It’s Carnevale! Italians will be celebrating with costume parties, rich meat dishes, and plenty of sweets. Before we say our final farewells to winter, maybe a little last minute indulgence is in order as we get ready for spring? Crostoli is one name for the most popular carnevale dessert: fried dough. You will find variations [...]
I never like to let birthdays pass uncelebrated. It’s not that I think it’s important to count the years–those of you who are familiar with my mother, Erminia, know that age is only a number–but I do think birthdays are a great excuse to get together with loved ones. This past week I was happy [...]
As you watch my latest special, Life’s Milestones, I hope you’ll share your own stories online. From first steps to weddings and beyond, I always love hearing from viewers. There’s no occasion too small! Share your milestone here. Don’t know where or when to find Lidia Celebrates America? Check PBS’s schedule.
I’ve recently reached a professional milestone that I’d like to share with you all. I’m sure many of you have heard of or watched MasterChef here in the US–my son Joe is one of the judges–but I recently had the immense pleasure of serving as one of three judges on Junior Masterchef Italia. This was [...]
When I met the Atasas family to join them in celebrating the baptism of their beautiful triplets, I learned so many great new recipes. Being of Greek descent, they cooked up all the classics–gyros, spinach pie, stuffed grape leaves, cheese pie–but my favorite were the cookies, called kourabiedes. These sweet little guys are simple but [...]
This past weekend I was down in Baltimore. Though I was disappointed to learn that it wasn’t any warmer there than in NYC, I had the great honor of giving a cooking demonstration for a very special birthday bash. There are few milestones greater than turning 80 years old, and I was happy that I [...]
Did you miss the premiere of Lidia Celebrates America: Moments and Milestones in your area? Fear not–it’s available in its entirety for streaming online! Visit pbs.com to watch.
January 1st is the start of the New Year, but personally, I’m more excited for January 23rd, which marks my mother Erminia’s birthday. Every year the whole family gets together to celebrate this special occasion. Last spring, I even wrote a book about it–Nonna’s Birthday Surprise–in which I tell the story of my grandchildren’s quest [...]
What could be a better milestone to celebrate than the New Year? Here are a few tips for finding a bottle of prosecco you’ll enjoy: First, look for prosecco labeled “spumante” and not the lower quality “semi-sparkling” frizzante. (The latter only undergoes a partial second fermentation.) Second, understand how sweetness is rated; “Dry” Prosecco generally [...]
This December I’m continuing my journey through the US to experience American culture through food in my next Lidia Celebrates America special: Moments and Milestones. I hope you’ll join me as I experience four families’ special rites of passage: A French-Cajun sweet-sixteen birthday party and country music debut in Nashville, a Greek Orthodox baptism for [...]