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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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My Mother's Chicken and Potatoes
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Mortar and Pestle
The mortar and pestle has been around since the dawn of civilization. Using this ancient tool to grind...
 
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Lidia in Chicago
Lidia will be in Chicago this week visiting her Public Television friends at WTTW, conducting a class at Eataly Chicgao "and...
 
NY Moves Power Women Event 2014
Lidia will be honored at the NY Moves Power Women Event on Friday November 14. This is a wonderful event honoring influential...
 
Lidia in Ohio
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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
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Lidia's Stoneware Collection

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June 15, 2014
Mortar and Pestle

The mortar and pestle has been around since the dawn of civilization. Using this ancient tool to grind spices and herbs yields a much more flavorful version of what you find prepackaged in the supermarket. A mortar and pestle is also preferable to a food processor, as it does a better job of releasing the oils that give the spices flavor. Simply press the bat-like pestle down into the bowl in a circular motion, grinding the contents as finely as needed. Once you’ve mastered the mortar and pestle, you can skip the middleman and grab whole spices instead of ground at the supermarket! You can find this handy tool in many home and kitchen supply stores; it can be made of wood, marble, or volcanic stone—it is all a question of preference—but a good one is always rough on the inside of the mortar bowl so that the impact of the pestle creates traction and the spices/herbs are pulverized more effectively.