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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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Lidias Common Sense Cooking: Finding Fresh Eggs

 
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A secret flavor
Marinating is a great way of imbuing flavor into meats and fish in a gentle fashion. When you feel the...
 
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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'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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April 22, 2014
A secret flavor

Marinating is a great way of imbuing flavor into meats and fish in a gentle fashion. When you feel they do not have enough intrinsic flavoring, marinate the fish or meat even though the recipe might nor call for it. You must give the ingredients enough time to have an exchange. Marinating is also a successful way of introducing new flavors to your family, especially children. Strong flavors like garlic, rosemary, bay leaves, and ginger can be difficult for a finicky eater to take directly, but in marinades they come through in soft dosages. This is how I develop and train my grandchildren’s palates. I also introduced my grandchildren in their early months to herbs by crushing them under their noses. I am training their palates and expanding their repertoire of flavors just like expanding a library, by adding new flavors.