Biba Caggiano was a relaxed and amusing instructor, Martha Stewart a quick study when the Sacramento restaurateur taught the media mogul how to make tortelloni on this morning's "The Martha Stewart Show." Caggiano's customary gracefulness in the kitchen came close to faltering only when Stewart began to hand her a rather imposing file-like tool to grate nutmeg for the ricotta and Swiss chard filling of the tortelloni. "My goodness, I'll let you do it," said Caggiano in letting Stewart hang on to the grater.
Caggiano, dressed for the season in a pumpkin-colored sweater, followed segments on making pumpkin scarecrows and black-cat masks for Halloween. Among other things, viewers learned that Stewart is mighty tall alongside Caggiano, who reminded her hostess that she's 5-1. The two clearly enjoyed each other, with Stewart providing perhaps the biggest surprise as she adapted quickly to the tricky task of folding tortelloni, which after they were cooked and dressed with a gorgonzola sauce she pronounced "beautiful" and "tasty."
Caggiano appeared on the show in connection with her latest cookbook, "Biba's Italy: Favorite Recipes from the Splendid Cities," where the tortelloni recipe appears as well as here, Stewart's Web site. You can also watch the episode on the Web site beginning Friday evening.