'Lidia Bastianich' on Serious Eats

Lidia Bastianich's Farro with Tuna and Tomatoes

Lidia Bastianich doesn't traffic in trends, so I knew that this recipe in Lidia's Italy wasn't just thrown in to capitalize on farro's recent surge in healthy appeal. As she writes in the caption, it actually came from a restaurant called Le Lampare in Trani, Italy. The tuna, caper, and tomato sauce would probably go well with about any pasta shape (I certainly wouldn't mind it), but seems to really come alive when paired with the farro. More

Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Smothered Cauliflower and Saffron

cauliflower is all potential: what is the whitest, blandest option on the crudite platter becomes deep and nutty when it's cooked with plenty of heat. In the best cauliflower pasta recipes, anchovies make an appearance, usually early on so they melt and disappear into the sauce, leaving only a nutty essence behind. This recipe from Lidia's Italy also brings in the classic Italian combination of pine nuts and raisins, along with the mellow, unmistakable flavor of saffron. More

Dinner Tonight: Baked Fish with Savory Bread Crumbs

Though easy to prepare, this dish from Lidia Bastianich is anything but basic. The breadcrumbs are heavily seasoned with lemon zest, oregano, parsley, and red pepper flakes. This gives each bite a great citrus note, along with a little spicy kick. If that weren't enough, a dressing of sorts is added to the baking dish so the fillets are also perfumed by white wine and lemon juice. More

Dinner Tonight: Chicken Catanzaro Style

This fantastic recipe from Lidia Bastianich stuffs the chicken with a mouthwatering mixture of breadcrumbs, parsley, anchovies, capers, lemon zest, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It's a bit of work to get it prepared, but definitely worth it: cooked covered over the course of 40 minutes or so (it's a cross between saute and braise), the chicken releases its juices into the skillet to make a marvelous sauce. More

Meet & Eat: Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich's story epitomizes the American Dream. As a child, her family fled the communist government of Pola, Istria (now Pula, Croatia) for a refugee camp in Trieste, Italy, where her parents worked as the hired help of a wealthy family for two years before they were able to emigrate to the U.S. when Bastianich was 12. She spoke to us about her career, how Italian food in America has changed over the years, and what she'd do if PBS lost funding. More

Pine Nuts: Going Beyond Pesto

Think of a recipe that includes pine nuts as a key ingredient. Pesto probably comes to mind first but after that, it's hard to come up with another. As far as culinary nuts go, the pine nut, or pignoli, is somewhat underappreciated. But there's a lot to love about it. The pignoli has a mild, nutty flavor and a high oil content which gives it a smooth, silky texture. For some reason, though, the pine nut seems to get less play in baked goods than say, the walnut or pecan. There is one major exception: Italian pine nut cookies. More

Mother's Day with Lidia Bastianich

The first serious chef I think of when I think about Mother's Day is Lidia Bastianich. Lidia is the proud mother of Joe Bastianich, restaurateur, vintner, and food businessman extraordinaire, and of Tanya Bastianich Manuali, her travelmate on the Lidia's Italy television series. She's also a grandmother of five and the devoted daughter of her mom, Erminia, who escaped from a refugee camp with Lidia 40 years ago. So I figured I'd ask Lidia how she's celebrating Mother's Day. More

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