Author Archive for: ‘mark’

Cookies for Santa? Maybe he’ll share~

Biscotti Natale - Beyond the Pasta - Italian Christmas Cookies

Biscotti Natale It’s Christmas time and that means COOKIES! Have to have something to put out for Santa, right? Here is Nonna’s recipe for Biscotti Natale. I have taken the liberty of slightly altering the shape of her original by preparing this version in as round cookie. Watch the above video to see how these are prepared – in my …

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La Parola del Giorno ~ Coraggio!

Thanksgiving spread 2010 - Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

The Word of the Day ~ Courage! We have all just survived or, at least I hope we all survived, a big American holiday – Thanksgiving. For some of us it is a no-brainer, for others it is a day wrought with culinary fear. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle. Having to cook the family turkey used to …

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Denver and the Dog~

Biker Jim's, Denver, Beyond the Pasta, Mark Leslie

When the West gets wild~ “I’d like a wild boar brat.” I said to the guy behind the street corner vendor cart. “Great choice, man. We just got them in today. We have been out of them for the past two weeks.” “Lucky me! I like boar.” “Yeah? Where have you had it before?” “In Italy. Well, not a wild …

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A Simple Cup of Joe~

Coffee - Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

“How about a warmer upper?” I have a very nostalgic view of coffee, “java,” ‘joe” or whatever nickname you use.  Mention the word “coffee” or any of its slang derivatives and I immediately imagine something that has been perked in an aluminum pot over a gas flame early in the morning and served in a creamware mug – with or …

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What’s the buzz, tell me what’s a happenin’ ~

Beyond the Pasta - Crostada di Marmellata taken by Frutto della Passione

Besides all of the personal e-mails I am receiving from people who are enjoying the book and finding the recipes very easy and delicious, there have recently been some online reviews that I thought I’d share. Frutta della Passione is a wonderful blog written by a woman living in Italy. She reviewed the book and cooked four of the recipes …

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

Denver Kitchen E1288585904470

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 …

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La Parola del Giorno ~ Tavolo

Montgomery table- Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

The Word of the Day ~ Table I am sure you are thinking, “What is so special about the word “table”?” Being American, maybe that word doesn’t resonate for you, doesn’t strike a chord. I can understand that. However, in Italy, the word “table” has two meanings. Your Italian lesson:  Tavolo is the Italian word for table – the word …

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An evening spent around a table~

Book Signing

Earlier in September I spent a wonderful evening at The Book Shelf in Winona, Minnesota, where owner Chris Livingston hosted a book signing event for my book Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family. The event was actually a dinner and discussion. Larry, Colleen and their staff at the Blue Heron Coffee House cooked a meal …

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“In fourteen hundred ninety-two~

map of italy- Beyond the Pasta- Mark Leslie

~ Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Happy Columbus Day! In honor of good ole Chris discovering America – or getting close enough, depending on who you ask – I thought I’d post some sea images I have taken during my visits to Italy. Maybe you’ll be inspired to cross the “ocean blue” to visit Christopher’s homeland. È bella! On your …

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“Suckered” into loving breakfast~

Lola, Seattle- Beyond the Pasta, Mark leslie

My second day in Seattle started off with the unusual. In the block up the street from my Seattle hotel was a restaurant named Lola. It came recommended as a great dinner spot by my publicist, who had been to Seattle two weeks prior. “Go to Lola – one of the best meals I have had in a very long …

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