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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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Grate your own cheese
Whether it’s Grana Padano, Parmigiano- Reggiano, or Pecorino Romano, I always buy my fresh cheese in...
 
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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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December 12, 2014
Grate your own cheese

Whether it’s Grana Padano, Parmigiano- Reggiano, or Pecorino Romano, I always buy my fresh cheese in a chunk at the store rather than already grated. I like to grate my cheese as close as possible to when I plan on serving my dish. I add freshly grated cheese to the pot on the fire right before serving. When I have grated all I can get out of that piece of cheese, I always save the rinds and plop them into my soups and sauces. This imparts a delicious depth of flavor.