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August 2, 2011

Photo updates from Lidia as she sails the Adriatic, 8/2


Petar, presenting dinner: An 8 kg monkfish!

Petar, presenting lunch: 8 kg of fresh-caught monkfish!

Lunch of fried monkfish (Lidia's favorite parts are cheeks and livers!) with tomato salad and chilled Saivignon: Che felicia!

Lunch of fried monkfish (Lidia's favorite parts are cheeks and livers!) with tomato salad and chilled Sauvignon: Che felicia!

The 51-foot Gib Sea sailboat

The 51-foot Gib Sea sailboat

Taking a dingy to explore Statival, a small bay town of only 7 homes

Taking a dingy to explore Statival, a small bay town of only 7 homes

Fresh figs from the tree in Petar's yard for dessert

Fresh figs from the tree in Petar's yard for dessert

Lidia with the Skipper

Lidia with the Skipper

Fresh-caught and wood-grilled branzino, gilded bass, and a dory fish drizzled with local olive oil--not to mention the sides of boiled potatoes, tomato salad, and shredded white cabbage salad!

Fresh-caught and wood-grilled branzino, gilded bass, and a dory fish drizzled with local olive oil--not to mention the sides of boiled potatoes, tomato salad, and shredded white cabbage salad!

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August 1, 2011

Photos from Lidia’s Sailing Adventure, 8/1


Louis, Lidia, Mario, and Wanda (who operates Tasteful Croatian Journeys, www.visitcroatia.com)

Louis, Lidia, Mario, and Wanda (who operates Tasteful Croatian Journeys, www.visitcroatia.com)

Panzanella for dinner, try this recipe at home! http://lidiasitaly.com/recipes/detail/186

Panzanella for dinner, try this recipe at home! http://lidiasitaly.com/recipes/detail/186

Sailing towards the Kornati Islands

Sailing towards the Kornati Islands

Skipper Stipe Vitaljic, one of the best regata skippers in the Dalmation Archipelago (Lidia's skipper of 3 years)

Skipper Stipe Vitaljic, one of the best regata skippers in the Dalmation Archipelago (Lidia's skipper of 3 years)

Biograd Na Moru Port, view from Lidia's hotel

Biograd Na Moru Port, view from Lidia's hotel

Spaghetti with fresh caught sea urchin and some Bastianich Vespa

Spaghetti with fresh caught sea urchin and some Bastianich Vespa

Petar, a local fisherman, shows up with freshly caught whiting

Petar, a local fisherman, shows up with freshly caught whiting

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July 29, 2011

Updates from Lidia’s trip to Pula, 7/29


The courtyard in Busoler (Pula, Croatia) at Lidia's grandmother's house

The courtyard in Busoler (Pula, Croatia) at Lidia's grandmother's house

Dinner with friends in Verudella (Pula, Croatia)

Dinner with friends in Verudella (Pula, Croatia)

Verudella (Pula, Croatia)

Verudella (Pula, Croatia)

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July 27, 2011

Greetings from Croatia! More photos from Lidia’s travels, 7/27


Temple of Augustus in Pula

Temple of Augustus in Pula

A little chapel hidden in Lidia's olive groves in Pula

A little chapel hidden in Lidia's olive groves in Pula

Dinner at the Valsabbion in Pula

Dinner at the Valsabbion in Pula

Three different delicious olive oil appetizers at the Valsabbion

Three different delicious olive oil appetizers at the Valsabbion

The beautiful coast of Sisano, Istria

The beautiful coast of Sisano, Istria

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July 25, 2011

What’s for Dinner, Week of 7/25


Dinner is an important part of every day, but I know busy schedules make it hard for families to find time to sit together at the table. Even if you can only manage one family dinner each week, dedicate an hour or two in the evening to chat in the kitchen and over a healthy, home-cooked meal.

Try cooking and eating What’s for Dinner with your family; every Monday I will suggest a simple menu of balanced, family-friendly recipes that are easy and quick to prepare. Whether you decide to follow the menu, use it as a rough guide, or let it inspire you to design your own dinner, I hope you will make some time to enjoy family over a good meal.


