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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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Peeling Fresh Chestnuts
To peel chestnuts, cut a slit about 1/2 inch long in the outer shell of each nut. Bring a quart of wat...
 
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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...
 
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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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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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November 4, 2014
Peeling Fresh Chestnuts

To peel chestnuts, cut a slit about 1/2 inch long in the outer shell of each nut. Bring a quart of water to a boil, drop in the nuts, and boil them for five minutes. Drain and spread them on a tray; while the nuts are still hot, set the tray in the freezer, and freeze for an hour. To peel a nut, break open the nut at the slit and tear apart the inner skin-it's helpful to use the tip of a paring knife. Loosen the skin with the knife, and pry off the shell and skin at one time. If necessary, break the nut meat to get the skin out of the wrinkles.