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."
A Day Without Pasta? Never!/Una Giornata senza la Pasta? Mai! (#2409) Duration: 27:04 STEREO TVG
Gluten-free doesn't mean pasta free, when Mary Ann shows you how to prepare an unforgettable Gluten-free Pasta with Mushroom and Prosciutto di Parma Ragu. In a hurry? Slow down with Mary Ann's make-and-forget Slow Cook Lasagne.
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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.
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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.
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Italian Cooking Lessons/Lezioni Di Cuciina Italiana (#2307) Duration: 26:52 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann gathers food bloggers from across the country in classroom setting at the Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont to show them the ins and outs of delicate Sweet Potato Gnocchi, savory Chicken Cutlets in White Wine, and to top things off, her ever-elegant Mom's Chiffon Cake with Lime Curd. Great food to write home about - and blog about too!
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What Figs! - Che Fichi! (#2308) Duration: 26:33 STEREO TVG
It's harvest time for Mary Ann's fig tree, and she's got a brimful basket of these tender beauties to create a savory Fig and Prosciutto Pizza. Then she makes a perfect dessert for a perfect meal; Figs with Whipped Cream. And if that's not enough figs to feature fondly, how about Amaretti-Stuffed Figs to snack on while you think about next year's crop of fantastic figs?
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Piedmont Veggies/Le Verdure Alla Piemontese (#2410) Duration: 26:52 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann's at the market in Mondovi, Italy to pick up fresh veggies for some terrific Piedmont recipes. Then she heads back nel castello, to the castle kitchen of good friend Pattie Bongiovanni, to prepare a creamy Carrot and Cauliflower Soup, delicate Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, and then finishes off her veggie voyage with a Piedmont Savory Custard.
Polenta with Vegetables/Polenta Con Le Verdure (#2309) Duration: 26:45 STEREO TVG
Master Chef Lucca Paris of Lucca's Mediterranean Cafe in Keene, NH brings a basket full of straight-from the garden veggies and freshly-ground cornmeal to Mary Ann in her Ciao Italia kitchen. Together they make a simple but dramatic Chicory Tart with Onions, Umbrian Style, and then use the freshly-picked eggplant to make a hearty, winter-perfect Eggplant Stew with Polenta Squares.
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Taste of Sicily/Sapore Di Sicilia (#2310) Duration: 26:41 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann recalls her Sicilian ancestry to create Impanata, Baked Pasta Casserole, Sicilian Style. Mary Ann starts with authentic, "O"-shaped Anneletti pasta as the star attraction of this complex production, to which she adds Pork Ragu, Peas and tomato sauce blended together in a creamy rich bechamel sauce and baked until the table is set and guests are invited to enjoy her Sicilian treat. Mangia tutti!
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Pasta As You Like It/Pasta A Piacere (#2311) Duration: 26:40 STEREO TVG
Pasta from the garden? You bet, when Mary Ann's got all the ingredients at hand, fresh-picked from Guy's garden, to create Penne with Cauliflower Ragu. Then she sidesteps your everyday pesto and goes for Fettuccine with Arugula Pesto. Mary Ann finishes off this trio of terrific treats with Pasta with Fried Zucchine.
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Lombardy Cooking/La Cucina Lombarda (#2312) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels with her students to the Northern Italian region of Lombardia in the foot hills of the Swiss Alps to teach them the unique recipes of this small, but picturesque and prosperous region, starting with Osso Bucco with Gremolata Sauce, followed by Buckwheat Pasta, and then Baked Radicchio and Gorgonzola Cheese, and finishing of with Sbrisolona, a delicate cornmeal cake for dessert.
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Shrimp Two Ways/Due Modi Di Gamberi (#2411) Duration: 29:15 STEREO TVG
Seafood Master chef and bosom-buddy Jasper White brings Mary Ann stupendous shrimp, the likes of which she's never seen. Jasper starts off the feast with his classic, spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo. Then Mary Ann surprises him with Shrimp on Sand with with Marinated Vegetables. Just wait until you see the "sand."
Let's Make Dinner/Facciamo La Cena (#2313) Duration: 26:43 STEREO TVG
Home is where you'll find the happiest of meals, especially when they have an Italian flair to them as only Mary Ann can give, starting with plump, roasted, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, accompanied by her signature contorno, side dish, of Roasted Squash with Hazelnuts and Sage Sauce. But this great dinner's not done until dessert. How does a decadent Raspberry Mascarpone Budino Pudding sound to you?
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Three (Creamy) Soups/Tre Zuppe Cremose (#2314) Duration: 26:44 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann says why buy soup from a can when you can create these three dreamy, creamy creations, starting with a delicate Cream of Cauliflower Soup, then a down-to-earth Creamy Mushroom Soup, and finishing off with a garden-variety variation of Creamy Leek, Carrot and Potato Soup.
