ciao italia

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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Sweet Sebadas / Dolce Sebadas

Sardinia is home to a deep-fried, honey-drizzled, ravioli-like delight called Sebadas. Mary Ann shows how to create this classic recipe, starting with homemade dough, flattened and filled with a melted then cooled blend of pecorino Romano cheese, orange zest, and mint. A quick dip in the deep fry, then drizzled with honey while still warm, and bet you can't eat just one!

  • 2018-10-26T03:30:00-07:00
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Gifts from the Forest / Ragalli Dalla Foresta

The deep, dark forest surrenders its mushroom secrets to Mary Ann, when Dennis Chesley of NH Mushroom Company takes her to many of his hideaway havens to harvest a host of fungi for a brace of recipes. Then, Mary Ann goes nella cucina to demonstrate the delicious art of creating Marinated Mushrooms, and then how easy it is to prepare a unique Mushroom Carpaccio that's party-perfect.

  • 2018-11-02T03:30:00-07:00
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Sunday Sauce

The secret to Sunday Sauce is the sauce, of course, and Mary Ann starts hers off with garden-fresh plum tomatoes, planted, weeded, and harvested from Guy's garden. While the sauce simmers, she makes her grandmother's fork-tender braciole, then adds sausage and meatballs. The only thing left is time for friends to visit while the sauce cooks to perfection. Add pasta for the first course, and dinner is served!

  • 2018-11-09T02:30:00-08:00
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Cave Into Cavatelli

You can't beat shaping pasta by hand, unless you're making curvy, twisting, tricky-to-shape cavatelli (little caves) from Puglia, and are lucky enough to have a crazy-looking machine that cranks them by the dozens. Mary Ann's in luck, because she has la macchina di pasta and does just that, then adds them to a spicy, colorful, broccoli rabe sauce that finds its way into those "caves" and into your heart as well.

  • 2018-11-16T02:30:00-08:00
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