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Lidia's Kitchen

Watch Saturdays at 1:30pm beginning October 12, 2013 on WMHT TV

LIDIA'S KITCHEN is a paean to the importance of mealtime. Over the course of 26 episodes, Daytime Emmy®-winner Lidia Bastianich conjures simple, seasonal and economical dishes with grace, confidence and love. She teaches viewers to draw on their roots, allow for spontaneity, and cultivate a sense of home in the kitchen. Lidiamakes rustic staples, including oatmeal biscuits, apple cider-braised pork shoulder, potato pizza, salmon with mustard sauce, country onion soup, lentil country salad and Grandma Rosa's apple cake. Filled with tips and techniques collected through years in the kitchen and at the family table, Lidia channels her passion for teaching into a fun and trustworthy curriculum of kitchen wisdom.

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#101 A Delicious Elegant Meal
Join Lidia as she prepares an easy but impressive Tomato and Mint Salad, a simple but mouthwatering Filet Italian Style with Balsamic Reduction, and a tempting gluten-free Torta Caprese.

#102 All in the Pantry 
Lidia prepares quick meals right out of the pantry—perfect when you’re in a hurry (or just want to clean out your cabinets!). Learn to make hearty Pasta and Bean Soup, flavorful Spaghetti with Quick Pantry Sauce, and a delicate spaghettini with Olive Oil and Rosemary.

#103 Two Savory Soups and Ligurian Focaccia
Sometimes all you need is a little soup and a little bread. Lidia bakes a Focaccia Genovese and serves it with Le Marche Style Bean Soup prepared with sweet and mellow cabbage. With a few pantry ingredients, she creates a simple and hearty Country Onion Soup.

#104 Time for Brunch
Brunch Italian Style! Learn to make savory rustic Oatmeal Biscuits. Then have a whole meal inside a plump Gluttonous Tomato — it’s an easy dish of tomatoes stuffed with bread, herbs cheese and eggs. On the side, a versatile String Bean salad of with Capers and Basil.

#105 Classics with a Twist
Lidia’s reinventing Italian classics. Learn to make Lidia’s fresh Mozzarella salad not with tomatoes but Celery and walnuts instead. She puts a spin on the classic Pappa al Pomodoro from Maremma by adding clams! Plus, a crowd-pleasing Zucchini Parmigiana, a delicious variation of on tried and true eggplant version.

#106 Under the Sea
With a twist on Linguine alle Vongole, Lidia creates Clam Bruschetta using bread. She takes the mystery out of mushrooms and pairs them with Scallops and Scallions. Talking tuna, she prepares a refreshing salad of grilled Tuna with Mimosa Sauce.

#107 Waste Not Want Not! 
Join Lidia in the kitchen as she makes use of left over lettuce by incorporating it into a creamy Risotto. Using a secondary cut of meat, she creates decadent Veal stew with Onion and Squash, and don’t throw away that day old bread, use it in a tasty Bread Pudding with Pears.

#108 Pork Kabobs and Heavenly Ham
Today Lidia’s talking pork! Go whole hog and learn to make savory Prune and Pork Kabobs, comforting Braised Cabbage with Prosciutto, and Decadent Ham in Marsala Sauce.

#109 Not Your Typical Burger
Lidia takes on the hamburger and redefines a classic. Burgers stuffed with mozzarella and basil, then topped with Lidia’s own homemade ketchup. As a side dish, a Tasty Cauliflower salad richly flavored with anchovies and herbs.

#110 Comfort Food
Lidia prepares hot meal for a cold day. A main course of Apple Cider Braised Pork Shoulder with turnips, a comforting side of Mashed Potatoes and Fava Beans, and to finish, a decadent Pear Crumble with brandy and cherries.

#111 Just for the Halibut
Lidia prepares Halibut Baked with Mushrooms in a lemon and white wine sauce, Savory Stuffed Peppers with capers and anchovies, and deliciously golden Anise Cookies for dessert.

