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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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Adding some flavor to your minestra
Adding flavor to any minestra or soup is simple and easy. One sure way is to drizzle some of the best ...
 
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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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Food Books and Dvds Tableware

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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January 29, 2015
Adding some flavor to your minestra

Adding flavor to any minestra or soup is simple and easy. One sure way is to drizzle some of the best extra-virgin olive oil you have over a bowl of minestra just before serving it, or place a cruet of it on the table and let people help themselves. Freshly grated cheese always delivers extra flavor or pass a nice chunk of Grana Padano or Pecorino-Romano cheese with a small grater around the table for people to grate their own. I do both and add some freshly ground pepper as well for extra spice. A plateful of grilled country bread brushed with garlic and olive oil is always a great companion to soup.