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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
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Lidias Common Sense Cooking: Finding Fresh Eggs

 
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Old bread, new life
Bread crumbs turn up a lot in my cooking. They are an essential ingredient and a great way to recycle ...
 
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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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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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October 2, 2015
Old bread, new life

Bread crumbs turn up a lot in my cooking. They are an essential ingredient and a great way to recycle old bread. I use bread crumbs to coat food before frying or baking, to firm up ravioli fillings, to thicken sauces, or to add a crust to some dishes. I even use them in desserts to make a crust for cheesecakes, as a topping for baked fruit, and to absorb juices in strudels and tarts that would otherwise seep out and make for a soggy crust. Use Italian or any other hearty white bread to make your own breadcrumbs. Let the bread dry and blend it in a food processor.