia by making sauce-holding cavatelli (little caves) and then she creates "Stracnar" a rarely-seen pasta nowadays, that requires a handmade "Cavarola Board" to create its distinctive imprint. All of this and sauce too! A Lamb Ragu for the Stracnar and Prosciutto di Parma and Fava Bean for the cavatelli. Who doesn't love pasta?
- KQED Life: Tue, Oct 28, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Mom's Cookies/Biscotti Della Mamma (#2215) Duration: 26:54 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann visits a Pasticerria in Perugia, Italy to admire the many cookies on display. But none can compare to the ones she makes nella cucina: Mom's Dried Cherry, Cranberry and Pistachio Nut Shortbread Cookies, Mom's Date Nut Bars, and the grand finale; Ligurian Tea Cookies. Moms always know best, don't they?
- KQED Life: Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
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: Thu, Oct 30, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Piedmont Food: Easy, Elegant and Classic/Il Cibo Piemontese: Facile, Elegante, Classico (#2422) Duration: 28:46 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: Fri, Oct 31, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Something Sweet/Qualcosa Di Dolce (#2217) Duration: 26:54 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann pulls out the stops when it comes to a "bomb" of an ice cream treat: La Bomba. She starts with lady fingers dipped in Marsala wine, and adds them to a mold, along with coffee and vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream. Still hungry? How about a comforting Ricotta pudding guaranteed to sooth your soul? Sweets for the sweet.
- KQED Life: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Cooking School for Everyone/La Scuola Di Cucina Per Tutti (#2218) Duration: 26:54 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann meets a group of eager students who want to learn the art of making pasta from scratch. She shows them how to make the playful-looking Farfalle (Butterflies) and off they go to do it themselves. Then it's on to a Sicilian cookie treat; Cuccidati, a tart, citrusy delight with a lemony frosting. Class dismissed! and happy too.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 4, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Cooking with Herbs/Cucinando Con Le Herbe (#2219) Duration: 26:55 STEREO TVG
The tables are turned when Mary Ann invites Ciao Italia's Director of Photography Bob Tomaselli to come out from behind his studio camera and join her nella cucina to make Halibut in Lemon Sauce, Baked Fennel in White Sauce with Cheese and Herb Flavored Crumbs, and colorful, tasty Green Focaccia.
- KQED Life: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Chicken/Pollo (#2220) Duration: 26:55 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann proves there are more ways to cook chicken than you can possibly imagine by preparing classic Chicken with Wine and Grapes, then a wintry-perfect Chicken and Fontina Casserole, and finishes off with easy-to-prepare Chicken Cutlets Stuffed with Ham and Herbs. Don't be chicken with chicken.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 6, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Frittata Party/Una Festa Della Frittata (#2423) Duration: 28:46 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: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Cooking for Friends/Cucinando Per Gli Amici (#2221) Duration: 26:53 STEREO TVG
It's Sunday when Mary Ann visits Christina and Carla Pallotta, two sisters who are the driving force behind Nebo Restaurant in Boston, MA, where they're preparing their mom's favorite recipes for visiting friends. Ricotta Gnocchi with Rape and Pignola Nut Sauce, followed by Stuffed Breast of Veal, with Fontina Cheese Polenta and Wild Mushrooms on the side. Great sisters. Lucky friends.
- KQED Life: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Antipasto Favorites/Antipasti Favoriti (#2222) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Got a party coming up? Look no further than Mary Ann to help you feed your hungry guests with these creative antipasti: quick-to-prepare Chickpea Meatballs, tart and refreshing Marinated Shrimp and Cannellini Beans, and Pizza Antipasti with clever toppings. Let the fun - and food - begin!
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Company Dinner/La Cena Per Gli Ospiti (#2223) Duration: 26:51 STEREO TVG
Author and food critic John Mariani joins Mary Ann nella cucina to pair fantastic wines with an equally fantastic dinner, starting with a clever Chickpea Flatbread, then under the broiler goes Marinated Lamb Shoulder Chops with Fresh Mint Sauce. For dessert, what else? Buttermilk Panna Cotta with a dessert wine to send you to heaven - and keep you there.
