Watch Saturdays at 1:30pm through November 26, 2016 on WMHT-TV
LIDIA'S KITCHEN: MASTERING THE ART OF ITALIAN COOKING is the quintessential culinary master class with beloved chef, Emmy®-winning TV host, restaurateur and author Lidia Bastianich as your private chef-instructor. Lidia warmly invites viewers into her kitchen to share her extensive understanding of how to create delicious Italian meals for the entire family. In this comprehensive new season, Lidia’s passion for teaching is evident. She describes proper techniques to prepare meats and fish, vegetables and fruits, grains, spices and condiments, and guides viewers through the vast sea of subtle tastes and flavors. Over the course of the series, which features classic and new Italian recipes, Lidia imparts her best tips about how to buy, store, clean and cook ingredients. Plus, she connects directly with viewers by answering questions via social media.
Ragu | Saturday, June 25 at 1:30pm
Italians don’t like to eat big pieces of meat, but they do like to braise small pieces with lots of vegetables into delicious ragus. In this episode, Lidia creates a delicious meal of celery stalks stuffed with gorgonzola and apples; mouthwatering lamb ragu prepared with an array of peppers and potatoes and for a sweet finish, a gianduia cake made of hazelnuts and chocolate—a Piedmontese tradition.
Crespelle | Saturday, July 2 at 1:30pm
Italians love their crespelle or crepes. In this episode, Lidia teaches viewers how to stuff them with tomato and grated cheese. Today’s menu includes: celery, artichoke and mortadella salad, “crespelle manicotti” stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella and for dessert, an Italian classic – beautiful strawberries topped with balsamic vinegar, a Lidia favorite.
Polenta | Saturday, July 9 at 1:30pm
Lidia prepares a large pot of bubbling polenta, a dish that she grew up with and loved. From that polenta, she’ll bake crostini with mixed mushrooms and cheese which is a perfect starter to any meal. Her granddaughter, Julia, joins her in the kitchen to help assemble and of course, taste! She’ll then prepare a hearty polenta dish with bacon and broccoli, a perfect combination. Finally, she’ll make sweet skillet sausage with mixed grapes.
Eggs | Saturday, July 16 at 1:30pm
Eggs were always a favorite at Lidia’s home as a kid and they still are. In this episode, she’ll prepare savory egg battered zucchini roll ups; a refreshing and simple fennel, red onion and celery salad topped with Italian salami and a luscious frittata filled with ricotta, tomatoes, onion and basil.
Perfect Roasted Chicken | Saturday, July 23 at 1:30pm
Every cook dreams of a perfectly roasted chicken, and today Lidia shows the viewer how to do just that. She starts with an American favorite – a crunchy, cheese Caesar salad. Her lemon roasted chicken goes beyond comfort food with onions, rosemary and lots of lemons. Finally she prepares a free form crostata with juicy plums.
Braising | Saturday, July 30 at 1:30pm
There are few things better than a great piece of meat braised in Barolo wine. When accompanied by some braised vegetables, you’ve got yourself a great meal. In this episode, Lidia prepares a crispy golden Italian style quiche followed by a fork tender beef braised in Barolo. Her side dish is a braised broccoli rabe with garlic and extra virgin olive oil. This is a meal any family will love.
Pizza | Saturday, August 6 at 1:30pm
Everybody loves grilling, and everybody loves pizza. Today Lidia puts the two together and prepares grilled pizza which anyone can do – rain or shine – as it’s done in her kitchen. She makes a simple Margherita style pizza and another version topped with prosciutto. To start, her fresh and crunchy salad is made with cucumbers, string beans and potatoes. For dessert, she prepares juicy peaches and blueberries soaked in prosecco.
Braising Smaller Cuts | Saturday, August 13 at 1:30pm
Today it’s all about the braise. To start, Lidia makes a unique salad of radicchio and oranges, a perfect blend of bitter and sweet. She then makes a heartwarming braised chicken thigh dish with potatoes and olives, a family favorite. For another braise, she demonstrates a simple technique with cauliflower that brings out the nutty flavor of this underused vegetable.
Quick And Delicious Braises | Saturday, September 10 at 1:30pm
Lidia loves long cooking techniques and braising but often, one just wants to prepare quick and delicious meals using the same technique. In this episode, she teaches the viewer to do just that. Her first dish is a velvety lettuce soup in a fontina gratin; she then makes a juicy but super quick pork tenderloin with balsamic onions. Lastly, she prepares string beans with rocky mashed potatoes made with garlic and olive oil.
Fish And Seafood | Saturday, September 17 at 1:30pm
It doesn’t get any better in an Italian kitchen than when Lidia makes fish and vegetables. In this episode, she prepares a nice and refreshing pan seared shrimp with arugula pesto. Her next dish is butterflied trout, fried in a pan with bacon and basil served with a zucchini dish made with anchovies and capers.
Pasta | Saturday, September 24 at 1:30pm
Everybody loves pasta and so does Lidia. Today, she makes three dishes that viewers will love. Her first dish is an orecchiette with clams and zucchini, made with scallions, pepperoncino and garlic. Her spaghetti Caruso is made with a hearty sauce of mixed mushrooms, tomatoes, peas and chicken livers. She finishes with a unique dish of rigatoni with cauliflower, saffron and golden raisins.
Savory Baking | Saturday, October 1 at 1:30pm
Lidia introduces this episode with “beautiful vegetables and a hot oven: a great marriage!” She then begins the meal with a simple and refreshing sesame and fava bean dip, perfect for flatbreads. Next, she prepares a baked eggplant stuffed with meat and vegetables, topped with a golden, cheesy crust. Her unique version of baked potatoes is made with pancetta and oregano.
