April 6, 2016

Passover Traditions: A reflection

Passover is later this month, and it brings me back several years ago to our first Lidia Celebrates America special where we celebrated four different ethnic holidays. I was invited to a home in Brooklyn, along with my friend Ruth Reichl and the four-generation owners of the specialty New York food shop, Russ & Daughters. […]

March 31, 2016

Visiting the Pula Market

In my holiday special, we went back to my roots to visit the town where I was born and the courtyard where I stayed with my Grandmother Rosa during the summer months and many weekends. We also visited the Pula market where I used to go with her with her jewels from the garden and […]

March 18, 2016

Getting Ready for Easter!

Italy has several Easter traditions that center around food. Italians love to celebrate spring so any green vegetables that are out like asparagus, wild herbs and spring garlic are gathered and used in as many dishes as possible. Eggs make their way back to the tables in delicious frittatas. Although next week, I’ll share the […]

March 10, 2016

Gnocchi Traditions

I’ve made gnocchi ever since I can remember. As kids, we used to make all different shapes and textures. At home, we usually had gnocchi on Sunday when there was time to make enough for a large family gathering. I still pass on this wonderful tradition to my grandchildren. Although they are now teenagers, the […]

March 4, 2016

Spring Gatherings and Traditions

Although we woke up to a snow covered ground early this morning, it’s almost all gone, and we are looking forward to a warm spring week starting on Sunday. This is a classic March – whether I’m in New York or in Italy. Springtime is one of my favorite times of year; it brings back […]

February 25, 2016

Potato Memories with My Grandmother

I’m often asked about celebrating traditions and holidays at the table, but I’m also often asked about some of my most meaningful food memories with my mother or grandmother. For sure, my earliest memories are of helping my grandmother in the garden. As a little girl, I’d walk behind her as she hoed up the […]

February 18, 2016

Roasted Duck – a President’s Favorite

In celebration of President’s Week, I thought it would be fun to take a look at what was sometimes on their tables. President George Washington was known to be an avid duck hunter, so a simple roasted duck was sometimes served at his dinner table. I love a good roasted duck but find that many […]

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 […]

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