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Here are a couple of recipes I’m planning to make this week:

Sauteed Zucchini (Zucchine al Tegame)

It’s the season for zucchini. Whether you saute it, grill it, or fry it, make sure you get some of this delicious summer squash while it is at its best.

Farro with Tuna and Tomatoes (Farro al Tonno e Pomodoro)

This was a delicious discovery I made at Le Lampare, a restaurant in Trani on the Adriatic coast. While we will never match the quality of the fresh fish I ate that night, with this recipe you can make a version that is truly delicious in its own right, using good quality canned tuna (packed in olive oil, of course). This is a great dish for summer and can be served as an appetizer or main course.

Peaches in White Wine (Pesche in Vino Bianco)

This is just my own version of macedonia, or, as the French say, macedoine. A simple, refreshing summer dessert, it should be prepared 3 hours ahead of time. Blueberries or strawberries can be substituted for the cherries.

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July 25, 2011

Wish you were here! Photos from Lidia’s travels in Istria, 7/25



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Today Lidia is in Istria, Croatia, in the beautiful port city of Vrsar, known for its great seafood and the delicious local wine, Malvazia.

Beautiful Port of Vrsar in Trieste

The Port of Vrsar in Trieste

Castello Miramar in Trieste

Castello Miramar in Trieste

Lunch of Octopus Salad and Linguini with Lobster Sauce at Forst Restaurant in Vrsar, Istria

Lunch of Octopus Salad and Linguini with Lobster Sauce at Forst Restaurant in Vrsar, Istria

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July 25, 2011

Lidia’s recipes featured on PBS’s ZEN


In celebration of the Zen series and her homeland, renowned chef Lidia Bastianich offers three iconic Italian recipes — one inspired by Zen’s hometown of Venice, one from his working world of Rome, and one delectable variation on Zen’s favored white truffle penne.

Click here to read more!

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July 20, 2011

Grandma’s Words of Wisdom – by Tanya


“Per me I più grandi gioielli sono i bambini.”

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“For me the biggest gems are children.”

My grandmother always tells me this.  She is not attached to material goods and feels most proud when surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She calls them her jewelry.  -Tanya

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July 19, 2011

What’s for Dinner, Week of 7/17


Dinner is an important part of every day, but I know busy schedules make it hard for families to find time to sit together at the table. Even if you can only manage one family dinner each week, dedicate an hour or two in the evening to chat in the kitchen and over a healthy, home-cooked meal.

Try cooking and eating What’s for Dinner with your family; every Monday I will suggest a simple menu of balanced, family-friendly recipes that are easy and quick to prepare. Whether you decide to follow the menu, use it as a rough guide, or let it inspire you to design your own dinner, I hope you will make some time to enjoy family over a good meal.

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This week, I invite you to try the following simple, delicious recipes:

Insalata Cruda e Cotta (Raw and Cooked Salad)

Add a can of tuna fish or a couple of boiled eggs to this dish to turn it into a healthy main course. In Palermo, Sicily, the insalate cruda/cotta that you can buy at the markets will vary with the season. In America, we can enjoy that same variety so do not feel confined by these ingredients; use other greens such as escarole, mesclun, and frisee together with cooked vegetables such as roasted squash, boiled leeks, boiled beets, or anything else you have on hand or enjoy.

Anna’s Spaghetti and Pesto Trapanese

The beauty and delight of this dish is that it is fresh, clean, and it a cinch to make. Make the pesto with the best ingredients, toss it with the hot cooked spaghetti to coat it, and enjoy.

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July 18, 2011

Watch Lidia on Martha Stewart, 7/15


Last week was International Food Week on the Martha Stewart Show; naturally, Lidia lent her expertise for the Italy episode on Friday.

Take an insider’s tour Eataly’s flagship Manhattan location with Mario Batali and let Lidia walk you through a couple of her favorite authentic Italian recipes.

Watch the episode here!

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