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."
Sweet Things/Cose Dolci (#2302) Duration: 28:42 STEREO TVG
- KQED Life: Mon, May 20, 2013 -- 12:00pm
The Cooking of Campania / La Cucina Di Campagna (#2008) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann has eager - and hungry - cooking students all to herself in a Italian restaurant kitchen in Amalfi. Without missing a beat they prepare traditional Campania recipes: Gnocchi Sorrentino, Eggplant Parmigiano, Veal Scallopine, and Shrimp Amalfi-Style. They top it off with an Amalfi Lemon Cake. Ahhhh....Amalfi.
- KQED Life: Tue, May 21, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Mushroom Fantasy/Una Fantasia Dei Funghi (#2109) Duration: 26:50 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann visits the magical world of David Connor, AKA "Mister Tomato" who grows the most fantastic mushrooms you've ever seen in a energy-efficient greenhouse. He gives her a basket full to take nella cucina to create a hearty Pasta with Mushroom Sauce, a wintertime treat of White Polenta with Mushrooms and Peppers, and finishes it off with a Baked Mushroom Frittata. How about them tomatoes?
- KQED Life: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Before Anything, the Antipasti / Prima di Tutto gli Antipasti (#2010) Duration: 26:35 STEREO TVG
Food critic and wine expert John Mariani joins Mary Ann nella cucina to match great wines with great antipasti. Crunchy Artichoke and Cheese Crostini is followed by Marinated Salmon Trout. Then Mary Ann's Little Fried Mozzarella Balls join in a finale with Melted Scamorza. Great antipasti, great wines, great friends. The perfect afternoon.
- KQED Life: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Zucchini / La Zucca! (#2011) Duration: 26:54 STEREO TVG
What to do with all the zucchini a summer garden can produce? When schoolteacher Becky Lane stops by nella cucina, Mary Ann teaches her the fine art of gnocchi-making by preparing Ricotta Cheese and Zucchini Gnocchi. And there's still zucchini left! Enough to make a savory, crisp-crusted Potato, Zucchini and Cheese Tart.
- KQED Life: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Eat Salads!/Mangiate L'insalate (#2303) Duration: 26:43 STEREO TVG
- KQED Life: Mon, May 27, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Only Five Ingredients / Solo Cinque Ingredienti (#2012) Duration: 26:36 STEREO TVG
It's as easy as 1..2..3...(4...5) when Mary Ann shows you how to prepare four great recipes using only 5 ingredients each. She starts with hearty Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops in White Wine and then moves on to fork-tender, Pan Cooked Fennel. Then it's salad time; a crunchy Escarole Salad, followed by an Orange and Fennel Salad.
- KQED Life: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Tuna! / Tonno! (#2013) Duration: 26:50 STEREO TVG
Seafood Super-Chef Jasper White weighs anchor nella cucina with a catch of fresh tuna for Mary Ann. The two of them batten down the hatches and make Chopped Tuna Tartar, Tuna with Herbs, Sweet and Sour Tuna and a recipe named in her honor, Tuna Carpaccio Esposito. One look and you'll be hooked.
- KQED Life: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Meatballs? You Bet! / Polpettone? Ma Certo! (#2014) Duration: 26:45 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann transforms the humble meat loaf into a mouthwatering masterpiece when she creates an Italian Meat Loaf by rolling it up, not shaping it up. There's plenty of meat left over for her to make a Meatball Soup guaranteed to take the chill out of a winter's day with the secret zest of lemon to make it sparkle.
- KQED Life: Thu, May 30, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Festival! / La Festa (#2015) Duration: 26:43 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann accepts vocalist Erin Caruso's invitation to attend the "Feast of the Three Saints" festival in Lawrence, MA to enjoy what this traditional festival has to offer, beginning with a visit to Tripoli Bakery to sample traditional Italian pastries and ending at the Italian Kitchen for some classic Crispelli. Music, stories, songs and more - you're invited!
- KQED Life: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Tasty and Easy Chicken/Pollo Saporito E Facile (#2304) Duration: 26:44 STEREO TVG
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Calzones! / Calzoni! (#2016) Duration: 26:52 STEREO TVG
Bread-baking guru Ciril Hitz visits Mary Ann nella cucina for a calzone bake-a-thon. Ciril starts things off with his signature Wild-Mushroom Whole Wheat Calzone and then creates a Summer Vegetable version. Mary Ann finishes the marathon with a savory, pork-filled Calzone. Bet you can't eat just three (or four)!
