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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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Everything you need to know about bay leaves
You will find that many of my recipes call for bay leaves. They lend a nice aromatic flavor to dishes....
 
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Fancy Food Show 2015
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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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October 5, 2015
Everything you need to know about bay leaves

You will find that many of my recipes call for bay leaves. They lend a nice aromatic flavor to dishes. Dried bay leaves are more common in restaurants, although you can use fresh ones, too. Some fresh bay leaves do tend to have a slightly bitter flavor, however. Add whole bay leaves to a dish at the start of cooking, and be sure to use them in stocks and braising liquids. Just don't forget to take them out once your dish is finished cooking.