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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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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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Appearance on Un Mondo Da Amare
Lidia will be appearing on Un Mondo Da Amare"tonight at"8:00pm on Rai 1. It will be a spectacular evening filled with great...
 
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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'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.