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January 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Grandma Erminia!

walkens 8 - grandma erminia

I know her as Mama; most of you know her as Grandma. Today is a special day as we celebrate another beautiful birthday with her. She has been with me all week as I test recipes with my team at home for another cookbook. She helps clean the vegetables, offers her sound advice and of course helps to taste.  We wouldn’t have it any other way.  Tanti Auguri!

January 19, 2015

Delicious Citrus

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This is the season for citrus—clementines, oranges, blood oranges, tangerines and much more.  These fruits are not only tasty but also rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, which is another perfect excuse to include them in your recipes during this time of year. I particularly love Blood Oranges, which I discovered in Sicily years ago but have also found them here during the winter months. They are best eaten fresh, out of hand or in salads, salsas, or marmalades or you can try them in my Orange and Red Onion Salad. Enjoy!

January 12, 2015

Warm up with Baked Pasta

Baked Whole Wheat Penne and Ceci Bean Crema (4)

When I think of warm and comforting during the cold winter months I think of baked pasta. My Baked Whole Wheat Penne with Chickpeas is a nutritional and comforting dish all in one. Whole wheat pasta is a great alternative to regular pasta, and in the Italian tradition it is not a novelty. In Italy, pastas are made from buckwheat, farro, corn, chestnut, and chickpea flour, just to name a few. What is important to know is that each flour dictates a different cooking time for the pasta. For whole wheat, make sure to follow the instructions on cooking time; it does take longer than regular pasta, because the bran part has to be cooked. If it is not cooked enough, it remains chewy and won’t absorb the sauce well. Once you are aware of these facts you have a great dish ready to enjoy and warm you up. Buon Appetito!

January 5, 2015

Looking forward to another “Nonna Tell Me A Story” children’s book!


My grandchildren are no longer at that young age where they used to come to my house for sleepovers and sit around as I told them stories from when I was a little girl.  These precious moments were the reason I wrote my first children’s book, Nonna Tell Me A Story:  Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen, several years ago.  That book continues to be a holiday favorite as it is based on real life events that children can still do now – decorate an edible Christmas tree for the holidays.  My second book was dedicated to my mother and her “Birthday Surprise” and this month, my third book will hit the shelves, Lidia’s Egg-Citing Farm Adventure, a story about a trip to the farm with the grandkids and our discoveries about chickens and eggs. It’s a perfect bedtime story with little ones during these colder winter months and as we get ready for Easter in early April. http://www.runningpress.com/book/hardcover/nonna-tell-me-a-story-lidias-egg-citing-farm-adventure/9780762451265.

December 30, 2014

Happy New Year


As the New Year is approaching there is a very symbolic dish named Cotechino and Lenticchie or Italian charcuterie products with lentils. Northern Italians traditionally eat this rich and delicious dish with lentils for New Year’s Eve dinner to bring prosperity and luck. The lentils represent the coins soon to befall all who consume the dish within an hour of midnight. Italians also have a saying “Le lenticchie a capodanno portano soldi tutto l’anno”. This means “Lentils on New Year will bring you money for the whole year”. So it’s with this in mind that I would like to wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2015.

December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays

As the holidays are approaching, I would love to share with you some of my holiday traditions. When I was a little girl, we didn’t go to the store to buy our Christmas decorations, we would make them. One of our holiday traditions was to decorate the  tree with seasonal fruit such as lady apples and sickle pears. We tied them with a ribbon from the stem and hung them directly on the tree branches. We also wrapped little tangerines like a package and hung those as well, along with colorfully wrapped pieces of candy.

In carrying out your unique traditions, may you appreciate the traditions of others as well, so together we may encourage communal values for all humanity. May this holiday season bring love and peace to your home, and to everyone around the world. Merry Christmas and Buon Natale.

December 16, 2014

Lidia Celebrates America Marathon

Lidia Celebrates America a Christmas Eve Special

Join Lidia for an Italian American Christmas Eve, a Mexican-American Christmas Day, a Chinese New Year and a Passover Seder. Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables and Traditions celebrates four holidays and four very different tables and traditions. Featuring Stanley Tucci and Mo Rocca, this special will air on Create TV on December 17th at 8:00pm and 11:30pm.  For more information,   visit http://www.pbs.org/food/features/lidia-holidays/.   


December 8, 2014

In and Around Emilia-Romagna Region and It’s Wonderful Vinegar

Maletti - modena - Emilia Romagna (10)

One of my favorite sauces and glazes to use, especially during the holidays is my Reduced Balsamic Vinegar which is great for drizzling over meats or as a glaze. This also reminds me of the Maletti family from Modena, the aceto-balsamico capital, and they produce an extraordinary aceto balsamico tradizionale, which is available in the States. I love visiting the acetaia, which is the attic of the Maletti home; here there are hundreds of barrels, ranging from five to thirty liters, placed in ascending size order. The spout of every barrel is covered with a handmade white linen lace daily, so flies or other insects do not drop in while the balsamic vinegar ages. The aging process is a serious undertaking that can take anywhere from 12-100 years — and requires meticulous care. (That’s why true balsamic vinegars are so expensive.) As the syrup thickens and evaporates, it is moved into successively smaller barrels made of different woods — such as cherrywood, chestnut and ash. This adds to the complex and delicious flavors of balsamic vinegar. What a great and interesting process to see. 

December 1, 2014

Eat a Red Apple Day

Apples in Friuli- Lidia Picture 9-2014

After we recuperate from enjoying that wonderful Thanksgiving meal with our family, and friends, why not eat a delicious red apple or use them to make Grandma Rosa’s Apple Cake.

November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Lidia Bastianich

As we take the time to reflect on this Thanksgiving Day, let us express gratitude with our family and friends, celebrating our traditions. Always on my Thanksgiving table and a recipe I want to share with you, is my Apple Strudel which would make a great addition to any table. Whether your Thanksgiving table is small or large, in the kitchen, outside or in the dining room, may you enjoy a day of gratitude, love and most of all family and friends. As we say at our house, which is certainly appropriate for this very special day, Tutti a Tavola a Mangiare! (Everyone to the Table to Eat!)


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