Lidia’s Favorite Recipes Cookbook Giveaway!

by jerseygirl on November 29, 2012 · 103 comments

                          CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATS TO WINNER JANICE E !

I have always been a fan of Lidia Bastianich. Her recipes are easy to make Italian food that are good enough to serve to company. I have watched Lidia cook on her show and she really knows how to feed her family. I have been to some of her restaurants in New York City and all I can say is “Wow”!

When I received her new book, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, I didn’t know what to cook first. This wonderful collection of 100 recipes are Lidia’s “go to recipes” adored by her family and friends. Some of Lidia’s favorite recipes have also become my favorite recipes.

Last week, I made  Straw and Hay, which is a colorful pasta dish with crispy peas, prosciutto and creamy sauce. As elegant as it sounds, it only took 30 minutes to make. It was the perfect weeknight meal and I will be making it again and again.

The holidays are coming and I can’t wait to try some of the appetizers. From Fried Mozzarella Skewers to Lobster Salad with Fresh Tomatoes, there is just one good recipe after another. These recipes are for the beginning cook to the most experienced home chef.

Besides all the great recipes in the cookbook, there is also a website where you can get cooking tips, recipes and videos. If you love Italian food, you will need to visit Lidia’s Italy.

Now for the great news. You can win this gorgeous cookbook.

All you have to do is leave a comment. For additional entries:

Leave a separate comment for each entry telling me you follow, pinned, etc. There are 6  possible entries per person!

Please leave your comments by Tuesday, December 4th at 11:59pm EST.  Make sure there is a link to a blog or you leave your email address. A winner will be randomly picked and announced on Wednesday, December 5th.  Sorry, but you can only enter if you have a US mailing address. Good luck everyone!

4.9 from 8 reviews
Straw and Hay
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Recipe type: pasta
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 6
 
A colorful easy and classic pasta dish.
Ingredients
  • Salt for the pasta pot
  • 4 scallions
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup shelled peas, blanched or frozen baby peas
  • 6 to 8 slices imported prosciutto, cut crosswise into ½ inch ribbons
  • ⅔ cup low sodium chicken broth or stock
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound fresh fettuccine pasta or ½ pound dry egg fettuccine and ½ pound dry spinach fettuccine
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  2. Trim the roots of the scallions and cut them in half length-wise, then into 3 inch pieces in thin strips.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add scallions and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add peas and cook for 3 minutes. Add prosciutto and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until it changes color. Pour in the chicken stock and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce sauce to a simmer and cook until liquid is reduced by half. Add the heavy cream and continue to simmer until lightly thickened.
  4. Stir the pasta into the salted water and cook until al dente. Fish the pasta out of the boiling water with a skimmer and add directly to sauce. Cook on high heat until sauce is creamy.
  5. Remove from the heat and toss with cheese. Serve in warm bowls.

 

*****For full disclosure, I was given a copy of this cookbook to review and one to give away to a reader. As usual, all opinions are my own.

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ciaochowlinda November 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Lidia is my cooking guru. Her recipes are the best – and you chose a wonderful one to make from her newest book. I just adore it when she features her grandchildren and especially her mother on her tv show. She is truly a treasure – and just as nice in person as on tv.

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Ramona November 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Looks like a cool book.

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Debbie November 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I am pinning this!!!! I would love this cookbook!

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Mary November 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I am a huge fan of Lidia. I love her recipes and would love to have a copy of her book. Count me in :-). Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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Danielle November 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I love Lidia!!!! I am so excited you got her cookbook and sooo jealous :)

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Danielle November 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I like you on Facebook (of course)!!

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Danielle November 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I follow you on twitter too (growingfoodie)

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Gayle November 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I love Lydia. Having an Italian last name, but not actually being Italian, I could use all the help I can get making some authentic Italian recipes – since the expectations, based on my last name, is that I will be a great Italian cook! LOL!!! I would love a copy of her book!

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Eloise Carlson November 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm

OOooh! That recipe and picture of the Straw and Hay looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing and for hosting this great giveaway!

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Jill Hartley November 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm

OMGosh I would love this! I love her show and recipes!

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Jill Hartley November 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I followed jersey girl cooks on facebook!

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Eloise Carlson November 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Following you on Facebook (Eloise Bowen Carlson)

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Eloise Carlson November 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Following you on Twitter (furygirl3132)

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Eloise Carlson November 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Email subscriber.

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barbara n November 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I follow Lidia’s blog and love all her recipes. This cookbook would be a great Christmas present for myself!

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barbara n November 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I am an email subscriber to jersey girl cooks

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Desiree November 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I pinned this!
http://pinterest.com/pin/138837600984333892/
I’m a Facebook fan!
And, I’m an email subscriber!
What an amazing cook book. This would fit nicely in my collection!

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e.s. November 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Love your blog,and would love this cookbook.

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e.s. November 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I liked you on Facebook

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e.s. November 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm

i’ve pinned this post.

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e.s. November 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I’m an email subscriber.

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Muhajirah P November 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I love lidia, hope I win :)

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Muhajirah P November 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Following on facebook

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Muhajirah P November 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Pinned! pinterest.com/pin/230739180880301576/

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Muhajirah P November 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Subscribed by email :)

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DebbyM November 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I LOVE Lidia….and love to watch her show on TV. She makes everything look so easy! ugh…if it only was. But she definetly inspires me to cook. I would love to have this cookbook.

Thanks for the awesome chance!

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DebbyM November 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I follow on FB. (Debby Ann)

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DebbyM November 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I follow on twitter (vadebby1)

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DebbyM November 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I’m an e-mail subscriber.

