"Mark Leslie" - "Beyond the Pasta"

Here I am~

In case anyone is thinking that I have fallen off of the planet by not doing a post in a while ~ well, I haven’t.

I have been busy developing a “Beyond the Pasta” app for the iPhone and iPad, which means that I have been cooking, taking photos and making videos. Needless-to-say, the fridge is FULL of food.

Here are some images of what is coming the beginning of April ~

Berry Cobbler - Mark Leslie - Beyond the Pasta

Berry Cobbler

Penne all'Arrabbiata - Mark Leslie - Beyond the Pasta

Penne all'Arrabbiata

Sicilian Rice Balls - Mark Leslie - Beyond the Pasta

Sicilian Rice Balls

Frozen Mascarpone - Mark Leslie - Beyond the Pasta

Frozen Mascarpone

I’ll be writing about the Stefanis, the family in my book, Italy, food, and more, very soon.

Buon Appetito ~ Bring your family to the table!


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 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. LoribethLoribeth03-14-2011

    Must remember NOT to read your blog in the middle of the night. Everything looks so yummy, you’ve made me want a midnight snack in the worst way!!!

    • Mark LeslieMark Leslie03-14-2011

      Ciao Loribeth! I am thrilled that you are reading my blog in the middle of the night – though I sorry about inspiring a possible fridge raiding expedition in the wee hours of the morning. 🙂

  2. Kris KendrickKris Kendrick04-06-2011

    Oh darn just the mascarpone is killing me!

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