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Lidia’s Blog

  • The Return of the Artisans The Return of the Artisans Airs 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 FeastA 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 Soft Ice Cream with Nougat March 26, 2018
    As spring approaches, I start thinking semifreddo.
  • Spring Spring is Here! March 19, 2018
    The first day of Spring is tomorrow and each year it fills me with such enthusiasm.
  • Kelly Carlisle 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 Chocolate Anise Biscotti March 05, 2018
    Anise is a favorite Italian flavoring, especially for cookies.
  • Fruit Jam Tartlet Cookies Fruit Jam Tartlet Cookies February 26, 2018
    Everyone loves a cookie or two, right?
  • Almond Torte 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 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 Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage February 05, 2018
    Broccoli rabe and sausage seem like a match made in heaven.
  • Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes January 29, 2018
    Who doesn’t like mashed potatoes, especially when it’s cold outside?
  • Minestrone Minestrone January 22, 2018
    I love winter in New York, cold and snowy.
  • beets 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 Rice Balls January 08, 2018
    Rice Balls are a personal favorite of mine and a favorite appetizer all over Italy as well.
  • 2018 fireworks 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.
  • Xmas Wreath Christmas December 25, 2017
    I hope you are filled with wonderful holiday wishes and good cheer on this beautiful Christmas Day!
  • Beyers 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.
  • Beyers 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 & Lidia Calvin Riggleman & Apples December 4, 2017
    Marine Calvin Riggleman is a large man with a huge smile.
  • Jon and Tara Darling 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 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 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.
  • Easter Easter April 3, 2017
    Easter is still a couple of weeks away but I’m already excited.
  • 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.
  • First Day of Spring First Day of Spring March 20, 2017
    Today marks the first day of spring and I love spring!
  • 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.
  • Pasta! Pasta! March 6, 2017
    It is no secret to anyone that I love pasta…
  • President's Day President’s Day February 20, 2017
    President’s Day is truly one of my favorite holidays…
  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  August Dannehl 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! 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meeting Bryan Anderson Meeting Bryan Anderson December 19, 2016
    Bryan Anderson is a true American hero.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Panettone Recipe 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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.

 

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