Italian street vendors are masters at making quick, delicious foods that cost next to nothing. Giada brings some of these classic recipes back to her kitchen and puts her own spin on her favorite Italian street foods: Sausage, Peppers and Onions; Fried Ravioli; Zeppole.
It's been a long winter and Giada's looking forward to spring cleaning. Today she's going through her spice rack to use up her leftover spices while they're still fresh. She's livening up a simple menu with a few good spices to welcome in the warm weather. With recipes for Pasta With Tomato and Peas, Ribollita and Gnudi.
Grilling is an age-old art form in Italian cooking. Giada's going to show you how they do it in Italy with clean cuts of meat and fresh citrus flavors. A Saffron Orzo is the luxurious bed for a mixed grill of meats and vegetables with a Grilled Mixed Fruit dessert and a delicious Tiziano to drink. It's time to fire up the grill -- Italian style.
Giada's husband has been working so hard lately that she's hardly seen him. She's taking things into her own hands and packing a picnic lunch to surprise him at work. An extra-special Penne With Beef and Arugula, Parmesan Poppers, irresistible Almond Blueberry Cookies and a fruity Iced Tea With Grenadine make for an easy, satisfying and portable picnic meal.
Summer is the perfect time to eat on the beach and tonight Giada's entertaining in style with a sunset beach party. She's serving up a menu of light summer favorites (Salmon With Lemon, Capers and Rosemary; Farfalle With Broccoli and Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad With Mint Vinaigrette) perfect for soaking in the warm weather. Plenty of friends, fun and food -- the perfect summer meal.
Dessert is everyone's favorite part of the meal and for Italians, frozen desserts are an art form. Giada whips up some of her favorite frozen treats and shows just how easy it is to make your own icy desserts at home. With recipes for: Italian Ice Pops, Pineapple Semifreddo, Chocolate-Hazelnut Gelato and Gelato Cooler.
With the Mediterranean Sea lapping all around the coast of Italy, seafood is a huge part of Italian cooking. So if you're Italian, it's almost required that you are a fan of seafood. Today, Giada's cooking up a menu of Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops, Crab and Ricotta Cannelloni, Sea Bass Alla Fiorentina and a Halibut and Chickpea Salad that's sure to turn even the strictest landlubber into a seafood fan.
There's nothing like an awards party to get the De Laurentiis family fired up! Giada and her aunt always cook for this annual party together and this year it's going to be a menu of spicy showstoppers. They're cooking up a rich and flavorful Bollito Misto, a warm and crispy Spicy Baked Macaroni and an exciting Spiced Chocolate Budino that's sure to get a standing ovation.
In Italy afternoon dessert is as traditional as English tea. With all the women in Giada's family in town, what a perfect excuse to get everyone together. A Hazelnut-Chocolate Tart, Bruschetta With Gorgonzola Cheese and Honey, Pancetta Biscuits and a selections of Teas with special garnishes is the perfect setting for an afternoon of swapping stories and indulging a sweet tooth.
Who doesn't love to be pampered with breakfast in bed? Giada's got a friend in town and she wants her to wake up to a delicious selection of Italian breakfast favorites. Giada prepares: Lemon and Basil Eggs Over Foccacia, Breakfast Pizza, Italian Breakfast Skewers and a Hot Chocolate Bar.
It doesn't have to be meat to be Italian! Giada gives us a delicious and filling vegetarian Italian meal that's so hearty you won't even miss the meat. Italians love vegetables and with these delicious vegetable dishes, you will too. On the menu: Veronica's Veggie Meatloaf With Checca Sauce, Baked Penne With Roasted Vegetables and Mushroom Parmesan.
With such a busy schedule, Giada has a lot of late nights and a lot of late-night suppers. She's taken some of her favorite recipes and is whipping up some quick and easy little plates for a late-night meal. Focaccia Panino, Creamy Artichoke Soup, Baked Caprese Salad and a warm Chocolate Macchiato are the perfect late-night comfort foods worth staying up for.
In Italian families, food is a social event -- especially on Sundays. When the family gets together, it's a time to eat the foods that everyone loves. Giada cooks up some family favorites; a juicy Leg of Lamb, a delicious Linguine, Herb-Stuffed Tomatoes and a decadent Chocolate Ricotta Pie. It's Giada's family's Sunday supper -- and you're invited!
Growing up in Rome, Gilda's family had lemon trees and fresh herbs in their garden. Giada takes that memory and makes a delicious meal inspired by her childhood Italian garden for her American friends. A delicious menu of Swordfish With Citrus Pesto, Herb Salad, Parmesan, Basil and Lemon Wafers (Frico) and Lemon-Nut Cookies bring Giada and her friends back to those carefree Italian days.
When it gets hot in the summertime, the last thing you want is a big heavy meal for dinner. Tonight, Giada's kicking back and making some of her favorite healthy and filling salads for a light summer evening meal. She's putting together a Lentil and Rice Salad, an Antipasto Salad, a Spinach Salad With Orange Vinaigrette and for a drink, her citrusy Wine Spritzer is the perfect complement to a light summer meal.
Giada's got friends coming over tomorrow night, so she's going to take advantage of some free time today to cook up some dishes that will be just as good if not better tomorrow: Roman-Style Chicken, Potatoes and Onions and Espresso Frappe.
Lots of Giada's girlfriends ask her for romantic dinner date recipes. Tonight, she's going to have a little fun. She's inviting some of them over to show them a menu that's a love potion on a plate. Sweet and tender Fried Clams and Oysters, a gentle Champagne Risotto, Espresso Panna Cotta and a bubbly Raspberry Fizz will keep that special someone coming back for more.
Sometimes the best dishes are ones you make for yourself. Giada's husband is away on business so she shows us how to make some of her favorite dishes for an easy but satisfying dinner for one. Recipes include: Prosciutto and Carrot Bundles, Orecchiette With Mixed Greens and Goat Cheese, Petite Filet With Gorgonzola and Porcini Mushroom Sauce and for dessert, Sauteed Pineapple With Honey and Pine Nuts.
The Sicilians are known for their gorgeous lemons and Giada's making a fresh, summery meal exploiting these juicy gems in every dish. A Tuna Speidini, summery Mediterranean Salad and Berry Trifle all evoke the smells and tastes of a Sicilian Summer with a healthy splash of lemon.
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