Where, oh where, has my kitchen gone~ A cooking lesson!

Enjoy the recipe and the cooking lesson!

Think you have to have a fantastic kitchen in order to prepare and serve good food?  Not true!  I am out of town working and living in a hotel for the next two months.  See what happens now that I am no longer able to cook in my “House Beautiful” kitchen.  I’ll prove you can make a good home-cooked meal in even the most basic of kitchens.

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About the Author

Mark LeslieMark Leslie, seen cooking on NBC’s "The Today Show" and Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, vacations in Italy every year, and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him. His first book, “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family,” tells of his life in Italy while cooking with an Italian grandmother. He shares his food experiences on his blog at www.beyondthepasta.com and has taught cooking classes in California, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and across Alabama. While judging for high school culinary events, he was chosen by the US Department of Education to judge for their "National Education Startup Challenge." Mark can be regularly seen cooking on NBC-affiliate, WSFA-TV 12's "Alabama Live! each Friday, bringing easy, locally sourced recipes to central Alabama. His iTunes app “Beyond the Pasta” features helpful videos and more of Nonna’s family-style recipes that she shared with him, plus, upon its release, it was named “New & Noteworthy” by Apple. DaVinci Wines chose Mark as their "2012 Storyteller" in Language Arts—where they sent him to Vinci, Italy, to write about wine, food and life. Mark, his home and book have been featured in such national publications and blogs as House Beautiful, Paula Deen, Food Republic, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, Field & Stream, and The Daily Meal. A Chicago-area native and “Yankee” by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for over 24 years, and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits, and finally arrived at polenta. Buonissimo!View all posts by Mark Leslie →

  1. Oh Mark, I just looked at the pictures of your kitchen and home and I am drooling! How can you stand to be away for so long! Sigh, I’ll just go back and drool some more over those pictures.

    • Mark LeslieMark Leslie11-05-2010

      It is proving to be a challenge to say the least! I think I might have to go back and look at the pictures, too. If only to remember what awaits 7 weeks from now!

  2. Kris KendrickKris Kendrick11-07-2010

    Marco – you are inspiring! We miss you!

  3. HoagHoag11-08-2010

    Command performance in Rochester? Come on out! Oh, and I loved the video – a production company of 1! Looked great.

    • Mark LeslieMark Leslie11-15-2010

      Thanks! I received your order and I’ll get it out to you later this week!
      A presto~

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