- Overcoming The Odds
Aired December 14, 2021
Lidia Bastianich shares the inspiring stories of a diverse group of resilient Americans who have overcome extraordinary odds in their own lives, and found purpose in serving their communities.
- A Salute to First Responders
Aired February 12, 2021
Join Lidia Bastianich, as she spends time with the men and women serving on the front lines across the country, from medical workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in New York City, to firefighters battling wildfires in rural California.
- Eating in with Lidia
Aired May 28, 2020
Two half-hour specials, in which Lidia shares stories, tips, recipes and strategies on how to approach food and meal preparation during stressful times, like the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Return of the Artisans
Aired December 20, 2019
Lidia travels to meet American makers, exploring what inspires and fuels these artisans as they master such arts as meat curing, coopering, coppersmithing and jam-making.
- A Heartland Holiday Feast
Aired November 12, 2018
I had such a wonderful time traveling to rural towns across America’s Heartland for my new speical A Heartland Holiday Feast.
- Soft Ice Cream with Nougat
March 26, 2018
As spring approaches, I start thinking semifreddo.
- Spring is Here!
March 19, 2018
The first day of Spring is tomorrow and each year it fills me with such enthusiasm.
- Kelly Carlisle
March 12, 2018
As spring approaches, I am reminded of one of the wonderful veterans I met while I was filming our special Lidia Celebrates America – Homegrown Heroes, Kelly Carlisle.
- Chocolate Anise Biscotti
March 05, 2018
Anise is a favorite Italian flavoring, especially for cookies.
- Fruit Jam Tartlet Cookies
February 26, 2018
Everyone loves a cookie or two, right?
- Almond Torte
February 19, 2018
There’s nothing like the smell of a delicious torte filling the house on a winter day.
- Tomato and Bread Soup
February 12, 2018
This time of year I always get to start thinking about summer.
- Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage
February 05, 2018
Broccoli rabe and sausage seem like a match made in heaven.
- Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
January 29, 2018
Who doesn’t like mashed potatoes, especially when it’s cold outside?
January 22, 2018
I love winter in New York, cold and snowy.
- Roasted Beet and Beet Greens Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese
January 15, 2018
A beet salad with goat cheese has become ubiquitous on restaurant menus and a favorite throughout America.
- Rice Balls
January 08, 2018
Rice Balls are a personal favorite of mine and a favorite appetizer all over Italy as well.
- New Years
January 01, 2018
Every New Year’s Day I like to think back on all the wonderful memories I made in the past year and look ahead at what’s in store in the coming one.
December 25, 2017
I hope you are filled with wonderful holiday wishes and good cheer on this beautiful Christmas Day!
- The Week Before Christmas
December 18, 2017
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.
- Holidays with Mark & Denise Beyers
Deecember 11, 2017
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.
- Calvin Riggleman & Apples
December 4, 2017
Marine Calvin Riggleman is a large man with a huge smile.
- Jon and Tara Darling
November 27, 2017
As I traveled the country this year talking with veterans, I came across a wonderful couple, Jon and Tara Darling.
- Prepping for Thanksgiving
November 20, 2017
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I remember my first Thanksgiving after coming here to America from Italy.
- Veterans Day
Nov 11, 2017
This Veterans Day I am reminded of all the wonderful veterans I met this year filming Lidia Celebrates America – Homegrown Heroes.
April 3, 2017
Easter is still a couple of weeks away but I’m already excited.
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.
- First Day of Spring
March 20, 2017
Today marks the first day of spring and I love spring!
- 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.
March 6, 2017
It is no secret to anyone that I love pasta!
- President’s Day
February 20, 2017
President’s Day is truly one of my favorite holidays…
- 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.
- 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.
- August Dannehl
January 30, 2017
August Dannehl was born to a family that lived and breathed show business.
- 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.
- Martin Luther King Day of Service
January 16, 2017
Today marks the celebration of the birth of a great man: Martin Luther King, Jr.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Meeting Bryan Anderson
December 19, 2016
Bryan Anderson is a true American hero.
- Holiday for Heroes Premieres this Friday!
December 12, 2016
This Friday marks the premiere date of Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes.
- 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.
- Getting Creative with Thanksgiving Leftovers
November 28, 2016
Limoncello Tiramisu is a favorite dessert of mine and soon to be one of yours!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Panettone Recipe
Jan 07, 2016
Italian holiday gatherings always include panettone as my friend Carlo Ponti Jr mentioned during the holiday special.
- 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.
- Merry Christmas!
Dec 25, 2015
I remember fondly a story told by Ann Curry, one of my guests at the holiday table.
- Home for the Holidays premieres, Friday at 9:00 PM on PBS!
Dec 09, 2015
I am very excited about the premiere of my Home for the Holidays special this Friday evening on PBS.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.