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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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Blanching Vegetables
I always used to boil vegetables in salted water, but I have learned to salt certain vegetables after ...
 
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Lidia on Fox 5 Segment
Lidia will be appearing on New York's Fox TV affiliate, WNYW LIVE, on the 5:00pmET show on December 12th with a display of...
 
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Lidia will be appearing on The Talk today December 8th preparing a hearty meal that is perfect for the holidays. Be sure to check...
 
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Lidia will be hosting a book signing of Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking" on Tuesday December 9th from 5 to 7p.m. at Eataly...
 
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
Lidia brings viewers on a road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking.
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LIDIA'S
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Lidia's Stoneware Collection

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November 11, 2014
Blanching Vegetables

I always used to boil vegetables in salted water, but I have learned to salt certain vegetables after they are cooked, tossing them immediately after draining with medium-coarse salt while they are still steaming hot. Does it make that much difference? It does; instead of making a saline solution out of boiling water that permeates the vegetable throughout, salting later allows the vegetable to retain its vegetable flavor. Then sprinkled salt adds another dimension of flavor. The vegetables that best respond to this method are string beans, broccoli, and zucchini, but I find it also works for cabbage, beets, chard, and other greens.