K35850

LidiaBastianich 1 qt. & 2.5 qt. Hand Painted Stoneware Baker Set

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Description
You eat with your eyes first. And you're in for a feast when you get a look at the handpainted scroll pattern--designed by Lidia herself--adorning these stoneware bakers! From Lidia Bastianich.

  • Includes one 12"L x 5-3/4"W x 2-3/4"H rectangular baker and one 14"L x 7-1/2"W x 3"H rectangular baker
  • Handpainted scroll design
  • Oven safe to 500F
  • Dishwasher-, microwave-, freezer-safe
  • Stoneware construction
  • Made in China

Cooking Tips

Tips:

Fontina Cheese
For many recipes, I always recommend using genuine fontina from Vale d'Aosta because of its superb flavor, texture, and melting ability. Fortunately, imported authentic fontina is widely available in markets with good cheese departments or from gourmet vendors on the web. Be sure that you are buying DOP (Denomination of Protected Origin) fontina. It's slightly more expensive than other semi-soft cheeses, but it's well worth the cost.

Homegrown Basil
Grow your own fresh basil, even if it's in just a small pot on the windowsill. It'll provide you great flavor for many of your dishes. Be sure to snip back the new shoots when they have four or five bright leaves. Also, be sure to keep the plant from flowering and it'll last for months. All you need is an ordinary sweet-basil plant like the ones at the supermarket. They will grow nicely with a bit of attention. If you're going to grow your own basil, I highly recommend taking a big batch and making pesto sauce in the late summer when basil is most abundant.

Stock
Stock is a wonderful thing to have on hand at all times and nothing you can buy at the store compares to what you'll make at home. Having stock handy is great when you want to prepare a quick soup or most sauces. I suggest that you cook up a batch of stock periodically and keep it in reserve. It stores well and can be concentrated (reduced) so that it takes up even less space. I like freezing stock in ice cube trays and keeping them in a plastic bag so I can just grab one or two quickly when I need it.

Risotto
When buying rice for risotto dishes, look for shiny kernels of uniform pearly color, with no blotchiness, and a smooth surface that doesn't feel floury to the touch. Carnaroli, Arborio, Padano, and Vialone Nano are the varieties to look for. The best cooking vessel for risotto is a wide, heavy, non-reactive skillet that evenly disperses heat and allows evaporation to occur uniformly. The proper ratio of rice to liquid is 1:3-1/2. The trick to making a perfect risotto is using boiling stock and making sure to constantly stir. It's imperative that risotto be served and eaten immediately.

Roasting a Bell Pepper
Turn a gas burner on high and using long-handled tongs, place the pepper on the grates directly over the flames. Roast the peppers, turning them as necessary, until evenly blackened on all sides. Place the peppers in a bowl, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let stand until cool enough to handle. With your fingers, peel the skin from the pepper. Pull out the stems and empty out the seeds and juices.

Garlic-infused Oil
Garlic-infused olive oil is a very handy thing to have in the kitchen. You must be careful though due to the slight chance that any uncooked garlic left to steep for too long can be a breeding ground for botulism. If you are concerned, make the oil with blanched or roasted garlic. To make the infused oil, add 3 thickly sliced cloves of garlic to each cup of extra virgin olive oil. Let steep for 2 to 3 hours. Strain the oil and discard the garlic if you're not using it immediately. Keep the oil in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Minestra
Minestra is the Italian word for a soup that's been made heartier by the addition of either pasta or rice. Keep in mind that when adding a starch to a soup you may need to include additional water or the starch will absorb a good amount of your broth.

You may make the soup ahead of time but don't add in the rice or pasta until just before you serve it; otherwise the rice or pasta will overcook and become mush.

Bay Leaves
You'll find that many of my recipes call for bay leaves. They lend a nice aromatic flavor to dishes. Dried bay leaves are more common in restaurants although you can use fresh, too. Some fresh bay leaves do tend to have a slightly bitter flavor however. Add whole bay leaves to a dish at the start of cooking, and be sure to use them in stocks and braising liquids especially. Be sure to take them out once your dish is finished cooking.

Rosemary
I much prefer fresh rosemary over dried. This is an herb where I feel it's almost essential to use fresh. It has a wonderful pine fragrance that is lost to some extent when dried, and a good amount of flavor is lost as well. Add rosemary to stews or use it with a variety of roasted meats — it goes very nicely with lamb.

