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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.

Risotto con Funghi Freschi – Risotto with Fresh Mushrooms

On our late summer and fall tours, whether we are hiking in the Dolomites or cycling through Tuscany, a wide array of lovely mushrooms appears on our dinner menus or impresses us as we visit an outdoor market. The varieties … Continue reading

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Exploring Bassano del Grappa – From Grappa and White Asparagus to Hemingway and Palladio

Bassano del Grappa is a beautiful town we visit often on our cycling adventures and hiking tours. Bassano has played a critical role in the history of the region, inspired artists from Palladio to Hemingway, and its singular terrain produces … Continue reading

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Insalata di Barbabietola con Mele e Formaggio di Capra – Beet, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

One of my Christmas gifts this year was Lidia Bastianich’s new cookbook, “Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine”.  This is a great addition to my library of Italian cookbooks, with a comprehensive overview of ingredients and techniques. Of course, … Continue reading

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Exploring Bolzano – Gateway to the Dolomites

Nestled within picturesque green hills lies Bolzano, Italy – the capital of Alto Adige/Sudtirol, and the gateway to the Dolomites. It’s an easy destination to get to, with its own airport, or a couple of hours drive or train ride … Continue reading

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Christmas Cookies – Holiday Treats Inspired by our Italy Adventures

Our Italiaoutdoors cycling and hiking tours bring us to many regions in Italy, each with its own unique culinary and holiday traditions. Here are a few Christmas cookie recipes I’ve developed over the years to recapture the flavors of my … Continue reading

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