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Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest-running cooking show on public television, travels around the United States and Rome, Italy in search of recipes that can be prepared in thirty-minutes or less for a busy audience that has time to enjoy great Italian food but doesn' t always have time to prepare it "the old way."

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Handmade Cheese! / Formaggio Fatto A Mano

The only thing more beautiful than a Jersey cow is the milk she gives to make fresh Mozzarella and buttery, curd-filled Burrata cheese. Master cheesemaker Luca Mignone invites Mary Ann to his caseificio, Wolf Meadow Farm, to show her how to make the cheeses, then his partner Christina Barbieri helps Mary Ann make a Burrata Salad, Grilled Scamorza, and a Tomato Caprese Salad.

  • 2018-08-24T03:30:00-07:00
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Light Up Your Taste Buds

Mary Ann tracks down the tallest pasta you've ever seen to prepare an authentic recipe from the region of Basilicata; Eggplant with Candle Pasta. An aromatic combination of garlic, onion: anchovies accents the sauteed eggplant that when combined with the Candele pasta is a triumph. What's a great "second act?" How about Peppers and Potatoes, made with spicy, dried Senise peppers.

  • 2018-08-31T03:30:00-07:00
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Legumes for Health / Legumio Per LA Salute

Often lost in the shadow of Tuscany, much is hidden in Umbria, the "Green Jewel" of Italy, especially this region's wonderful recipes. Mary Ann changes all that when she prepares Lentils and Leeks with Sausage, a meal in a pot and one to remember. And if you possibly have room for more, she shows you how simple it is to prepare Roasted Chickpeas.

  • 2018-09-07T03:30:00-07:00
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Comfort Food

The region of Emilia Romagna is the "go to" region for some of the best comfort food in Italy. Mary Ann prepares an unforgettable Balsamic Vinegar Glazed Pork Butt that would soothe the soul of anyone. And on the off chance that more comfort is needed, she turns her talents to creating her Nona Galasso's "take another slice" Swiss Chard and Potato Pie.

  • 2018-09-14T03:30:00-07:00
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