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DebbyM November 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I subscribe via RSS

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DebbyM November 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm
Adrianne B November 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I like Lidia a lot. Any time her show is on, I end up watching it and wishing I was eating what she was cooking!

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Adrianne B November 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I follow Jersey Girl Cooks on FB as Adrianne Braun

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suzanne November 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I love Lidia. I watch her show on PBS all the time. My 18 month old absolutely loves all type of pasta dishes. I need to expand my recipe collection.

sbrown810@mygrande.net

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suzanne November 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I follow on faceboook

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suzanne November 29, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I am an email subscriber

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sara November 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

I have been wanting this cookbook and would love to win a copy!

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sara November 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

follow twitter @saramama

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sara November 30, 2012 at 12:09 am

subscriber google reader

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Renee G November 30, 2012 at 12:10 am

I would absolutely love to have this cookbook
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Renee G November 30, 2012 at 12:12 am

Follow on Jersey Girl Cooks on twitter (@rsgrandinetti)
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Renee G November 30, 2012 at 12:12 am

Follow Jersey Girl Cooks on Facebook (Renee Grandinetti)
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Amy November 30, 2012 at 1:44 am

I’d love to win!

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Jayne November 30, 2012 at 5:41 am

I’m not qualified to enter as I live in Malaysia but I had to comment and say what a cute name for a pasta dish! If I ever see this book in the stores, I’m definitely going to have a peek.

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debbie November 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

I love her show on PBS. I would love to have her cookbook, because I bet the recipes are really good.
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debbie November 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

I am a email subscriber.
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Janice E November 30, 2012 at 8:52 am

Lidia is indeed a culinary legend!

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EMMA L HORTON November 30, 2012 at 11:21 am

SHE MAKES COOKING LOOK SO EASY ON TV

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EMMA L HORTON November 30, 2012 at 11:25 am

E-MAIL SUBSCRIBER

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EMMA L HORTON November 30, 2012 at 11:26 am

REPINED (I HOPE I DID IT RIGHT )

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Pam November 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Great giveaway! The pasta looks delicious.

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libby November 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Love Lidia’s yummy creations, would sure like her cookbook

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libby November 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I follow you on Facebook

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Bee November 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Thanks for a great giveaway. I would love to win Lidia’s cookbook!

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Michelle Swager November 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I love Lidia! Looks like a fantastic book.

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John November 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm

That recipe was a winner! So good!

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Kate December 1, 2012 at 1:21 am

I like elegant even better when it’s fast!

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Leah Shumack December 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Would love to have this cookbook!

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Leah Shumack December 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm

i like you on fb (clair freebie)

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Leah Shumack December 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm

i follow you on twitter (clairsfreebies)

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Lea Ann December 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

I’d love to win this cookbook. I’m a Lidia fan too.

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Lea Ann December 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

I follow you on Facebook

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Joan December 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

I enjoy watching Lidia on PBS. Would love to win this one. Thanks for the oppoturnity.

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Joan December 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

I already follow on Facebook

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Joan December 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

I already follow on twitter as @southerncooker

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Joan December 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

I pinned on pinterest and here’s the link:
http://pinterest.com/pin/47921183506609177/

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Michele Berg December 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Looks like a wonderful cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

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Michele Berg December 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Followed on twitter

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Michele Berg December 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Liked you on facebook

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patsy December 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Now that’s a cookbook that would be well used in my kitchen! I just love Lidia!

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Mary Mac December 3, 2012 at 2:57 am

This cookbook has something for everyone.

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Mary Mac December 3, 2012 at 3:00 am

Follow Jersey Girl on facebook

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Mary Mac December 3, 2012 at 3:05 am

Pinned this (mary mcdermott)

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Michelle W December 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

Thanks for the great giveaway, I love Italian food

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Jenny G December 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

This cookbook looks fabulous. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Laurie Lufkin December 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I follow you on Twitter, of course!

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Laurie Lufkin December 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

it’s pinned, baby!

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Laurie Lufkin December 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

and love you on FB!

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Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) December 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Love Lidia…want to eat at Becco next time I’m in NYC!

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Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) December 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

…and I follow you on Facebook AND Twitter :)!

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Rachel December 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

My mom loves Lidia – would be great to give this to her as a gift for Christmas

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Rachel December 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I follow Jersey Girl on FB.

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Angela December 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Always loved watching her show–a class act.

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Tara G. December 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I love Lidia! I grew up watching her on PBS! It’s so nice of you to give away the cookbook!

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Tara G. December 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I followed you on Facebook (Tara L. Gontek)

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Tara G. December 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I also followed you on Twitter (@mrsgontek)

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Laura G. December 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm
Laura G. December 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Followed you on facebook!

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Laura G. December 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Already follow you on Twitter :)

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Gianna December 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Stephanie December 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I love cookbooks! Looks like a lot of great recipes!

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Stephanie December 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I follow you on twitter @stef4916

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Daraya December 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I love cookbooks! Thanks for the giveaway :D

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Christine December 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm

love Lidia

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Diane F December 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

I would love to win this cookbook. My husband and I like to cook.

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Diane F December 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

email subscriber

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Amy DeLong December 4, 2012 at 11:34 am

always looking for new things to make!
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susan smoaks December 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

i love cookbooks, thanks for the chance to win

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Tamar December 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm

that looks absolutely deliciously delightful.

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Derk Thomas December 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm

I think my wife would like me to try this book.

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Sand December 5, 2012 at 12:27 am

I would love to win this, I love her PBS specials!

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Victoria S. December 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Oh I would love to win this! Her food looks delicious!
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Amy December 7, 2012 at 12:04 am

No one does authentic Italian like Lidia!

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