November 30, 2015

An Edible Christmas Tree Idea

Many of you will be venturing out this week to get your holiday tree, and some of you have told me how you have adopted my childhood holiday tradition.  When I was a little girl in Pula, my Grandpa would get a juniper berry bush and bring it home before Christmas.  We used to decorate […]

November 27, 2015

As we say goodbye to Thanksgiving and start thinking about Christmas

It was 1958 when I arrived in America and had my first Christmas in New York. I remember visiting Rockefeller Center during the holiday season and seeing the bright, twinkling lights of the tree and the windows on Fifth Avenue. I was just twelve years old. We settled into a small apartment in Astoria where […]

November 17, 2015

Padma Lakshmi’s Sweet Potato Recipe

When it’s Thanksgiving, sweet potatoes are often on the menu, and when I visited Padma in Chennai, India where she was born, I experienced a delicious sweet potato dish made with a myriad of spices, cilantro and lima beans.  It was delicious!  When I had her over to my house for the filming of the […]

November 10, 2015

As I am crossing the busy streets of Manhattan, I think of an interview moment from my new special with Marcus Samuelson

We were at Red Rooster in Harlem, when Marcus talked about the following regarding food and how it can communicate many sentiments.  “…..definitely memory and transport… this day and age we live so fast.  Food is the one last thing that you can tell across generations.  I mean think about if you are with your […]

November 10, 2015

Getting Ready for a Risotto Cooking Class

I’m getting ready to make a risotto dish at Eataly this evening for a select group of media.  I love risotto, and it’s what I made as my pasta course for the upcoming Lidia Celebrates America Home for the Holidays, which premiers on December 11th at 9:00 PM.  It was inspired by one of my […]

November 10, 2015

A holiday turkey challenge

As I get ready for the premier of Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays on December 11th, I can’t help but think of a story that Ann Curry shared with me at my table about her mother preparing turkey for Christmas. Ann’s mother was Japanese and grew up living in a house with a […]

May 2, 2014

Thank you for all that you do!

I really enjoyed spending time at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and was proud to stand next to those bravely serving our country like Matthew Goniea, Chief Petty Officer US Navy.

April 18, 2014

Easter Celebration

In Italy they say, “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi!” I always like to spend spend both holidays with my mother, Erminia. Buona Pasqua!

April 11, 2014

Springtime Scallion and Asparagus Salad

I’m thinking about Spring ingredients on this sunny April day. This is a great spring salad with two long lovely green vegetables that have a real affinity for each other. It is delicious as an antipasto or a first course, or as a side dish to grilled meat and fish. You can serve this salad […]

April 4, 2014

My First Restaurant

Talk about milestones–here’s a photo of my very first restaurant, Buonavia, in Forest Hills, Queens. What’s one of your greatest milestones? Share your story with us!

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