Chef Lidia Bastianich Celebrates Navajo Milestone in Bluff in PBS Series


Celebrity chef and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich recently visited the Navajo reservation and Bluff, Utah.  Lidia came to Bluff to film a new episode of  the PBS show, Lidia Celebrates America—Life’s Milestones.  The popular show airs on Salt Lake City’s PBS station, KUED-Channel 7, on Monday, December 30th at 9 p.m.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the show is to feature four rites of passage, including a Navajo house blessing.

The Bluff segment is one of four celebrations showcased in the hourlong program. Other celebrations include a country music debut in Nashville, a Greek Orthodox baptism for triplets and a Brazilian-American culinary student’s college graduation.

On the Navajo reservation, Lidia met the recipients of a new home constructed by Design Build Bluff, a 10-year-old program through the University of Utah’s architecture and planning department. Students design a house for particular family one semester, and then go to the Four Corners region to build the house the next semester. The homes are all made with sustainable materials and equipped with solar power.

During the episode, Lidia also discovers how the Churro sheep came to the region and how industrious the Navajo are at using all parts of the animal, including the wool for blankets.  Navajo chef Freddie Bitsoie, from Gallup, N.M., shows Lidia how to prepare lamb and blue-corn “polenta” made with ash.

The episode ends with the house blessing, something outsiders are rarely allowed to attend. Camera crews were even allowed to film portions of the ceremony.

Click here to see the full story in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Source:  The Salt Lake Tribune. 

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