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
In Campania with Students / In Campagna Studenti (#2017) Duration: 26:50 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Sorrento, Italy on the Amalfi Coast where she's joined by a group of eager, hungry students who prepare classic Campania recipes like Cheese-Filled Ravioli, Capri Style, Grandma Galasso's Stuffed, Rolled Beef, Seafood Salad, and to top things off, Chocolate Almond Cake, Amalfi-Style.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jun 5, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Eat Cardoons! / Mangiate Cardi! (#2018) Duration: 26:42 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann's in for a treat when she visits Spring Ledge Farm in New London, NH for their cardoon harvest. Bearing a basket of this unique, celery-like vegetable, she visits famed children's book author and illustrator Tomie DePaola for lunch, and together they make Fried Cardoons, Twice-Cooked Cardoons, Cardoons Brindisi-Style, and they still want more! You will too.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Perfect Paccheri / Paccheri Perfetti (#2019) Duration: 27:06 STEREO TVG
This unique, tube-shaped pasta has room inside for all kinds of secret things. Mary Ann recounts how Italians used to smuggle cloves of garlic across the Austrian border inside these little beauties. But today she makes even better use of them by creating Paccheri with Shrimp, Paccheri with Mushroom Sauce, and Paccheri with Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Smuggle in your appetite.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Homemade Ricotta/Ricotta Fatta In Casa (#2305) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 10, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Nonna Galasso's Neapolitan Easter Bread / Casatiello alla Nonna Galasso (#2020) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVG
There's no place like home, and no cook like Grandma Galasso. Mary Ann remembers her Nonna's traditional Easter treat when she prepares Grandma Galasso's Savory Filled Neapolitan Easter Bread. Stuffed with mouthwatering chunks of Mortadella and Provolone, it's a childhood memory come to life... and to the table.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 11, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Congratulations! / Congratulazione! (#2021) Duration: 27:14 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann teaches the beauty of Italian cooking to a group of enthusiastic culinary arts students at Boston's Metropolitan College. They starts with Handmade Black Pepper Fettuccine, and then a hearty Beef Stew with Roasted Vegetables, followed by Stuffed Swiss Chard. The final exam? A moist and delicate Fig and Grape Cake. Everybody gets an A-plus! Class dismissed. Let's eat.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jun 12, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Earth and Sea / Terra E Mare (#2022) Duration: 26:58 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann's expecting company: he likes fish, she likes meat. Simple solution; make both. And so she does with Baked Fish and Potatoes, using sliced potatoes, fish and thyme. Then she prepares a hearty Beefsteak, Neapolitan-Style, made with mushrooms and the tangy zest of lemon. Supper's on the table and all is right with the world.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 -- 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: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Give Me Scallops!/Dammi Cappesante! (#2306) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 17, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Neapolitan Pasta / Scialatielli (#2024) Duration: 26:37 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann explores the backstreets of Naples for inspiration to create Scialatielli, a linguine-like pasta favorite of the Campania region. To it she adds a spicy tomato and clam sauce to create a traditional seafood dish unique to the city of Naples. One taste is almost as good as being there.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Cookie Favorites / Biscotti Favoriti (#2025) Duration: 26:22 STEREO TVG
Peter Scognamillo is one great baker and he's just a kid! When Mary Ann invites him to stop by nella cucina to make cookies, Peter brings his recipe for Maddalena Raspberry Cookies; two buttery, crisp wafers filled with raspberry jam. Then it's Mary Ann's turn, and she shows Peter how to make Almond Crisps. Open up that cookie jar!
- KQED Life: Wed, Jun 19, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Cooking with Friends in Amalfi / Cucinando Con Gli Amici in Amalfi (#2026) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Marblehead, MA to re-unite with Harry Lange, a cooking class student who traveled with her to the Amalfi coast. He wants to learn more about the regional recipes, so Mary Ann does just that as they create Scallops in Vinaigrette, Sea Bass with Orange Sauce, Mushroom Salad and Hazelnut, and finish off the splendid Amalfitani meal with Chocolate and Banana Tartlets.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jun 20, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Lamb Roman Style/Abbacchio Alla Romana (#2101) Duration: 26:58 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann re-creates a classic Roman meal, starting with a trip to the butcher to prepare a Marinated Leg of Lamb that's fit for an emperor's feast. Then she shows you the trick of preparing Roman-style Artichokes, and finishes off with a hearty Potato Casserole. Even when you're not in Rome, you can eat as the Romans do.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Italian Cooking Lessons/Lezioni Di Cuciina Italiana (#2307) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG
- KQED Life: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
White Asparagus/Asparagi Bianchi (#2102) Duration: 27:03 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann takes a good, long look at this elegant white vegetable before creating a spring-fresh Cream of Asparagus Soup, a crisp White Asparagus Salad, and an Italian favorite, Asparagus, Bassano del Grappo-style, topped with a rich, buttery egg sauce. One look at this snow-white gift from the garden and you'll be green with envy.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 25, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Pizza On Parade/Una Parata Della Pizza (#2103) Duration: 26:54 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann fires up the oven and calls in the kitchen troops to help her turn out a dizzying array of pizzas in no time flat, starting with spicy Asparagus, Sausage and Peppers Pizza, a classic Prosciutto and Pine Nut Pizza, Sun Dried Tomato and Cheese Pizza, and winds up the parade with a Mixed Mushroom Pizza. Grab your knife and fork and don't forget your appetite.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jun 26, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
Onions Make The Meal/Le Cipolle Fanno Il Pasto (#2104) Duration: 26:55 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann visits Guy's garden to harvest a fresh crop of onions for two of her favorite recipes. Then it's nella cucina, where she creates a masterpiece of pastry and vegetables: the Onion Tart. And what do to with those big fat onions? Neapolitan-Style Onions, of course. This simplest of recipes that brings out their sweetness along with the surprising tang of whole cloves. No tears here. Just cheers for the mighty onion!
- KQED Life: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
St. Anthony's Feast/La Festa Di San Antonio (#2105) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Boston, MA to enjoy one of the summer's premiere street celebrations; St. Anthony's Feast. She and feast chairman Joe DiGirolamo tour the jam-packed, food-filled streets to sample a cornucopia of Italian festival food. Later, Mary Ann treats the crowd to a food demonstration where she prepares a Sicilian favorite; Linguine with Pistachio Mint Pesto and Tuna. Viva San'Antonio!
- KQED Life: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 -- 12:00pm email reminder
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