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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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Spumoni
A simple way to make spumoni in the shape you r...
 
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Lidias Common Sense Cooking: Finding Fresh Eggs

 
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Cooking Essentials
Here are some basic cooking essentials that every kitchen should have. Everyone should always have a l...
 
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Appearance on Dr.Oz
Lidia will be appearing on Dr. Oz Monday March 23th cooking and giving tips on cooking healthy food. Be sure to check your...
 
Celebrate Spring with Lidia
Lidia is celebrating spring with her new book and is having a book signing dinner at Lidia’s Kansas City and Lidia’s...
 
Lidia on the Better Show
Lidia be appearing on the Better Show on March 12th preparing dishes from Egg-Citing Farm Adventure. Be sure to check your local...
 
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Food Books and Dvds Tableware

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
Enjoy Lidia's pastas and sauces!
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Lidia's Stoneware Collection

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May 15, 2015
Cooking Essentials

Here are some basic cooking essentials that every kitchen should have. Everyone should always have a large stockpot for making soups. Soups made in a large quantity are great because they can be frozen then can be easily made into a meal during the week when time is precious. Heavy saucepans or Dutch ovens are great for roasts and braises, and I love a cast iron skillet for high temperature searing and delicious stovetop roasting, and it will last you a lifetime. For pasta lovers a 14 inch diameter skillet is a must so you can toss the pasta with the sauce just before serving. It's also a perfect pan for quick cooking meats and skillet braised vegetables Italian style.