Author Archives: chefbikeski

About chefbikeski

Culinary Director and Owner of Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine. Creator of uniquely personalized active (bike, ski, hike, walk) tours in Italy. Small groups, owner/expert led, customized to your desires, your fitness levels, your budget. We personally design and lead each and every tour ourselves, to deliver the best in personalized service.

Nals Margreid – Wines from Alto Adige

Italy’s northernmost wine growing region is Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol. Located in the northeastern corner of Italy, this region was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire until the close of World War I. It is a fascinating region … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, Wine, Wine Pairings, wine tastings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Focaccia al Rosmarino e Aglio – Focaccia with Rosemary and Garlic

Whenever I have a hankering for fresh homemade bread, but not the time nor energy to indulge myself in the rather time consuming process, focaccia is my treat of choice. Focaccia is a traditional Italian flatbread that is easily prepared … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Basics of Italian Wine – What’s in this bottle?

While browsing in any US liquor store in the Italian wine section, I often see other shoppers totally mystified by the label on a bottle of wine from Italy. We are accustomed to selecting our wines via the type of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized, Wine, wine tastings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Biscotti di Marroni – Chestnut Biscotti

Chestnuts are found throughout Italy, and have been a staple of their cuisine for thousands of years. This past October I spent a week exploring venues for our Bike the Wine Roads of Trentino-Alto Adige bike tour, and chestnuts were … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Cookies, Gluten Free, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Risotto alla Milanese

My last post was on the classic dish from Milan, Ossobuco alla Milanese. The obvious follow-on is its time-honored accompaniment, Risotto alla Milanese. Risotto dishes have graced the tables of Northeastern Italy for centuries, as the special plump short grained … Continue reading

Posted in Gluten Free, Lombardy, Risotto, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment