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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~

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~ 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~

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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~

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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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Pizza ~ Pizza

Roman Pizzeria - Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

Hmm, Rome had a Caesar, too ~ Pizza – so much for starting the year off on the healthy side, right? Hmm, well, it may not be as bad as you think. If I were to ask you, “What is your favorite Italian food?” I have a feeling I could place a sure bet that you’d say, “Pizza!” And why …

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A New Year ~ A New Diet

fresh fruit - beyond the pasta - mark leslie

Got Fruit? With the ever increasing popularity of my book Beyond the Pasta, I have been getting a lot of response from people wanting to know about the Italian diet. Am I a dietitian? Nope, not by a long shot. But having just returned from Italy, where I spent more time with the Stefani family, I have to admit that …

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Back to the Future ~ Viterbo bound

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~ Returning to my now Italian home ~ Writing a book about real people and the real time you spent with them can be stressful – especially when you wrote it without them ever pre-reading a single syllable. Add to that the fact that there is a language barrier between everyone involved and you might start to understand why I …

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New Year’s Greetings from Viterbo, Italy~

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Start off the New Year reducing your waist ~ Italian-Style As an American I think we sometimes have the false idea that every Italian meal involves large volumes of food – nothing could be farther from the truth. Yes, Italians do eat multiple courses, but the portion size of each of those courses is rather small. It is the New …

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My bags are packed and I’m ready to fly~

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What will 2011 bring? Ah, the last post of 2010 and what a year it has been! It started off with our house being published in House Beautiful’s Feb 2010 issue. With that came a huge designer-blog interest and led a publisher to my then manuscript of Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family. On the …

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Buon Natale~

Angel - Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

Merry Christmas ~ Buon Natale Wishing you a most joyous holiday~ Mark

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