Lidia Talks Tomatoes

Lidia Bastianich is coming to Toronto this February! In honor of this special occasion you must stay tuned as we will be having a Lidia giveaway frenzy over the coming weeks! This week we have 3  pairs of tickets to see Lidia Live at the Main Stage Theatre! ** 2 pairs of special VIP passes are now also available for a Feb 11th private taping in Montreal at 8pm!** If you want to win,  simply watch Lidia’s 1 min Video Tip below to see what she has to say about tomatoes and then continue reading! If you don’t know the difference between San Marzano and Roma tomatoes, this for you!

http://youtu.be/u9xkrWZvEEQ

Lidia says,“if in season, perfectly ripe fresh tomatoes are the best…”  and we agree! Have you seen our recipe for Nonna’s Stuffed Eggplant yet? It starts with out with a simple and incredibly delicious fresh tomato sauce as many of the great classic Italian recipes do. But as Lidia continues to say, “canned tomatoes are just as good because you can make them year round” and we also got you covered there!! From imported Italian Plum Tomatoes to our very own Canadian Plum Tomatoes; diced, crushed, strained… Aurora has a FULL line of Tomato products for you to enjoy all year round.

Talking about tomatoes, this week is especially exciting as we are awaiting the arrival of a new baby….Lidia would be proud! This week Aurora is adding Allessia San Marzano Tomatoes to their line up! These tomatoes can only be grown in one area of  Italy and since they are of historical significance, San Marzano tomatoes, like wine, enjoy protected status D.O.P (Denominazione di Origine Protetta.) Stay tuned, we’ll let you know as soon as shipment arrives from Italy!

San Marzano Tomatoes


So on that note, take a look at our recipideo “How to make Tomato Sauce 2 ways“. Whether you use fresh or canned tomatoes,  your sauce will be delicious either way!! Ponder these questions while you watch: What’s a staple in your kitchen pantry? Whole Plum tomatoes, crushed, strained, diced, or do you use only fresh tomatoes all the time? Do you look for imported or local? Roma or San Marzano? Watch, form your answers, and then we’ll tell you how to enter and win your tickets to see Lidia LIVE in Toronto! **(or please specify in your comment if you want to see her in Montreal)**

Ok here is how to win. We want to hear from you, we really do, so answer any or all of our questions above and make your comments below. There are 4 ways to enter so here’s the deal:

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Oh and that’s not all! How would you like to win a signed copy Lidia’s many newest cookbook “Lidia’s Favorite Recipes”!? Stay tuned and we’ll post yet another exciting giveaway very very soon!! Good luck everyone!

Entries will be accepted until Sunday January 27th 12:00am EST.
Winners will be announced on Monday Jan 28th and contacted by email.
Winners must provide a postal address in Canada. Tickets and passes must be claimed within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen

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I am a little of a great many things. Every experience and every blessing. And even though the whole may be greater than the sum of it's parts, welcome to this little part of me I call "Ita-liana." Raised in an Italian grocery store/food importing company (which explains why wine and olive oil runs through my veins) this is the part of me that is the very best of my Sicilian and Calabrian roots. Watching my Calabrese mother and grandmother cook for the entire family, with not only expertise and ease, but with an over abundance of love, left it's mark. Travelling back to Italy and learning about family history did the rest, while my Sicilian side kicks in almost intuitively. * © All recipes, photography, illustrations on posts by "ita-liana" and "Recipideo" video content copyright Liana Tumino ©

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74 Comments »

1

Angie

January 22nd, 2013 at 11:56 am

1. I always have canned/jar tomatoes in my pantry because I’m Italian!
2. Crushed
3. Local
4. San Marzano

(Toronto please)

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Angie

January 22nd, 2013 at 11:57 am

I like you on Facebook (Angie Valenzano)

(Toronto please)

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Angie

January 22nd, 2013 at 11:58 am

I like you on Twitter – my handle is @avalen1

(Toronto please)

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Laura Tirone-Rizzo

January 22nd, 2013 at 11:59 am

- kitchen pantry staple: plum tomatoes for pizza, diced for a quick sauce
– imported for more flavourful tomatoes but local if brand is known (like Aurora!)
– Roma because they are more accessible/good price point but definitely San Marzano if available

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Laura Tirone-Rizzo

January 22nd, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I subscribed to the Recipideo channel

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Angie

January 22nd, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I subscribed to your YouTube channel – avalen66

(Toronto please)

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susie

January 22nd, 2013 at 12:15 pm

- kitchen pantry staple- diced tomatoes (aurora)

-local brand (aurora) is good

if available San Marzano

Now tutti a la tavola a mangiare!!!!!!!!!

