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."
Mary Ann harvests a bumper crop of basil from Guy's garden, and then goes nella cucina to use this fabulous fresh herb in more salads than you can shake a hoe at, including a creative Basil-Infused Fruit Salad, a hearty Neapolitan Bread Salad, a fresh Pesto, Potato, and Chickpea Salad and finally, a colorful Beet and Basil Salad. Bravo Basilico!
Thursday, April 04, 2013 Length : 26 min MPT2
Orzo! The Best of Everything! / Orzo! Il Meglio di Tutto! Episode # 2006
Mary Ann uses this tiny little pasta to make some gigantic taste treats, starting with a savory Beef and Barley Soup. Then she puts a twist on classic risotto by preparing one featuring Barley and Mushrooms. What about a salad? Mary Ann makes one that's as fresh and original as this pasta is familiar and traditional.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 Length : 26 min MPT2
Give Me Pasta / Dammi La Pasta Episode # 2007
You don't have to be a hard-working coal miner to enjoy Spaghetti alla Carbonara, which is what inspired this classic pasta dish. And "butterfly" pasta never looked and tasted better than when Mary Ann adds nuts to her Farfalle with Pistachios. And if think you've had great Penne in Vodka Sauce, you haven't tasted Mary Ann's clever variation.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 Length : 27 min MPT2
Fresh Fruit, So Good/La Frutta Fresca, Buonissima Episode # 2301
Yogurt never had it so good as when Mary Ann marries it with drippy, glazy apricots. Then it's on to Pears swimming in an exquisite Marsala sauce. At a loss for what to do with that summer watermelon? Find out what happy surprise happens when you pair it up with feta cheese. It's a fruit free for all, and you're invited!
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Length : 26 min MPT2
Sweet Things/Cose Dolci Episode # 2302
Rhode Island State Treasurer Gina Raimondo knows her way around fiscal cliffs and the family kitchen too as she and Mary Ann create an elegant Torta Margherita alla Crema di Caffe'. Then Mary Ann commits a calorie-cost overrun with her irresistible Chocolate Mousse, but Gina seconds Mary Ann's motion to dismiss - to enjoy this dessert instead.
Thursday, May 02, 2013 Length : 26 min MPT2
Eat Salads!/Mangiate L'insalate Episode # 2303
There's no end to the salads Mary Ann can create when Guy's Garden is in full-delivery mode, starting with a healthy, hearty Bulgur Salad. Then she combines two of her favorite veggies. Cauliflower and Broccoli in a creative, "give me seconds" salad, and finishes off her parade of salads with a tart and tasty Radicchio Salad.
Thursday, May 09, 2013 Length : 26 min MPT2
Tasty and Easy Chicken/Pollo Saporito E Facile Episode # 2304
It tastes a lot like chicken because it is - made especially delicious when Mary Ann prepares her signature Chicken Thighs in Beer, simmered until totally terrific. Then she stuffs chicken breasts with a creative combination of fresh spinach and creamy gorgonzola, and then bakes them until fork tender and table ready. Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to here.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Length : 26 min MPT2
Homemade Ricotta/Ricotta Fatta In Casa Episode # 2305
You'll never use store-bought ricotta again, after Mary Ann shows you how easy it is to make it yourself. And once it's done, get ready to make an unforgettable dessert: Roasted Pineapple with Ricotta Cream filled with crunchy pistachios. And don't forget this summertime, wintertime, anytime light luncheon treat: Ricotta Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 Length : 26 min MPT2
Give Me Scallops!/Dammi Cappesante! Episode # 2306
Seafood Master Chef Jasper White weighs anchor in the Ciao Italia kitchen and delivers Mary Ann the biggest scallops ever seen to create his famous Jumbo Sea Scallops in Their Shells. Not to be outdone by Jasper's ocean-inspired creativity, Mary Ann brings the garden to the sea to create her equally famous Scallops with Spinach.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 Length : 29 min MPT2
Italian Cooking Lessons/Lezioni Di Cuciina Italiana Episode # 2307
Mary Ann gathers food bloggers from across the country in classroom setting at the Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont to show them the ins and outs of delicate Sweet Potato Gnocchi, savory Chicken Cutlets in White Wine, and to top things off, her ever-elegant Mom's Chiffon Cake with Lime Curd. Great food to write home about - and blog about too!
Thursday, June 06, 2013 Length : 29 min MPT2
What Figs! - Che Fichi! Episode # 2308
It's harvest time for Mary Ann's fig tree, and she's got a brimful basket of these tender beauties to create a savory Fig and Prosciutto Pizza. Then she makes a perfect dessert for a perfect meal; Figs with Whipped Cream. And if that's not enough figs to feature fondly, how about Amaretti-Stuffed Figs to snack on while you think about next year's crop of fantastic figs?
Thursday, June 13, 2013 Length : 29 min MPT2
Polenta with Vegetables/Polenta Con Le Verdure Episode # 2309
Master Chef Lucca Paris of Lucca's Mediterranean Cafe in Keene, NH brings a basket full of straight-from the garden veggies and freshly-ground cornmeal to Mary Ann in her Ciao Italia kitchen. Together they make a simple but dramatic Chicory Tart with Onions, Umbrian Style, and then use the freshly-picked eggplant to make a hearty, winter-perfect Eggplant Stew with Polenta Squares.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 Length : 29 min MPT2
Taste of Sicily/Sapore Di Sicilia Episode # 2310
Mary Ann recalls her Sicilian ancestry to create Impanata, Baked Pasta Casserole, Sicilian Style. Mary Ann starts with authentic, "O"-shaped Anneletti pasta as the star attraction of this complex production, to which she adds Pork Ragu, Peas and tomato sauce blended together in a creamy rich bechamel sauce and baked until the table is set and guests are invited to enjoy her Sicilian treat. Mangia tutti!