A review of Lidia's Favorite Recipes Cookbook as well as her recipe for Straw and Hay Pasta. This is a wonderful book with delicious recipes!
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 Pasta, 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, Lydia's Favorite Recipes.
All you have to do is leave a comment. For additional entries:
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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!
If you like this recipe for Straw and Hay Pasta, please give it 5 stars below.
Straw and Hay
- 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
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
- Trim the roots of the scallions and cut them in half length-wise, then into 3 inch pieces in thin strips.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Looks like a cool book.
I am pinning this!!!! I would love this cookbook!
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
I love Lidia!!!! I am so excited you got her cookbook and sooo jealous 🙂
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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!
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!
OMGosh I would love this! I love her show and recipes!
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I follow Lidia's blog and love all her recipes. This cookbook would be a great Christmas present for myself!
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I pinned this!
I'm a Facebook fan!
And, I'm an email subscriber!
What an amazing cook book. This would fit nicely in my collection!
Love your blog,and would love this cookbook.
I liked you on Facebook
i've pinned this post.
I'm an email subscriber.
I love lidia, hope I win 🙂
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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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I'm an e-mail subscriber.
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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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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.
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I have been wanting this cookbook and would love to win a copy!
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I would absolutely love to have this cookbook
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I'd love to win!
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.
I love her show on PBS. I would love to have her cookbook, because I bet the recipes are really good.
I am a email subscriber.
Lidia is indeed a culinary legend!
EMMA L HORTON
SHE MAKES COOKING LOOK SO EASY ON TV
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Great giveaway! The pasta looks delicious.
Love Lidia's yummy creations, would sure like her cookbook
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Thanks for a great giveaway. I would love to win Lidia's cookbook!
I love Lidia! Looks like a fantastic book.
That recipe was a winner! So good!
I like elegant even better when it's fast!
Would love to have this cookbook!
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I'd love to win this cookbook. I'm a Lidia fan too.
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I enjoy watching Lidia on PBS. Would love to win this one. Thanks for the oppoturnity.
I already follow on Facebook
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Looks like a wonderful cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.
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Now that's a cookbook that would be well used in my kitchen! I just love Lidia!
This cookbook has something for everyone.
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Thanks for the great giveaway, I love Italian food
This cookbook looks fabulous. Thanks for the giveaway.
I follow you on Twitter, of course!
it's pinned, baby!
and love you on FB!
Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet)
Love Lidia...want to eat at Becco next time I'm in NYC!
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...and I follow you on Facebook AND Twitter :)!
My mom loves Lidia - would be great to give this to her as a gift for Christmas
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Always loved watching her show--a class act.
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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Pinned it! http://pinterest.com/pin/164240717632383236/
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Already follow you on Twitter 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway!
I love cookbooks! Looks like a lot of great recipes!
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I love cookbooks! Thanks for the giveaway 😀
I would love to win this cookbook. My husband and I like to cook.
always looking for new things to make!
i love cookbooks, thanks for the chance to win
that looks absolutely deliciously delightful.
I think my wife would like me to try this book.
I would love to win this, I love her PBS specials!
Oh I would love to win this! Her food looks delicious!
No one does authentic Italian like Lidia!