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Jenny Galati

January 22nd, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Whole canned tomatoes are a definite kitchen staple and when I can get my hands on the san marzano tomatoes all the better

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Lisa Dugo

January 22nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

What’s a staple in your kitchen pantry? crushed Tomatoes. I look for imported. Love San Marzano!

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Lisa Dugo

January 22nd, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Liked on Facebook (Lisa Dugo)

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Lisa Dugo

January 22nd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Following on twitter (@masterrockerr)

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Lisa Dugo

January 22nd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Subscribed to Youtube Channel (cosmowanda6)

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Miranda Simone

January 22nd, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I always have chopped and crushed tomatoes in my cantina made fresh from our garden every summer.
However, I also buy canned plum or san marzano for my chili recipes or when making a big batch of sauce I will use the big cans of tomatoes, preferably imported from italy with little to no sodium, diced or whole tomatoes.

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Miranda Simone

January 22nd, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Miranda Gerolini-Simone on facebook, I liked you

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Miranda Simone

January 22nd, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I am also a subscriber on the Recipideo’s channel under Miranda Simone
Thanks,

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Carmina Pereira

January 22nd, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I always keep a variety of Aurora Whole Plum tomatoes, crushed, strained, diced in the pantry. I use Aurora’s imported tomatoes. I use both Roma and San Marzano.

I love the facebook feeds and make some of the receipes that time up.

TORONTO PLEASE AND THANK YOU!

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Valerie Harrison

January 22nd, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I always have canned tomatoes in my cupboards. I buy whole plum tomatoes which are canned at the peak of their freshness in the summer.They can be local, but I also look for San Marzanos when I am making a classic tomato sauce.

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Valerie Harrison

January 22nd, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Looks like I already follow you on Twitter at Bellini Valli

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Valerie Harrison

January 22nd, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I am now subscribed to recipideo:D

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Terri

January 22nd, 2013 at 7:21 pm

1. I always have jars of Aurora strained tomatoes in my house because I LOVE delicious sauce all year round
2. Strained
3. Imported
4. San Marzano and Roma

Toronto please!

Liked on Facebook, and following on Twitter

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Terri

January 22nd, 2013 at 7:21 pm

@jinx644 on Twitter

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Dora Scalercio

January 22nd, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I can my own tomatoes. I can crushed, cooked and chunky. However,I always have cans of San Marzano tomatoes on hand.

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Vera Di Nunno

January 22nd, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Aurora Diced Tomatoes, the sweetest tomatoes i’ve ever tasted. The best for LA PIZZA!

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Vera Di Nunno

January 22nd, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Lidia’s Pasta with Baked Cherry Tomatoes
Pasta con Pomodori al Forno
Try Aurora Cherry tomatoes!
Yummy!

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Vera Di Nunno

January 22nd, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Spaghetti in Tomato Apple Sauce
Spaghetti con salsa di Pomodorie e Mele
Lidia uses Italian plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano

Try our new Allessia San Marzano Tomatoes!!!!

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Vera Di Nunno

January 22nd, 2013 at 10:27 pm

True staples in my pantry:
always Aurora Diced Tomatoes, Tomatoe Puree,

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Dante

January 22nd, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Subscribed to Youtube Channel (Trigiani92)

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Lorraine Santangelo

January 23rd, 2013 at 5:06 am

There is no difference between San Marazano and Roma tomatoes they are bothe from the same family. meaty not a lot of juice or seeds both ate great for making sauce

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Mirella

January 23rd, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Aurora Tomato Puree, the best full bodied puree ever tasted. Loved by the whole family for pasta, pizza, polenta etc etc…Bon Apetite & salute.