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Sandwiches for Little Easter/Panini Per Pasquetta (#2315) Duration: 27:02 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Boston's Tutto Italiano Italian Specialty store, where the Locilento family prepares a variety of foods to celebrate the day after Easter. Back in the bakery, Emilio bakes the crunchy Panini for sandwiches, in the kitchen Angelo makes his classic frittata sandwich, while out front Mary Ann and Marilena make all sorts of fabulous sandwiches for the hungry customers, including Boston's Mayor Tom Menino, who stops by for his favorite Little Easter sandwich.
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Pasta Roman Style/Pasta Alla Romana (#2316) Duration: 26:39 STEREO TVG
Consul General to Boston Giuseppe Pastorelli loves only one thing more than eating Pasta alla Gricia, and that's making it with Mary Ann in her kitchen, where they create his favorite Roman-style pasta. Then he helps Mary Ann prepare one of Ciao Italia's all time favorites: Pasta all'Amatriciana. Two good friends, two great pastas, one great kitchen.
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Classic and New Salads/L' Insalate Classiche e Nuove (#2412) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG
Guy's garden is in all its glory, when Mary Ann comes to harvest the veggies she need to create some creative salads, starting with a poached-perfect Salmon Salad, a crunchy, crispy Roasted Kale Salad and finishes off with a rarely-seen Italian Agretti Salad.
All About Farro/Tutto Del Farro (#2317) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann's nutty about this little known but highly versatile, healthy, hearty grain. As proof of this most ancient of grains, she makes Farro Crespelle, a heroic Farro Casserole, and crunchy, savory Farro Meatballs. All's farro in love and war, and in the kitchen too.
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Seafood Feast/La Festa Di Frutti Di Mare (#2318) Duration: 26:40 STEREO TVG
All hands on deck as Mary Ann harvests a great bounty from her local fishmonger to create an elegant Sicilian Mussel Soup. Then she keeps it simple but superb with her famous Scallops in Vinaigrette, followed by a heavenly Clams Vasto Style.
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Organic Pasta/Pasta Organico (#2319) Duration: 26:50 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Valicenti Organico, in Hollis, New Hampshire to make pasta with owners David and Michelle Valicenti, whose secret to fantastic fresh pasta is simple ingredients and lots of patience and love. David starts off with his Lobster-filled Ravioli, and then Michelle prepares her unbeatably terrific Gluten-free Fettucine with Basil Pesto. Great pastas, great folks, great fun.
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Pears and Pistachios/Pere E Pistacchi (#2320) Duration: 26:43 STEREO TVG
Fresh fruit never had it so good as when Mary Ann combines pears and apples in a creamy tart that's almost - but not quite, thank goodness - too beautiful to eat. And who said pistachios are only good for snacking? Mary Ann proves otherwise when she urges these tasty treats to a higher calling by make them the star attraction of her delightful Pistachio Tart.
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Bigne! (#2413) Duration: 28:46 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.
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Little Cheese Plates/Piattini Del Formaggio (#2321) Duration: 26:42 STEREO TVG
Cheese expert extraordinaire, Lou Di Paolo of Di Paolo's Fine Foods in Brooklyn, NY, brings a dazzling array of Italian cheeses to Mary Ann's kitchen, where they taste and talk while preparing Little Cheese Plates, Little Cheese Balls, Tuna and Eggs, fresh-from-the-oven Spinach Sfogliatine, and creamy Asiago Quenelles.
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Real Neapolitan Pizza/La Verace Pizza Napoletana (#2322) Duration: 26:55 STEREO TVG
Pizza was invented in Naples, and Pizzaola Gennaro Nasti proves it when he invites Mary Ann to help him stoke his wood-fired oven at Venda Bar in Providence, Rhode Island to create absolute authentic Neapolitan pizzas like Pizza Margherita Classico, Pizza Margherita Moderna, Pizza Napolitana Marinara and his very own Pizza allo Genaro Nasti.
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From Guy's Garden/Dell'orto Di Gaetano (#2323) Duration: 26:50 STEREO TVG
With perfect, pristine peppers from Guy's Garden, Mary Ann goes nella cucina to make a vibrant, colorful Red Pepper Torte with Pepper Sauce. Then it's time to get creative with the perfect side dish: Sweet Peppers with Garlic and Mint. Need some heat? Stand back and get ready for Mary Ann's very own, spicy, hot, hot, hot Red Pepper Spread.
