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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 explain what they are and why I like them. So ~ watch the video and find out!

I hope this has answered some of your questions about San Marzano canned tomatoes, strained tomatoes, and tomato paste. Please leave me comments or continue to ask me questions, I really enjoy having a dialogue with you. I truly want to encourage you to cook, bring your family to the table and change a life one meal at a time!

And, as a bonus, here is a sneak peak into Nonna’s cupboard in Italy to see what tomato products she had:

Buon Appetito~ bring your family to the table and change a life one meal at a time!


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. LindyLouMacLindyLouMac02-25-2011

    My copy of your book arrived in the mail yesterday and with a quick glance I know I am going to enjoy it. It will be a couple of months at least before I get to review it though Mark as I want to read and review it for the Italy in Books Challenge I am taking part in.

    • Mark LeslieMark Leslie02-25-2011

      Excellente! Sono felice che lo ha ricevuto. Yikes, I hope I wrote that correctly! Looking forward to your thoughts once you get through it. I hope you’ll enjoy it, especially since you are living almost exactly where I was. Brava! Anche, sono geloso molto.
      A presto~

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