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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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My Mother's Chicken and Potatoes
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Pasta Cooking Tip
When cooking pasta, oil should never be added to the cooking water except when cooking wide fresh past...
 
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Lidia in Chicago
Lidia will be in Chicago this week visiting her Public Television friends at WTTW, conducting a class at Eataly Chicgao " and...
 
NY Moves Power Women Event 2014
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Lidia will be visiting the local Public Television stations in Cincinnati and Dayton Ohio this week."  For more information on...
 
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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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January 30, 2014
Pasta Cooking Tip

When cooking pasta, oil should never be added to the cooking water except when cooking wide fresh pasta such as lasagna, or the sauce won’t adhere properly to the pasta. To test when the pasta is done, bite into a strand to determine whether or not the pasta had the appropriate al dente texture. As soon as the pasta is done, drain immediately, shaking off the excess water. Pasta should never be rinsed, except when making cold pasta dishes. Always sauce the pasta immediately while it is still hot. After you have drained the pasta, return it to the cooking pot or transfer it to a warmed bowl; immediately add at least a few tablespoons of sauce.