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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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Finocchio
Fennel is a deliciously unique vegetable. I like to enjoy it raw and crunchy, but it's mellow and swee...
 
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Lidia on Fox 5 Segment
Lidia will be appearing on New York's Fox TV affiliate, WNYW LIVE, on the 5:00pmET show on December 12th with a display of...
 
Lidia on The Talk
Lidia will be appearing on The Talk today December 8th preparing a hearty meal that is perfect for the holidays. Be sure to check...
 
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Lidia will be hosting a book signing of Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking" on Tuesday December 9th from 5 to 7p.m. at Eataly...
 
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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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December 18, 2014
Finocchio

Fennel is a deliciously unique vegetable. I like to enjoy it raw and crunchy, but it's mellow and sweet when braised. This vegetable has been used for thousands of years as an herb and as a spice. Fennel has a sweet licorice flavor when raw that mellows out as it's cooked. When shopping for fennel, look for crispy, compact white bulbs. I love it braised with some onions and capers, but you can also sautée, grill, steam, and bake it.