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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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Getting to know lentils
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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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December 15, 2015
Getting to know lentils

Lentils are dried seeds that range in size and color from tiny and nearly black to large and yellow, green, or reddish. Though they are usually sold in their shell, there are some types that are shelled. Shelled lentils, which you can spot by their bright orange-pink color, will take much less time to cook, and in most cases will dissolve in the cooking liquid. To prepare lentils, wash under cold water and plunge them in a soup or boiling water, where they should take 30 – 40 minutes to cook, depending on the size. These are a tasty staple for the winter months, and are healthful to boot.