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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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Lobster Salad with Fresh Tomatoes
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What we mean when we say "al dente"
The literal translation of “al dente” is “to the tooth,” but it means much more than that to a...
 
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Sailing the Adriatic
Each summer, Lidia joins a small group of friends for a sailing trip and a week of swimming, relaxation and of course delicious...
 
Milano Expo 2015
Lidia will be back at the Milano Expo for women’s week. The theme of this expo has been “Feeding the Planet, Energy...
 
Fancy Food Show 2015
Lidia will be at the Fancy Food Show held at the Jacob Javits Center Monday June 29th 11:00am to 2:00pm Booth #1253. Lidia will...
 
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Lidia will be appearing on New York's Fox TV affiliate, WNYW LIVE, on the 5:00pmET show on December 12th...
 
In and Around Emilia-Romagna Region and It's Wonderful Vinegar
One of my favorite sauces and glazes to use, especially during the holidays is...
 
Eat a Red Apple Day
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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 Stoneware Collection

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July 20, 2015
What we mean when we say "al dente"

The literal translation of “al dente” is “to the tooth,” but it means much more than that to an Italian. Al dente is a sensation of slight resistance, generated by the pressure of chewing, and it is a very important part of the overall enjoyment of food, especially pasta and rice. It is as hard to describe as it is easy to recognize. Pasta and rice cooked al dente will be tender and not at all raw tasting, but with a firm texture and even a little “snap” at the center. It is easy to tell pasta or rice that has been cooked al dente by cutting through a piece of it crosswise and looking at it. In long pasta shapes, like spaghetti and linguine, there will be a dot of white at the center; in round pasta shapes like ziti or penne, there will be a faint but clear ring of white around the center of the pasta. Rice for risotto that has been cooked al dente will have a pure white dot at the center. Of course, you can cook your pasta and rice however you enjoy them most!