Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2011’

1 Tomato, 2 Tomato, 3 Tomato, 4 ~

Pomi brand Strained Tomatoes - Mark Leslie - Beyond the Pasta

Tomato 101 Here is a little “Tomato 101″ video class on tomatoes ~ specifically, canned San Marzano tomatoes, strained tomatoes (featuring the Pomi brand, my favorite), and tomato paste. Why a video on these? Well, the recipes in my book Beyond the Pasta and on this blog use some of these tomato products and people have been asking me to …

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Ah, to love~

Post image heirloom tomatoes - Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

~ The Love Apple ~ (Heirloom Tomato, Onion, Basil and Mint Tart Recipe) When the tomato was first introduced to Italy from South America – yes, the tomato is not indigenous to Italy – it was thought to be poisonous. Its odd, sometimes ugly shape and varying color really made people nervous. Eventually, as it caught on and became more …

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It’s Child’s Play~

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe post image - Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe On my most recent trip to Italy I stayed with the Stefanis (the family in my book) and learned a new and very simple recipe ~ Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe. This recipe is one of the hundreds of classic Italian dishes were you prepare the sauce for the pasta in the time it takes you to …

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Let’s Bake a Cake~

Nutella front post image - Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

La Torta di Stefano ~ Coconut Yogurt Cake with Nutella Frosting In honor of World Nutella Day, February 5, here is my Coconut Yogurt Cake with Nutella Frosting recipe. In true Italian fashion, this is a dense and not overly sweet cake. The cake’s “sweetness” is based on the Nutella frosting, so the cake itself does not add yet another …

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