#112 Crostini to Parmigiana
Join Lidia as she makes a quick and easy Tomato and Ricotta Crostini. A Tuna Salad with Boiled Zucchini, and take comfort with Eggplant and Rice Parmigiana.

#113 Rustic and Rich Flavors
Lidia prepares a rich Meatball and Eggplant Tagliatelle, an easy Vegetable and Meat Casserole, and a rustic Lentil Country Salad.

#114 Sundays with Nonna Rosa
Anyone can make their own seasoned olives! They are a perfect snack or easy homemade gift. Lidia demystifies the process. Homemade pasta is another way to add authentic flavor to your dish. Lidia prepares fresh pappardelle with tender, flavorful Turkey Rolls.

#115 Potato Pizza
Potato Pizza! Lidia creates a dough made from potatoes and tops it with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, oregano, and Grana Padano. She pairs it with a cozy Barley Soup for a complete meal.

#116 Seafood Surprises
Lidia breaks down the artichoke and shows how simple they are to prepare and use. She stuffs them with a delicious light salad of tuna, capers, and hard boiled eggs. She matches Grouper with potatoes and peppers to create a lovely balanced dish. Grandma arrives in time for dessert – jam filled Mezze Lune Frite.

#117 Get to Know Your Grains
Whole grains are the backbone of a balanced meal as well as this episode. Lidia explains some common whole grains viewers can easily find at their local grocer. She then makes a fresh salad of Cucumbers with Whole Wheat Couscous, a comforting Toasted Grain Soup, and a healthy meal of Baked Whole Wheat Penne and Ceci Beans.

#118 Rice is Twice as Nice
Lidia teaches viewers to make creamy Clam and Scallion Risotto with tomatoes. She uses the left over risotto to create a Neapolitan Rice and Meat Mold and serves it with a refreshing green salad.

#119 Summertime Delights
Lidia prepares a light, healthy summer meal. Beat the heat with a Scallop Salad, savory Seared Sesame Chicken Breast, and a refreshing Mint Granita for dessert.

#120 Heart Healthy & Heavenly
Lidia prepares a meal of crispy Savory Potatoes baked with tomatoes and a heart-healthy Salmon with Mustard Sauce. Dessert is a light, fluffy Angel Cake, garnished with fresh berries.

#121 Party Favorites
Today, Lidia is all about an Italian favorite at parties or large family meals – antipasti! She teaches viewers how to prepare four delicious snacks: Giardiniera – cured vegetables; a tasty Anchovy Frittata with Zucchini, a delicious savory Onion Tart, and everybody’s favorite – Marinated Meatballs.

#122 Chicken Three Ways
This episode is all about chicken! Lidia shows viewers how to make an easy poached Chicken Breast Salad. Shells with zucchini and Chicken, plus an elegant Sicilian-influenced dish – Chicken Breasts with Orange and Gaeta Olives.

#123 Michelangelo’s Favorite Pasta
Lidia whips up Mafalde Florentine Style – just like il Divino would have ordered it. She also cooks up savory Loin Lamb Chops in a Red Wine Sauce. For dessert – a rustic classic. Grandma Rosa’s Apple Cake.

#124 Good Enough for Grandma
Grandma joins Lidia to taste two trusty recipes. A creamy Ricotta and Vegetable Crostata, and a home-style Semolina and Escarole Soup.

#125 A Light and Delicious Supper
Fresh vegetables and dip make a lively, and lovely, precursor to a delicious meal of baked swordfish with lemon, capers, and vinegar; plus versatile Boiled Potatoes with Fresh Mint Sauce.

#126 Piemonte Peppers
Peppers Piemontese are so much more than roasted red peppers. Lidia shows you how to create this classic dish. A cozy Country Style Fava Soup will send you back in time. For dessert – every culture has a crepe – and in northern Italy, it’s Oatmeal Palacinke.

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