Few fruits have a presence on menus like the apple does in fall. Summer’s bounty is quickly disappearing, but apples are cause for celebration and have inspired countless homey, seasonal dishes. This recipe comes from my forthcoming book, Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking, and is an old family favorite. Serves 4 2.2 lbs golden delicious apples [...]
Salsiccia con Peperoni (Sausage and Peppers) In honor of the Feast of San Gennaro tomorrow, try this recipe for an Italian-American classic. This 11-day street fair held on Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy originated in 1926. A few of the immigrant families who owned cafes on Mulberry Street erected a small chapel in the [...]
Last year in Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables and Traditions, I celebrated Passover with Ruth Reichl and the fourth-generation owners of Russ and Daughters in Manhattan. We feasted on smoked salmon, charoset, chicken soup with matzo balls, and, of course, beef brisket and horseradish. Jewish holidays have a rich culinary element, and while I don’t [...]
When my family celebrates, it’s all about the food. But we also like our wine. It’s important to know how to balance the two, especially on special occasions where you don’t want to steal the spotlight from a traditional dish. If the food is to be dominant, the accompanying wines should be submissive. For example, [...]
If you’re in Italy today, those three words would sound all too familiar: It’s August 15th and the summer holiday season in Italy is in full swing. In addition to marking the Feast of the Assumption, August 15th is also called “Ferragosto,” the height of the summer holiday season. A startling percentage of Italians take [...]
For those that missed the premiere of the special earlier this summer, you can stream it online here.
I wish I head heard of Marry Harry back when I filmed Lidia Celebrates America: Something Borrowed, Something New! This delightful play follows an aspiring chef in the East Village in a story that explores family loyalty, marriage, love and finding one’s path. When I saw the show recently I felt connected to the main [...]
My friend Jacques Pepin was kind enough to share his delicious recipe for Almond Cake with Berries with us during the filming of the Bastille Day segment of the show. I loved it–the crème fraîche topping was literally just the icing on the cake. I thought I’d share my own Italian recipe for an almond [...]
Lidia Celebrates America is all about celebrations, but sometimes I forget that some of the best occasions aren’t always marked on my calendar. Here’s a photo of my mother’s favorite flower: geraniums. They’re blooming like crazy on our porch, and I’m sharing this photo with you to remind you to celebrate the season and all [...]
A big congrats are in order for my friend Renee Fleming for receiving the National Medal of Arts–you are an American treasure. Auguri! It was an honor to work with you on this Lidia Celebrates America special.