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Award-winning Executive Chef Daniel Bruce takes a day off from his Rowe Wharf Sea Grille restaurant in Boston, to cook vegetarian with Mary Ann nella cucina, where they prepare Daniel's daughter's favorite; Ricotta and Parmesan Cheese Eggplant Rollatini and then Mary Ann's complements is with her classic Italian favorite, Neapolitan Style Stuffed Red Peppers.

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Tue Jun 30th, 9:00am
Tue Jun 30th, 12:00pm
Tue Jun 30th, 4:00pm
Wed Jul 1st, 3:00am
Sat Jul 4th, 11:30pm

Seafood super chef Jasper White invites Mary Ann to lend a hand preparing two of his signature dishes; Golden yellow Fettucine with Mussels, Saffron, and Cherry Tomatoes, followed by crispy, crunchy Almond-Crusted Fish. And what's the perfect side? Surprise, surprise, it's Jasper's lemon tangy Fennel Slaw. Beautiful bounty from the sea.. . for thee.

Mary Ann travels to the heart of Tuscany to cook with Maria Gorelli at Banfi winery, near Montalcino, Italy. They begin by creating classic Tuscan Pici, a hand rolled, thick-spaghetti style pasta that's the perfect base for Poor Sauce, made from toasted breadcrumbs, olive oil, tomatoes and garlic. And to go with it, a hearty Venison Stew guaranteed to chase the winter blues away.

Mary Ann travels to La Sosta del Rosselino, a small restaurant near Florence, Italy to discover the secret of chef/owner Damiano's signature Potato gnocchi; simple to make, soft as clouds, drifting in a butter sauce and utterly unforgettable. Inspired, Mary Ann goes nella cucina to create - just as heavenly - Gnocchi di Spinaci e Ricotta (Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi) with a hint of mint and nutmeg.

Mary Ann proves that a great sauce can turn everyday eating into a Sunday treat when she prepares a hearty Oven Baked Beef Shin Tomato Ragu over short cut pasta, followed by a delicate Ricotta Cheese Sauce, and then finishes up with a citrusy Sicilian Lemon and Olive Oil Sauce that makes ordinary fish taste fantastic.

Mary Ann features Canederli with Speck, a fantastic dumpling-like recipe from the little-known Italian region of Trentino Aldo Adige. Filled with diced speck, this unique meat product adds an unmistakeable, smoke-like flavor to the tender canederli, bobbing in broth. Perfect for a cold winter's night.

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