Lidia Celebrates America

Calvin Riggleman & Apples

      Marine Calvin Riggleman is a large man with a huge smile. He served two tours in Iraq. I came across his farm in the heart of West Virginia where he is growing all kinds of produce – … Continue

Jon and Tara Darling

      As I traveled the country this year talking with veterans, I came across a wonderful couple, Jon and Tara Darling. Jon was an Army Ranger and served several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He came … Continue

Prepping for Thanksgiving

      Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I remember my first Thanksgiving after coming here to America from Italy. I was so young then but the sights and sounds of an American Thanksgiving instantly transformed me. In … Continue

The Week Before Christmas

      As the Christmas holiday approaches, I always find myself wondering if I should rely on my old favorite recipes that everyone loves, or whether I should branch out and try something new. We often eat ham or … Continue


Holidays with Mark and Denise Beyers

      Living not far from me in New York are Mark and Denise Beyers, two Marines who now run a small farm outside of Buffalo, New York. They have a thriving maple syrup business and also sell honey, … Continue

Veterans Day

      This Veterans Day I am reminded of all the wonderful veterans I met this year filming Lidia Celebrates America – Homegrown Heroes. I had such a fantastic time connecting with this new breed of veteran – those … Continue

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