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."

Tue, Feb 20 1:00 P.M. Fantastic Farro / Farro Fantastico     NHPBS (11.1)

Savory, not sweet is Mary Ann's Farro Cake. Fiber-packed, whole-grain cooked farro mixed with parsley, sage no rosemary, sorry and thyme makes for an herb-infused treat.

Wed, Feb 21 1:00 P.M. Warm Up with Soup / Riscaldati Con La Zuppa     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann celebrates the abundant seafood of Sardinia, including clams, squid, cod, and shrimp, when she prepares a Sardinian Style Fish Casserole that includes fregola, the distinctive pasta "pearls" that give this soup its hearty appeal.

Thu, Feb 22 1:00 P.M. Potato Ravioli / I Ravioli Di Patate     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann celebrates Tuscany's distinctive regional dishes when she prepares Tortelli di Patate alla Mugellina a potato-filled ravioli drizzled in a butter and sage sauce.

Fri, Feb 23 1:00 P.M. Artistic Salads / Insalate Artistiche     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann's busy in Guy's Garden harvesting the fixings for a summertime treat of salads, starting with Red Salad where-you guessed it-everything's red from the lettuce to the beets to the radicchio.

Mon, Feb 26 1:00 P.M. Cook's Choice / La Scelta Del Cuoco     NHPBS (11.1)

Chef Michele Rabazzo is busy in his Tuscany kitchen preparing Tortelli Maremmani with Carrot Cream and Black Truffle, a creamy, squash-filled ravioli-type dish topped with slivers of redolent, exotic black truffle.

Tue, Feb 27 1:00 P.M. Tasty Cabbage / Cavolo Saporito     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann uses leaves of beautifully textured Savoy Cabbage and fills them with a hearty mixture of ground beef, pork, and rice.

Wed, Feb 28 1:00 P.M. Eat and Enjoy! / Mangia E Divertiti!     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann visits master chef and dynamic restauranteur Steve DiFillippo at a Northern Italian Steakhouse, where they prepare his light-as-a-cloud Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms and Truffle Sauce.

Thu, Feb 29 1:00 P.M. Classic Ragu' Alla Bolgnese     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann and cooking school owner Joe Faro celebrate her new teaching series by preparing a classic, mouthwatering Tagliatelle alla Bolognese.

Fri, Mar 1 1:00 P.M. Calling All Cauliflower Lovers     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann starts off her cooking class by preparing a colossal Cauliflower Casserole packed with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and crispy bread crumbs.

Mon, Mar 4 1:00 P.M. Focaccia: One Sweet and One Savory     NHPBS (11.1)

Cooking student Erica learns the inns and outs of making a mouth-watering Cherry Focaccia from start to finish.

Tue, Mar 5 1:00 P.M. Crepes Plus Broth Abruzzo Style     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann reveals the secret to Crepes in Chicken Broth is to make the savory broth from scratch with fresh ingredients, and by doing so, she elevates the very versatile crepe to new heights.

Wed, Mar 6 1:00 P.M. When Is A Plum Cake A Pound Cake?     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann clears up Italian spelling confusion (no "plums" in it, just the way Italians describe a "pound cake") Then she proceeds to teach her Scuola Culinaria students how to make a beyond-moist-and-tender Apricot Yogurt Pound Cake.

Thu, Mar 7 1:00 P.M. Pesto Pairings     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann teams up with Executive Chef David Crinieri to wow her cooking students by exploring the world of perfect pestos.

Fri, Mar 8 1:00 P.M. Make Pizza with a Friend     NHPBS (11.1)

Pizza takes center stage when Mary Ann and eager Scuola Culinaria student John roll up their sleeves and dive into the essential steps need to create an all-time favorite of favorites, Pizza Margherita.

Mon, Mar 11 1:00 P.M. Celebration Cake     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann re-creates shows her students how to prepare this traditional rustic cake from the Abruzzo region of Italy.

Tue, Mar 12 1:00 P.M. Low and Slow     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann reminds her students that "a good cook loves a low flame.