- KQED Life: Wed, Nov 12, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Cauliflower/Broccolo (#2224) Duration: 26:51 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann's in a creative mood, nella cucina, when she turns the humble cauliflower into a masterful star, starting with luscious Creamy Cauliflower Baked in a Mold. Then it's time for a colorful and hearty Broccolo and Pasta that will leave you cheering for cauliflower the next time you see it in your grocery store - or better yet, in your garden.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Cooking at the Barilla Academy/Cucinando all'Academia Barilla (#2424) Duration: 28:46 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: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Cheeses/Formaggi (#2225) Duration: 26:52 STEREO TVG
There's no end to what you can do with cheese, and Mary Ann proves it by combining it into a Four Cheese Pizza, grating it into potatoes for a pan-fried Frico, and shredding, then melting it into a Grana Padano Cheese Basket with Basil Oil Infusion. Cheese? Please!
- KQED Life: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
More Umbrian Cooking/Piu' Cucina Umbra (#2226) Duration: 26:50 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to a cooking school in Spoleto, Italy, where her students are eager to learn the fine art of creating the classic Capelletti in Brodo (Little Hats in Chicken Broth), followed by hearty and filling Lentils with Leeks and Sausage, then spinach-filled Torta al Testo (Bread on a Stone). Porchetta (Rolled, Stuffed Pork) caps off the main course, followed by a Fresh Fruit Tart for a rousing finish to this perfect Umbrian meal.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Fresh Fruit, So Good/La Frutta Fresca, Buonissima (#2301) Duration: 26:41 STEREO TVG
Yogurt never had it so good as when Mary Ann marries it with drippy, glazy apricots. Then it's on to Pears swimming in an exquisite Marsala sauce. At a loss for what to do with that summer watermelon? Find out what happy surprise happens when you pair it up with feta cheese. It's a fruit free for all, and you're invited!
- KQED Life: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Sweet Things/Cose Dolci (#2302) Duration: 26:42 STEREO TVG
Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina Raimondo knows her way around fiscal cliffs and the family kitchen too as she and Mary Ann create an elegant Torta Margherita alla Crema di Caffe'. Then Mary Ann commits a calorie-cost overrun with her irresistible Chocolate Mousse, but Gina seconds Mary Ann's motion to dismiss - to enjoy this dessert instead.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Strawberries and Raspberries for Dessert/Fragole e Lamponi per Dessert (#2425) Duration: 28:46 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: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Eat Salads!/Mangiate L'insalate (#2303) Duration: 26:43 STEREO TVG
There's no end to the salads Mary Ann can create when Guy's Garden is in full-delivery mode, starting with a healthy, hearty Bulgur Salad. Then she combines two of her favorite veggies. Cauliflower and Broccoli in a creative, "give me seconds" salad, and finishes off her parade of salads with a tart and tasty Radicchio Salad.
- KQED Life: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Tasty and Easy Chicken/Pollo Saporito E Facile (#2304) Duration: 26:44 STEREO TVG
It tastes a lot like chicken because it is - made especially delicious when Mary Ann prepares her signature Chicken Thighs in Beer, simmered until totally terrific. Then she stuffs chicken breasts with a creative combination of fresh spinach and creamy gorgonzola, and then bakes them until fork tender and table ready. Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to here.
- KQED Life: Tue, Nov 25, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Homemade Ricotta/Ricotta Fatta In Casa (#2305) Duration: 26:45 STEREO TVG
You'll never use store-bought ricotta again, after Mary Ann shows you how easy it is to make it yourself. And once it's done, get ready to make an unforgettable dessert: Roasted Pineapple with Ricotta Cream filled with crunchy pistachios. And don't forget this summertime, wintertime, anytime light luncheon treat: Ricotta Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes.
- KQED Life: Wed, Nov 26, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Give Me Scallops!/Dammi Cappesante! (#2306) Duration: 26:43 STEREO TVG
Seafood Master Chef Jasper White weighs anchor in the Ciao Italia kitchen and delivers Mary Ann the biggest scallops ever seen to create his famous Jumbo Sea Scallops in Their Shells. Not to be outdone by Jasper's ocean-inspired creativity, Mary Ann brings the garden to the sea to create her equally famous Scallops with Spinach.
- KQED Life: Thu, Nov 27, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder
The Best Cocktails and Snacks/Ottimi Cocktails e Stuzzichini (#2426) Duration: 28:46 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: Fri, Nov 28, 2014 -- 12:00pm email reminder