Kosher Salt
Kosher salt is the salt most commonly used in professional kitchens. A lot of home cooks often ask, ''What's the difference? Does it taste so much better?'' The answer is surprisingly, ''No''. Many chefs like kosher salt because of its large, coarse granules, making it much easier to apply. Some will argue that they can taste the difference between kosher and table salt, but if you can, it's negligible. The only main difference is the size, like I mentioned, and the fact that it doesn't contain iodine which may help it dissolve easier.

Pecorino Romano
You will find that many of my recipes that call for this sheep's milk cheese from central and southern Italy. Pecorino is very brittle with a sharper flavor than other grating cheeses. Use it in place of or in combination with Parmigiano-Reggiano, but it is also good with olives, sausages, and red wine.

Information provided by Lidia Bastianich.

About Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich has contributed significantly to America's burgeoning appreciation for Italian cuisine over the past two decades through her cookbooks and television series. Now she wants to bring some of her kitchen into the homes of her loyal fans.

Lidia has combined the beauty of Italy and the functionality of her own cooking style to create Lidia's Kitchen, a cookware and tabletop extravaganza for the home. The shapes and designs reflect Lidia's own favorites, and allow for easy family-style serving.

Lidia has created the line with simplicity in mind, while keeping a keen eye on aesthetics and functionality. Durable and affordable, Lidia's Kitchen collection includes wonderful serving pieces, cookware, platters, and accessories that bring a taste of Old World charm to your home.

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K35850 - Lidia Bastianich 1 qt. & 2.5 qt. Hand Painted StonewareBakers 4.9 5 56 56
Great value, well made I purchased this set at clearance. The pieces are well made with substantial weight. You could easily pay more for just one of the pieces. I can't wait to use them. I'll be making lots of banana nut and zucchini bread in the loaf dish. 09-19-12
Love Lidia I purchased this set when it was a Lunchtime Special which made the value even better. The set is attractive, useful and well-made. I love Lidia, her recipes, books, t.v. show and now her products!! 09-06-12
Best Purchase Ever! I love these bakers. I have replaced all of my old pyrex with this set and the 3 piece set. I also have the pasta bowls. I which QVC would continue to carry this line. I would love to have other pieces. I purchased all of the pieces in the green.. They are well-made and clean up is a breeze. 09-06-12
THE BEST!! Lidia stoneware is high quality!! The pattern is lovely and the colors are rich. Keep more pieces coming!! WE LOVE YOUR STONEWARE! 09-04-12
Love it!! Just the perfect size for my tiny family of two!! Beautifully crafted and detailed. Love leaving them out when not in use, but most of the time they are on my table filled with food!! 09-01-12
Great set I ordered two sets (blue and cranberry) and they are absolutely beautiful. Small baker in the cranberry had a little chip on the handle but still kept it. Great quality. I wish Lidia brings back the pasta bowl set w/platter. PLEASE???? 08-30-12
Very Nice! I purchased this set last week and just received mines today. I have the Blue set. They are very beautiful and very heavy and the detail work is lovely. This set does not look like it cost $17.00. They came wrapped in plastic and foam separately in one box and instructions on how to keep them looking beautiful was also included. I can't wait to use these, especially for the Holidays. I immediately started imagining what I could bake/cook in these. If you are looking for beautiful and quality bakeware I would buy these since they are on clearance and you won't find anything like this for this price else where. Perfect gift for anyone. 08-30-12
Inside Glaze Has White FLECKS I just received these a few minutes ago and couldn't wait to open them. There are white flecks in the glazing all over the inside of bowl bakers. I don't know if they are supposed to be that way or not. I'll watch the video again. I like them and will keep and use them. 08-29-12
Wish I had got More These are very nice. Clean up very easy. At the clearance price I wish I brought more to give as gifts. 08-26-12
Nice quality! These are a very good quality pair of stoneware bakers. I was surprised that the glaze continued onto the bottom of the baker, where it is not on most bakers. Great value. They cleaned up very easily after a baked on cheesy dish. Happy with this product, the first that I own from Lidia Bastianich, and I will be buying more from her in the future. 08-21-12
Very Nice Stoneware I ordered two sets, the blue and chocolate, and gave one to my niece. We both love to bake and these two pans are perfect! Very well made and pretty. Good job as usual Lidia, I never miss a show. Cannot wait to order more for the family for Christmas. Where else can I get such a high quality item for under twenty dollars? All our girls all bake so these will be perfect. 08-16-12
Beautiful! These bakers are stunningly beautiful. Superior quality, great standard sizes and bake so well! The quality of the painting is exceptional. Buy these and you won't be disappointed. 08-12-12

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