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September 18, 2014

Getting Ready for Fall: Apples

I love getting ready for apple season, and this delicious cake was passed down from my  Nonna Rosa.  I still enjoy making it with my grandchildren during this time of year. Grandma Rosa’s Apple Cake found in Lidia’s Common Sense Cookbook ( Alfred A Knopf, 2013).Lidia Bastianich

September 10, 2014

88th Feast of San Gennaro


On Thursday the 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro begins in NYC. It is the longest running festival which will take place for 11 days. It begins on Thursday September 11 and runs through September 21. For those who are in the NYC area be sure to explore this feast, for those who are not in that area you can bring that experience into your home by making zeppole found in Lidia’s Italy in America Cookbook (Alfred A.Knopf, 2011) or sausage and peppers found in Lidia’s Favorite Recipes Cookbook ( Alfred A Knopf 2012). This always reminds me of a great feast. Enjoy!

September 4, 2014

In and around Trentino-Alto Adige

Trento is famous as the setting for the Council of Trent (1545-1563), which gave rise to the Counter-Reformation. There are many places to visit, but my favorite is the Castello di Buonconsiglio, which overlooks the city. Inside, the frescoes of the Labors of the Month give an accurate portrayal of medieval life, highlighting everyday activities. If you enjoy these cultural tidbits, there is more information in Tanya’s Tours at the end of each chapter in my cookbooks Lidia’s Italy (Alfred A Knopf 2007) and Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy (Alfred A Knopf 2009) available at www.lidiasitaly.com.

Trentino Alto Adige (24)


August 29, 2014

More Herbs Less Salt Day

fresh herbs

herb frittata

“In celebration of National More Herbs Less Salt Day try this tasty “Herb Frittata

August 25, 2014

Labor Day Picnic Idea

Tomato and Ricotta Crostini (4)

Use juicy end of summer ripe tomatoes to make these delicious Tomato and Ricotta Crostini for your upcoming Labor BBQ. You can grill the bread as opposed to using an oven as well. Enjoy!


August 18, 2014

Getting Ready for the Grape Harvest

Grapes 2-Winery

Over the past few weeks I spent at the Bastianich winery, I saw the grapes growing and checked on them often. I am so excited and realize it is almost harvest time in Collio Friuli, land of great Wine and food.


August 11, 2014


Back Camera

This is the time of year when I travel through Friuli Venezia Giulia in the northeast corner of Italy. Trieste is always on my list of places to visit but so are the Colli Orientali where we have our vineyard.  This is my second home. 

August 4, 2014

Sweet Figs

Figs 8-2014

Tanya sent me this photo of a beautiful ripe fig from Southern Italy, and it brings me right back to my childhood.  These gifts of sweetness were the perfect desserts in the late summer. They are also delicious with seasonal corn like you find in this  Grilled Corn and Figs with Balsamic Reduction recipe. This recipe can be found by clicking on the link or in Lidia’s Family Table Cookbook (Knopf, 2004).

July 30, 2014



Arugula is ready in my garden, and I just love this peppery green.  I tend to enjoy it as a simple salad made with shavings of Grana Padano, mushrooms and tossed with olive oil and vinegar.  It’s perfect as an accompaniment to a delicious grilled steak. That says SUMMER!


July 22, 2014



I love a good pesto, and so does Grandma.  The basil this year is in full bloom and thriving, so I’m going to make plenty of Basil Pistachio Pesto so we can have it on hand for quick meals.

In this recipe, I am using pistachios instead of pinenuts but you can also use almonds.  And if you want to try something a little different, why not try a mint pistachio pesto?  

Pesto can be stored in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week or in the  freezer for about six months.  You can cover the top with a thin layer of olive oil to keep it from oxidizing and turning brown. This Spaghetti with Basil Pistachio Pesto recipe can be found by clicking on the link or in Lidia’s Italy in America Cookbook (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011).


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