February 8, 2016

Chocolate Traditions

The holiday tradition of exchanging chocolate for Valentine’s Day is a relatively recent one and was inspired by Richard Cadbury of the British chocolate manufacturing family.  The company had improved its chocolate making technique that produced a more palatable drinking chocolate during the Victorian era and began to sell the new chocolates in decorative boxes.  […]

February 3, 2016

Superbowl goodies

Lidia Celebrates America is all about tradition around the table. Superbowl Sunday is a truly American celebration where food traditions include spicy chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, chili and much more. At our table, we definitely give the foods an Italian twist and serve dishes like Egg Battered Zucchini Roll Ups, Baked Pasta with Zucchini and […]

January 25, 2016

95th Birthday Celebration and Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

My mother celebrated her 95th birthday this weekend, and a birthday celebration is always a good time for the family to get together.  We had quite the snowstorm but were still where we love to be – around the table eating great food, drinking good wine and of course nibbling on sweets. One of the […]

January 19, 2016

Lentil Soup!

Lentils are celebrated in Italy and in many other cultures for New Year’s, and I Just love to continue the tradition throughout the month of January. Here is a link to one of my favorite lentil dishes, that I’ll be sharing with my family this week,  Swiss chard and Lentil Soup.

January 12, 2016

Thinking about Rita Moreno

Many of you watched the Golden Globes on Sunday, and with all that Hollywood glamour,  it made me think of my special time spent with Rita Moreno. She arrived to New York City from Puerto Rico as a young child, and she said it was really quite unfriendly at that time. The Hollywood of Rita’s […]

January 7, 2016

Panettone Recipe

Italian holiday gatherings always include panettone as my friend Carlo Ponti Jr mentioned during the holiday special. Even though we had a very full house during the holidays, I still have panettone! This particular recipe is a favorite one of mine, and I plan to make it this weekend. Panettone and Chocolate Parfait 8 ounces […]

January 4, 2016

At the table with my family

My holidays were filled with lots of family this year including my own children and grandchildren, my mother Erminia and my brother and his family. My kitchen table was the center of it all – and it brings me back to the time I sat with Marcus Samuelson at his restaurant Red Rooster in Harlem […]

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

I remember fondly a story told by Ann Curry, one of my guests at the holiday table. For Thanksgiving, she made the turkey and for Christmas, she celebrated her husband’s culture with the Yorkshire pudding the standing rib roast. For New Year’s, she celebrated her mother’s culture with some of her favorite foods. This is […]

December 17, 2015

Getting ready for the guests to arrive for the holidays

I’ll have a full house starting next week for the holidays. One of my favorite recipes to make for everyone is the Cheese Baked in a Crust from my latest book, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine.

December 9, 2015

Premier Date of “Home for the Holidays” is this Friday at 9:00 PM on PBS!

I am very excited about the premier of my “Home for the Holidays” special this Friday evening on PBS. Check your local listings since the special does run at different times throughout the various markets. Many of you might not realize that Christopher Walken was a childhood friend of mine whose family lived nearby in […]

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