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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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Lidias Common Sense Cooking: Finding Fresh Eggs

 
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Cooking Basics
There are some basic cooking essentials that every kitchen should have. First, a large stockpot for ma...
 
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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
Lidia will be visiting the local Public Television stations in Cincinnati and Dayton Ohio this week."  For more information on...
 
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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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December 8, 2014
Cooking Basics

There are some basic cooking essentials that every kitchen should have. First, a large stockpot for making soups; soups made in a large quantity are great because they can be frozen then easily made into a meal during the week when time is precious. Heavy saucepans or Dutch ovens are great for roasting and braising. I love a cast iron skillet for high temperature searing and stovetop roasting--and this item will last you a lifetime. For pasta lovers, a 14-inch skillet is a must for tossing pasta with sauce, and it's also a perfect pan for quick-cooking meats and skillet braised vegetables Italian-style.