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Snacks/Le Merende (#2324) Duration: 26:35 STEREO TVG
In the mood for meaningful marvelous mouthfuls? Mary Ann satisfies your starving snack center with a plateful of crunchy Biscotti di Parmigiano Reggiano. And if you're still not full, a thick slice of a Panini Napoletani is guaranteed to satisfy your senses and let you leave the table happy.
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Candy Wrapper Pasta/La Pasta Di Caramelle (#2414) Duration: 28:46 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.
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From The Sea/Del Mare (#2325) Duration: 26:12 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann's "gone fishing" once again, and this time it's the deep blue in search of succulent swordfish for her marinated, grilled Swordfish Skewers. Then it's off to Italy's Amalfi coast to savor her classic, spicy, tomato-simmering Shrimp Amalfi-Style.
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Cooking of Liguria/La Cucina Ligure (#2326) Duration: 26:53 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels with her students to the stunning coastline of Liguria to enjoy the sights and sounds of the "Italian Riviera", and to teach them the fine art of Ligurian cuisine, starting with artisanal, coin-shaped Corzetti pasta, a complex, pesto-based Minestrone, Genoa Style, red wine infused Rabbit, Ligurian Style and for dessert, unique Jam Filled Tarts from Rapallo, called Gobelletti.
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Chicken Never Tasted So Good/Pollo Mai Assaggiato Cosi Buono (#2401) Duration: 26:57 STEREO TVG
It's "Here, chick, chick, chick..." when Mary Ann shows you how quick and easy it is to prepare a clever Chicken and Cauliflower Lasagne. Then upon a waiting bed of hot polenta she serves up a Venetian specialty, Burano Style Chicken.
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Focaccia Recco-Style/Focaccia Di Recco (#2402) Duration: 27:03 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann re-creates, step-by-step, the elegant art of making one of Liguria's most famous "street foods" Focaccia di Recco, named after the town that made it famous for its crispy outsides and creamy, cheese-filled insides that have captured the hearts - and appetites - of Italians, and now Americans too!
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Would You Like a Bowl of Soup?/Vorebbe Una Ciotola della Minestra (#2415) Duration: 28:46 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!
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And The Winner Is.... (#2403) Duration: 26:59 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany to cook with recipe award-winner Nadine Mesch, whose Seared Tuna Topped with Fennel and Arugula and Caper Lemon Sauce recipe won the grand prize award and a trip to Italy. Mary Ann adds her signature Papardelle with Ragu to the table and it's a blue-ribbon day for everyone.
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The Art of the Artichoke/L'arte Del Carciofo (#2404) Duration: 26:58 STEREO TVG
Frozen in the freezer or fresh from the garden, Mary Ann elevates artichokes to a new art form, when she goes nella cucina, to the kitchen, to create a quick and elegant, puff-pastry Artichoke Tart. And then turns ordinary risotto into a rhapsodic Risotto with Artichokes.
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Eat Legumes/Mangiate I Legumi (#2405) Duration: 27:05 STEREO TVG
Nothing takes the chill out of a cold winter's night better than hot and hearty Straccetti with Cannellini Beans, complete with homemade pasta, and Mary Ann shows you how. And when summer rolls around? Roll out a happy bowl of Chickpea Salad, filled with prosciutto di parma, olives and fresh thyme.
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Classic Piedmont Antipasti/Antipasti alla Piemontese (#2406) Duration: 26:38 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann travels to Pattie Bongiovanni's castle in the Piedmont region of Italy, where she makes herself home in Pattie's kitchen to prepare an antipasti table filled with memorable, regional treats, like Little Ricotta Cheese Balls, Peppers Castellana Style, and a bowl of crunchy vegetables perfect for dipping in a Bagna Cauda of extra virgin olive oil.
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Piedmont Cheese/I Formaggi Piemontesi (#2416) Duration: 28:46 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.
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Gubana and Colomba/Gubana E Colomba (#2407) Duration: 27:02 STEREO TVG
Pastry Master Chef Nick Malgieri joins Mary Ann nella cucina to reveal the secret of creating the perfect Gubana, a sweet, spiraled cross between bread and cake, filled with chocolate, raisins, and orange zest. Mary Ann makes Easter that much sweeter by preparing a classic, dove-shaped Colomba.
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Who Wants Prosciutto di San Danielle?/Chi Vuole Prosciutto di San Daniele? (#2408) Duration: 26:57 STEREO TVG
Mary Ann makes Prosciutto San Daniele the star of the show when she prepares a simple yet delicious Prosciutto San Danielle Roll-Ups, Parmesan Cheese Pudding and Prosciutto di San Daniele Salad.
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Give Me Rice/Dammi Il Riso (#2417) Duration: 28:46 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?
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