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Everyday Food: Beyond Lasagna

Airs Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Promotional photo of a plate of lasagna from "Everyday Food."

Each half-hour episode of "Everyday Food" offers quick, easy and practical solutions to the challenges of everyday cooking and includes easy-to-make recipes along with smart tips and kitchen techniques. The cast consists of four home-grown talents from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living.

Everyone loves lasagna - it's easy to make and satisfying to eat - but there's more to baked pasta than this dish. In this episode, John makes sausage and broccoli rabe in a rich tomato sauce with pasta shells and melted mozzarella.

Today's "Have You Tried?" ingredient is fennel. Anna shows how this Mediterranean plant is served as both an herb and a vegetable. Easy to use, it tastes good raw and cooked and has a unique flavor that complements many dishes.

Sarah captures the flavors of the Mediterranean by baking chicken and orzo pasta with feta cheese and lemon, served with a salad of fennel, parsley, parmesan and lemon. Lucinda layers thinly sliced potatoes and rigatoni pasta with tomatoes, oregano and cheese for tomato, pasta and potato bake. While that cooks, she prepares romaine hearts with goat cheese dressing.

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