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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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Lidias Common Sense Cooking: Finding Fresh Eggs

 
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Cooking with Herbs
When I would help in the kitchen as a girl in Italy, for every herb we had in the garden there was a p...
 
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Appearance on Dr.Oz
Lidia will be appearing on Dr. Oz Monday March 23th cooking and giving tips on cooking healthy food. Be sure to check your...
 
Celebrate Spring with Lidia
Lidia is celebrating spring with her new book and is having a book signing dinner at Lidia’s Kansas City and Lidia’s...
 
Lidia on the Better Show
Lidia be appearing on the Better Show on March 12th preparing dishes from Egg-Citing Farm Adventure. Be sure to check your local...
 
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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 13, 2015
Cooking with Herbs

When I would help in the kitchen as a girl in Italy, for every herb we had in the garden there was a pot on the stove to match. Some herbs were better to cook with while others were better added at the end to finish a dish. Rosemary, bay leaves, and thyme are mostly used in long cooking, where their oils are extracted slowly. Sage, oregano, and marjoram need very little cooking time. Herbs such as basil, parsley, and mint are great to toss in at the end – just enough to release their refreshing aromas. If you have small children, a wonderful way to introduce them to these aromas is to gently crush the herbs in your hands and let them smell it. I always did this with my children and grandchildren when they were very small. It’s a great way to get them excited about the world of herbs and food at an early age.