All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘beyond the pasta’

Back to the Future ~ Viterbo bound

Day 1- Viterbo Crest

~ 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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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~

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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!

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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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