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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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Salads from Guy's Garden / Insalate dall' Orto di Gaetano

Mary Ann harvests a bountiful lettuce crop from her husband Gaetano's garden. Then she goes nella cucina to create a fruity Fennel and Fig Salad, followed by a protein-packed favorite; Tuscan Bean Salad with Soppressata, then she finishes off this garden of delights with a little gem of a Little Gem Salad.

  • 2019-11-21T02:00:00-08:00

From Sicily with Love / Dalla Sicilia Con Amore

Mary Ann re-creates a traditional Sicilian pasta recipe called Pasta Trapanese. Formed on a thin rod, this uniquely-shaped, spiral pasta-called Busiate-is the perfect shape to toss with a favorite Sicilian sauce called Trapanese, made in a mortar and pestle from almonds, tomatoes, basil, and garlic pounded into a thick pesto-like consistency.

  • 2019-11-28T02:00:00-08:00


Mary Ann heads to Alto Adige, the northernmost region of Italy to recreate some unique spaetzle (dumpling) recipes unique to this area, including a bright, spring-green, nutmeg-sprinkled Spinach Spaetzle tossed in a sauteed onion and speck sauce. Then she finishes off with Spaetzle dressed with a rich butter, cream, and speck sauce.

  • 2019-12-05T02:00:00-08:00

Vegetable Pies / Torte Di Verdure

Mary Ann elevates the humble potato to celestial heights when she combines them with beans, carrots, onion, garlic, and zucchini and bakes them into a hearty Ligurian Potato Loaf. Then it's on to a garden fresh, Swiss Chard, Potato, and Carrot Pie. Then a delicate, custard-like Sage Pie to complete this trio of garden fresh treats.

  • 2019-12-12T02:00:00-08:00

Modica's Cookie Secret / Biscotto Al Segreto

Shhhh.... Mary Ann's got a secret that she's about to reveal that gives Modica's Chocolate Cookies their unforgettable taste. A clever blend of chocolate, cinnamon, grated lemon zest, whipped egg whites, and - wait for it - very finely ground, cooked veal raise this delicacy to unexpected heights. The secret's out. Spread the word. And enjoy!

  • 2019-12-19T02:00:00-08:00