Roasting And Baking | Saturday, October 8 at 1:30pm
The oven is on in Lidia’s kitchen, and she is using it for sweet and savory dishes. To start, she makes a springtime crunchy, cheese roasted asparagus dish. Next is a family favorite, baked eggplant with tomatoes, created with cheese, herbs and topped with a baked egg. Then it’s time for sweets as she prepares an almond torte with chocolate chips served with a mound of whipped cream.
More Pasta | Saturday, October 15 at 1:30pm
When Lidia talks about pasta in her family, it’s never “basta!” Today, she creates three new pasta dishes that everyone will love including a linguine with Swiss chard that is made with walnuts and creamy ricotta. She then makes a simple dish of farfalle with swordfish, prepared with tomatoes, fresh herbs and capers. And finally, there is nothing better than Lidia’s spaghetti and meatballs!
Fresh Pasta | Saturday, October 22 at 1:30pm
Fresh pasta is an Italian family tradition passed through the generations. Today she starts with a silky pappardelle pasta dressed with pesto made from walnut, basil and parsley. She then takes the same pasta dough and shapes it into tortelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta, dressed with a classic marinara sauce.
Seared Steak | Saturday, October 29 at 1:30pm
When talking about a juicy steak, grilling often comes to mind but for Lidia, it’s all about the sear. In today’s episode, Lidia begins with a crispy Montasio cheese frico stuffed with potatoes and onions. She then makes a seared steak with a perfectly balanced sauce of rosemary, shallots and mixed mushrooms. Her side dish is a braised escarole with olive oil, pepperoncino and garlic–simple and delicious.
Risotto | Saturday, November 5 at 1:30pm
If you can’t make it to Milan for a dish of “Risotto alla Milanese” bring the dish to your kitchen! Lidia begins today’s meal with a creamy risotto alla Milanese with saffron and marrow bone followed by a succulent quail stuffed with Italian sausage and mushrooms. For dessert, it’s an Italian classic – light and creamy panna cotta with seasonal berries.
Chicken Stock | Saturday, November 19 at 1:30pm
Every great kitchen needs a big pot of good stock and with this pot of stock Lidia will make three delicious dishes. She starts by making a flavorful chicken stock made into “Stracciatella,” laced with eggs and spinach. She then uses the stock in her succulent stuffed veal chop with oozing fontina. Finally, she prepares a braised kale with bacon, a wonderful dish that she has been eating since she was a child.
Focaccia | Saturday, November 26 at 1:30pm
Focaccia is an irresistible, crunchy Italian flatbread. It’s great for sandwiches and even to stuff. Lidia begins by making a classic rosemary and lemon focaccia; she then moves on to a filled focaccia with smoky speck and fontina cheese. To finish these two lunchtime and snack favorites, she creates a salad of shrimp, fava and cranberry beans.
Savory Baking | TBA
In this episode, the oven is on for the fish dish, the vegetable dish and for the chicken drumsticks! Lidia creates three great main course ideas that are just right for days when you want to do everything in one dish and put it in the oven until it’s ready to serve. She makes a baked fennel with tomatoes and oozing cheese. She then creates a rollatini of sole with flavored breadcrumbs baked in a light and delicate sauce of fresh herbs, lemon and white wine. Her simple and flavorful chicken drumsticks are made with peppers, onions and paprika.
Gnocchi | TBA
If there were another name for Lidia’s family, it would be the gnocchi family. They love making them together and eating them. Lidia starts with a butternut squash gnocchi that is as soft as a feather and served with a velvety sage and butter sauce. Next, she prepares a marinated bread of chicken seared with shiitake mushrooms, rosemary and sage. Her sautéed earthy Brussels sprouts are made with pepperoncino, garlic and walnuts. They are nutty and spicy.
Brodetto | TBA
Brodetto is a savory, soup fish preparation that can be found up and down the coast of Italy. Lidia makes her rrodetto with onion, scallion, clams and mussels and lots of parsley and pepperoncino. Lidia’s walnut cake is delicate and nutty with just enough espresso to make it truly Italian.
Baked Pasta | TBA
Everyone loves baked pasta, and in this episode, Lidia prepares a baked penne dish with a comforting pork ragu and zucchini topped with a golden crust of cheese. She also makes an elegant salad of asparagus, scallions and boiled egg and finishes the meal with a delicious and moist chocolate zucchini cake.
Vegetables | TBA
Whether used in soups, roasted or stuffed, the Italians love their vegetables. In this episode, she makes a platter full of roasted peppers stuffed with tuna. She then creates a mellow dish of savory onions stuffed with lamb and sweet raisins. The cauliflower and tomato soup is one that warms the heart and any kitchen table.
Dough And Crusts | TBA
Italians will wrap anything in dough, whether it’s savory or sweet, and still have time for a classic. Lidia begins this meal with a savory zucchini and rice crostata. She then turns to the sweets with a celebration of zeppole, a fried delicious dough stuffed with creamy ricotta. Grandma Erminia, who has the sweet tooth in the family, joins Lidia for this segment. Lastly, there is still time for a classic and Lidia prepares an easy steamed mussel dish with white wine, onions, bay leaves and pepperoncino.
Antipasti | TBA
There is a party in the air with an Italian flair. Lidia teaches the viewer several dishes that will work for any party – including a selection of varies cheese, cured meat and Giardiniera-style vegetables; an easy and quick sweet and sour zucchini dish and lastly stuffed mushrooms made with a delicious mixture of scallions, red peppers and fresh parsley.