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Dina

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I always keep canned tomatoes on hand, crushed and diced and also the strained ones in the bottles. Never know when you will need them! Although the fresh from the garden are the best, when available :)

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Dina

January 23rd, 2013 at 2:23 pm

All signed up for the Recipideo channel! dinasomers :)

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rose

January 23rd, 2013 at 4:34 pm

All my products that I use are from Aurora their tomatoes in the cam cherry tomatoes, puree tomatoes all the canned vegetables rice and egg noodle pasta its all good.Toronto Please My brother is a big supporter of aurora products in woodbridge.

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Monica Giliati

January 23rd, 2013 at 9:57 pm

- A pantry is never complete without quality canned tomatoes! Versatile for any recipe and makes a quick healthy meal.
– I love the Aurora canned cherry tomatoes! Perfectly juicy and sweet….I actually eat them straight from the can;) — Having the chance to buy local fresh tomatoes are always a plus, however, the quality of Aurora is fantastic!
– San Marzano are divine but not always available

Can I see Lidia now???

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Monica Giliati

January 23rd, 2013 at 9:58 pm

- A pantry is never complete without quality canned tomatoes! Versatile for any recipe and makes a quick healthy meal.
– I love the Aurora canned cherry tomatoes! Perfectly juicy and sweet….I actually eat them straight from the can;) – Having the chance to buy local fresh tomatoes is always a plus, however, the quality of Aurora is fantastic!
– San Marzano are divine but not always available

Can I see Lidia now??? I <3 her

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Valentina De Castris-Cholakis

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I like you on facebook!

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Filomena Vetrano

January 24th, 2013 at 9:22 am

Liked you on Facebook! San Marzano! (Montreal please)

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Paola Irrera

January 24th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I love watching Lidia on TV…..”tutti a tavola a mangiare” cin cin

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Mario Mignacca

January 25th, 2013 at 6:41 am

The Aurora Italian Puree superior by density and taste to any others.
ED ORA TUTTI A TAVOLA A MANGIARE CON AURORA E CON LIDIA

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Rita Durman

January 25th, 2013 at 11:26 am

I watch Lidia on TV with my sisters and they are going to be so excited to see her live.

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Rita Durman

January 25th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

1. We always have jar tomatoes because I’m Italian and its what we do!
2. Crushed
3. Local
4. San Marzano

twitter @RitaDurman
Rita Durman ‏@RitaDurman
Just entered @AuroraImporting giveaway to win a signed copy of @LidiaBastianich latest book a for free tickerts! – http://www.auroraimporting.com/2013/01/lidia-bastianich-canada-canned-tomatoes/nd

youtube Rita Durman
ohhhh memories…. i love canning tomatos

(Toronto)

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Tony D.

January 26th, 2013 at 8:27 am

Strained tomatoes yo make sauce, Imported, San Marzano (Lidia’s favourite). (Toronto)

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Tony D.

January 26th, 2013 at 8:29 am

Liked on facebook (Tony Dugo)

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Tony D.

January 26th, 2013 at 8:30 am

Following on twitter (@mistergoldenn)

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Anna Anagnostopoulos

January 26th, 2013 at 10:23 am

Love watching Lidia evening with my husband who is also a big fan of hers!!

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Anna Anagnostopoulos

January 26th, 2013 at 10:24 am

in Toronto

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Antonio Mastrofrancesco

January 26th, 2013 at 11:31 am

San Marzano Tomatoes are considered by many chefs to be the best sauce tomatoes in the world.

«In un mondo pieno di dolcificante artificiale, aspartame, saccarosio e derivati vari. C’è chi ha perso la dolcezza dello zucchero e la naturale duttilità del miele…. Nel divenire vecchio, molto spesso il piacere della tavola, prende il posto del piacere del letto.»

I always watch Lidia on TLN…

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rose

January 26th, 2013 at 11:52 am

Okay I am dying to see lydia i always watch her channel and try to make her food, All my tomatoes and products for cooking are from Aurora I love these products they are amazing and their taste is like it is home made especially the tomatoes.

