All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘beyond the pasta’

The Bay Area ~ Day 2

"Mark Leslie" "Biba Caggiano" "Beyond the Pasta"

It all started with Bruschetta Is TV glamorous? You tell me – waking up at 4:45 a.m. to jump in the car at 5:30 to drive over an hour 10 to arrive at a furniture store for a cooking segment interview – thrilled yet? Actually I thought it was great fun. There is something exhilarating about live TV, plus when …

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“Napa” ~ ‘nuf said.

Napa Horizontal

Peel me a grape ~ in November, but not now. Friday has been a whirlwind of a day…which really never stopped from last night, Thursday. For the next 10 days I am going to be all over the San Francisco area, as far north as Napa and Sacramento, publicizing my book Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an …

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Get out the grill~

Grill Kbk

Or let’s grill in! It’s that time of year when half the country is still in the grasp of Old Man Winter while the other half is enjoying the budding, flowering show of Spring. Here is Alabama we have already been grilling and dining al fresco. I realize that it is a little early for grilling up north, but here …

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Eccomi~

Berry Cobbler - Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie cover image

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 …

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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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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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