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Easter

Easter

April 3, 2017

Easter is still a couple of weeks away but I’m already excited. Read More»
Eataly

Eataly

March 27, 2017

This morning, I just got back from a trip to Eataly in New York, a place where I feel like I am home. Read More»
First Day of Spring

First Day of Spring

March 20, 2017

Today marks the first day of spring and I love spring! Read More»
St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

March 13, 2017

As an Italian-American, Saint Patrick’s Day has never been a big holiday for me but the history of the holiday has always intrigued me. Read More»
Pasta!

Pasta!

March 6, 2017

It is no secret to anyone that I love pasta… Read More»
President’s Day

President’s Day

February 20, 2017

President’s Day is truly one of my favorite holidays… Read More»
Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2017

During the filming of my special, Lidia Celebrates America – Holiday for Heroes, I had the great pleasure of meeting Marine Mike Dowling. Read More»
Salute to Heroes

Salute to Heroes

February 6, 2017

I am so honored this week to be invited down to an event celebrating veterans at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Read More»
 August Dannehl

August Dannehl

January 30, 2017

August Dannehl was born to a family that lived and breathed show business. Read More»
A Hearty Meal for the Cold Winter Weeks!

A Hearty Meal for the Cold Winter Weeks!

January 23, 2017

As we head into the coldest part of the winter, I find myself craving hearty comfort food in the evenings. Read More»
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 16, 2017

Today marks the celebration of the birth of a great man – Martin Luther King, Jr. Read More»
Marlene Rodriguez

Profile of Marlene Rodriguez

January 09, 2017

I met a number of brave and honorable people while filming this season’s Lidia Celebrates America, and Marlene Rodriguez is truly amazing. Read More»
What is Your New Year’s Resolution?

What is Your New Year’s Resolution?

January 02, 2017

I enjoy taking the time to make a few New Year’s resolutions during the holidays. Read More»
Luck for the New Year

Luck for the New Year

December 26, 2016

Each December 31st, we take the time to reflect on the year past and the days ahead. Read More»
Meeting Bryan Anderson

Meeting Bryan Anderson

December 19, 2016

Bryan Anderson is a true American hero… Read More»
Holiday for Heroes Premieres this Friday!

Holiday for Heroes Premieres this Friday!

December 12, 2016

This Friday marks the premiere date of Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes Read More»
The Winter Holidays

The Winter Holidays

December 5, 2016

Winter has always been a special time to me, a season for family to gather together and celebrate old traditions and new beginnings. Read More»
Getting Creative with Thanksgiving Leftovers

Getting Creative with Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 28, 2016

Limoncello Tiramisu is a favorite dessert of mine – and soon to be one of yours! Read More»
 Meeting Yonas

Meeting Yonas

November 21, 2016

This past summer I was delighted to meet Yonas Hagos, a young veteran with a dramatic past – one that echoed my own. Read More»
Holiday for Heroes Premieres on December 16th 2016

Holiday for Heroes Premieres on December 16th 2016

November 15, 2016

Friday marked Veterans day in America, a holiday where we stop and reflect on the hard work and sacrifices of the armed forces. Read More»
Passover Traditions: A Reflection

Passover Traditions: A Reflection

April 6, 2016

Passover is later this month, and it brings me back several years ago to our first Lidia Celebrates America special where we celebrated four different ethnic holidays. Read More »
Visiting the Pula Market

Visiting the Pula Market

March 31, 2016

In my holiday special, we went back to my roots to visit the town where I was born and the courtyard where I stayed with my Grandmother Rosa during the summer months and many weekends. Read More »
Getting Ready for Easter!

Getting Ready for Easter!

March 18, 2016

Italy has several Easter traditions that center around food. Italians love to celebrate spring, so in-season green vegetables like asparagus, wild herbs and spring garlic are gathered and used in as many dishes as possible. Read More »
Gnocchi Traditions

Gnocchi Traditions

March 10, 2016

I’ve made gnocchi ever since I can remember. As kids, we used to make all different shapes and textures. At home, we usually had gnocchi on Sunday when there was time to make enough for a large family gathering. Read More »
Spring Gatherings and Traditions

Spring Gatherings and Traditions

March 4, 2016

Although we woke up to a snow covered ground early this morning, it’s almost all gone, and we are looking forward to a warm spring week starting on Sunday. Read More »
Potato Memories with My Grandmother

Potato Memories with My Grandmother

Feb 25, 2016

I’m often asked about celebrating traditions and holidays at the table, but I’m also often asked about some of my most meaningful food memories with my mother or grandmother. Read More »
Roasted Duck – a President’s Favorite

Roasted Duck – a President’s Favorite

Feb 18, 2016

In celebration of President’s Week, I thought it would be fun to take a look at what was sometimes on their tables. President George Washington was known to be an avid duck hunter Read More »
Chocolate Traditions

Chocolate Traditions

Feb 8, 2016

The holiday tradition of exchanging chocolate for Valentine’s Day is a relatively recent one and was inspired by Richard Cadbury of the British chocolate manufacturing family. Read More »
Superbowl Goodies

Superbowl Goodies

Feb 8, 2016

Lidia Celebrates America is all about tradition around the table. Superbowl Sunday is a truly American celebration where food traditions include spicy chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, chili and much more. Read More »
95th Birthday Celebration and Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

95th Birthday Celebration and Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Jan 25, 2016

My mother celebrated her 95th birthday this weekend, and a birthday celebration is always a good time for the family to get together. Read More »
Lentil Soup!

Lentil Soup!

Jan 19, 2016

Lentils are celebrated in Italy and in many other cultures for New Year’s, and I Just love to continue the tradition throughout the month of January. Read More »
Thinking about Rita Moreno

Thinking about Rita Moreno

Jan 12, 2016

Many of you watched the Golden Globes on Sunday, and with all that Hollywood glamour, it made me think of my special time spent with Rita Moreno. Read More »
Panettone Recipe

Panettone Recipe

Jan 07, 2016

Italian holiday gatherings always include panettone as my friend Carlo Ponti Jr mentioned during the holiday special. Read More »
At the Table with my Family

At the Table with my Family

Jan 04, 2016

My holidays were filled with lots of family this year including my own children and grandchildren, my mother Erminia and my brother and his family. Read More »
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2015

I remember fondly a story told by Ann Curry, one of my guests at the holiday table. Read More »
“Home for the Holidays” premieres, Friday at 9:00 PM on PBS!

“Home for the Holidays” premieres, Friday at 9:00 PM on PBS!

Dec 09, 2015

I am very excited about the premier of my “Home for the Holidays” special this Friday evening on PBS. Read More »
An Edible Christmas Tree Idea

An Edible Christmas Tree Idea

Nov 30, 2015

Many of you will be venturing out this week to get your holiday tree, and some of you have told me how you have adopted my childhood holiday tradition. Read More »
As we say goodbye to Thanksgiving and start thinking about Christmas

As we say goodbye to Thanksgiving and start thinking about Christmas

Nov 30, 2015

It was 1958 when I arrived in America and had my first Christmas in New York. Read More »
Padma Lakshmi’s Sweet Potato Recipe

Padma Lakshmi’s Sweet Potato Recipe

Nov 17, 2015

At Thanksgiving, sweet potatoes are often on the menu. Visiting Padma in Chennai, India where she was born, I experienced a delicious sweet potato dish made with a myriad of spices, cilantro and lima beans. Read More »
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