Wed, Mar 13 1:00 P.M. Crazy Water!     NHPBS (11.1)

"Acqua Pazza" in Italian. And even though Mary Ann may not know the origin of the name of this Neapolitan favorite, she knows exactly how to show her students how to simmer fresh codfish over a tomato based bed of sliced fennel, Castelvetrano olives, capers, garlic, and hot red pepper flakes.

Thu, Mar 14 1:00 P.M. Gaetano's Easy Chicken Casserole     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann's husband Guy comes up with a quick and simple chicken dish, Guy's Chicken with Olives and Turmeric that you'll make often.

Fri, Mar 15 1:00 P.M. Got Lemons, Make Gnocchi     NHPBS (11.1)

Gnocchi's not hard to make, when Mary Ann shows her Scuola Culinaria student, Karen, the traditional Italian culinary secrets of creating soft-as-a-cloud, pillowy gnocchi every time.

Mon, Mar 18 1:00 P.M. From The Sea / Dal Mare     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann sets sail for seafood shores and reels in three easy-to prepare and great to eat recipes: Fish Chowder, Scallops with Spinach and heads to the oven with a casserole dish filled with the makings of Baked Fish with Lemon and Olives that's a breeze to make and a joy to serve.

Tue, Mar 19 1:00 P.M. Party Cakes / Torte Per Feste     NHPBS (11.1)

Simple is best. As proof, Mary Ann's recipe for Tuscany-inspired Prato Almond Cake is as simple to prepare as it is delicious to eat.

Wed, Mar 20 1:00 P.M. Ricotta! / Cucinare Con La Ricotta!     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann goes back in time to prepare a childhood favorite: Nonna Galasso's Fried Ricotta with Salad Tomatoes on Crostini.

Thu, Mar 21 1:00 P.M. Tuscan Supper / Cena Toscana     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann travels to Tuscany to cook with Chef Michele Rabazzi, who takes the humble tomato and a loaf of classic Tuscan bread and turns them into the peasant-simple but deeply satisfying Pappa al Pomodoro.

Fri, Mar 22 1:00 P.M. Cauliflower, Really? / Cavolfiore, Davvero?     NHPBS (11.1)

Say what? Cauliflower Crust Pizza? Mary Ann does more than say it, she makes her deeply satisfying, low-cal classic.

Mon, Mar 25 1:00 P.M. Little Hankies Two Ways / Piccoli Fazzoletti in Due Modi     NHPBS (11.1)

Nothing better than generous squares of fresh pasta "Handkerchiefs" tossed with a classic Ligurian Pesto Sauce.

Tue, Mar 26 1:00 P.M. Exquisite Cannelloni / Cannelloni Squisiti     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann prepares a luxurious Lamb Ragu to fill equally luxurious, freshly made Cannelloni.

Wed, Mar 27 1:00 P.M. Make Mine Mussels / Prepara Le Mie Cozze     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann travels to cold waters off the Gulf of Maine to reap the harvest of Gary Moretti's Bangs Island Mussels.

Thu, Mar 28 1:00 P.M. Peppers / Peperoni Ripieni Napoletani     NHPBS (11.1)

You haven't lived until you've enjoyed Mary Ann's Neapolitan Style Stuffed Red Peppers.

Fri, Mar 29 1:00 P.M. Tuna / Tonno!     NHPBS (11.1)

Tuna takes a creative turn when Mary Ann prepares Tuna Meatballs with Caponata, protein-rich fish topped with tangy Sicilian caponata.

Mon, Apr 1 1:00 P.M. Little Surprise Packages / Piccoli Pacchetti a Sorpresa     NHPBS (11.1)

Mary Ann takes to the streets to enjoy one of Sicily's favorites: Panzerotti Palermitani, freshly made dough, stuffed with mozzarella "pearls" and tomato sauce, shaped like a turnover and then fried to a golden crisp.

Tue, Apr 2 1:00 P.M. Not Just Zucchini / Non Solo Zucchine     NHPBS (11.1)

Don't know what to do with all that zucchini from the garden? Mary Ann begins by creating a rich and distinctive Fig and Zucchini Bread.

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