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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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Linguini with Bacon and Onions
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Bay Leaves
You’ll find many of my recipes call for bay leaves. They lend a nice aromatic flavor to dishes. Bay ...
 
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Lidia celebrates children's books at Dr. Seuss' Birthday Bash in St. Louis and raises funds for the St. Louis Community College
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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
Enjoy Lidia's pastas and sauces!
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Lidia's Stoneware Collection

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May 16, 2015
Bay Leaves

You’ll find many of my recipes call for bay leaves. They lend a nice aromatic flavor to dishes. Bay leaves are pungent and very aromatic when fresh. When dried, the fragrance is herbal, slightly floral, and somewhat similar to oregano and thyme. Use bay leaves in soups, stews, and long cooked dishes and be sure to take them out once your dish is finished cooking. Store fresh bay leaves in the refrigerator wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic bag. Fresh bay leaves have a shelf-life of about a week. Dried bay leaves should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, and replaced after 12 months before they become stale and dull.