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Maria Ioffreda

January 26th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I have been watching Lidia for years on TLN. She is an amazing lady. I love hearing her stories and her world travels not to mention her love for her family and Italian traditions. I make my very own tomatoe sauce and peeled tomatoes. I go out to pick my 4 bushels of tomatoes at the farm and when I come home the tradition begins. I haven’t done my own now for the past 4 years. I have been stricken with a disease. I have started using canned tomatoes and like Lidia says they are just as good. I would love to meet this lovely lady in Montreal. I wish her continued success but most importantly I wish her Health! Maria in Cote Saint-Luc, QC

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Melissa Poling

January 26th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

1. homemade jarred tomatoes
2. crushed
3. depending on the season…local during the summer
4. roma

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Melissa Poling

January 26th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

following on twitter

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Gabriel

January 27th, 2013 at 9:54 am

What’s a staple in your kitchen pantry? I Use only fresh tomatoes all the time. I always look for imported because they taste better. San Marzano tastes great!

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Gabriel

January 27th, 2013 at 9:55 am

Liked on facebook under name Gabriel D’Ugo

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Gabriel

January 27th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Following you on twitter. (@InfuseD123)

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Dina

January 27th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

What I think?? I think that I’ve never been to Montreal and would love to see a private taping as I will miss the Toronto appearance! :) AND I always have tomatoes on hand in my kitchen, fresh, canned, jarred or dried! :D

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Maria

January 27th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

1. What’s a staple in your kitchen pantry? Cut, canned tomatoes (home-made and store-bought) and whole tomatoes (frozen in September)

2. Do you look for imported or local? Imported

3. Roma or San Marzano? San Marzano!

Grazie!!!

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Maria

January 27th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

You have been liked on Facebook! Forza Lidia!!!

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Maria

January 27th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

DollyFanatic has subscribed to your YouTube Channel! Forza Lidia!!!

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Maria

January 27th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Mary Francesca has liked you on Facebook! I want to see Lidia in Montreal!!!

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Maria

January 27th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Dolly Fanatic subscribed to the YouTube Channel!!! I want to see Lidia in Montreal!!!

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Anna

January 27th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

1. Homemade
2. Strained
3. Local
4. San Marzano

Toronto please

63

Nancy

January 27th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

In my pantry this a full of products Aurora, from the tomatoes to the salt, by the origano to the eggplant
Like to much!!!!!!!!

I watch every day specialy in the Sunday at Tln and PBS Lidi’s show
She’s a great person and I like when she do Tutti a Tavola a Mangiare
I try try a few recipes from Lidia and they came so Good
Thanks Lidia to share your recipes and Thanks to Aurora one too bring us nice food on the Table you are the Best. And Thanks to make coming this great person!!!! Buon Appetito!!!!!!!!
I’m from Montreal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Joanne

January 27th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I Love Lidia!!!! Learned how to make perfect pasta from Lidia .

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Joanne

January 27th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I always have diced tomatoes in my pantry. If I use fresh I like local farmers and I use roma.

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Joanne

January 27th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I liked on facebook!

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Joanne

January 27th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I am following on twitter!

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Joanne

January 27th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I subscribed recipideo on you tube!

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Joanne

January 27th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

1. jars of homemade sauce
2. diced tomatoes
3. local
4. roma
Toronto please

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Mario Corrente

January 27th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Would love to see Lidia in Toronto!

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Anne Bujold

January 27th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

HI,

I’m Campbellton, New-Brunswick. I would love to assist to your as I’m at a verry big challenge in life in returning back to school to become an Italian Chef!!!!!! Where I come from the Italian culture is non existant, meaning that they don’t imigrate is this area. I was always drawn naturally to the culture and the food, can’t get enough!!!! So it would an honor and so much inspiring to assist to your show and most of all meet you.

Thank you, I hope for the stars to take me there!!!!

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Anne Bujold

January 27th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I would love to be at your taping!!!!!!!

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Angela Lacalamita

January 28th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I would love to be at lidia’s taping.

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Pamela Nastasi-White

January 30th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

If there were a love button i would push it!!! Instead i liked you on facebook! :)

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