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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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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 Stoneware Collection

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May 28, 2015
Fresh Herbs

During the spring and into summer, there is no excuse for not having a small herb garden, whether it be just steps outside your back door or on a sunny windowsill inside. A few leaves of any fresh herb will brighten up any dish. You can include the fresh herbs in soups, roasts, grilled or steamed fish, pasta, pasta stuffing, or use them to add freshness to a sauce. I like to add some herbs in the beginning of my sauce cooking and then also reinforce the aroma with some fresh herbs added at the end so the steam from the food makes the herb scent waft to the senses. There are some basic rules to keep in mind when growing and using fresh herbs: When growing basil you should clip the top leaves and sprouts off, preventing the basil plant from flowering and losing the leaves’ growing power. When cooking with rosemary, use only the rosemary needles or very young sprigs; the tannins of the woody stalk give bitterness to the cooked dish. Particularly easy herbs to grow are; basil, sage, thyme, marjoram and parsley.