Author Archives: chefbikeski

Cooking Class: How to Cook Risotto, and Narrowly Avoid Burning Your Friends’ House Down…

Last Monday we had another very enjoyable cooking class in the back woods of Sugarloaf, ME. A enthusiastic group of women, plus two brave men faced brutal sub-zero temperatures to gather at my friend Nancy Marshall’s house for an evening … Continue reading

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Tiramisu – Italy’s Favorite Dessert

My favorite Italian dessert, and probably the best-known dessert of  Italy, is Tiramisu. We make this on many of our Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine Chefs on Bikes tours, and it always a big hit. My son Liam requests this on … Continue reading

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Randonnee by Day and Braised Rabbit by Night

My blog to this point has focused on my culinary activities. But my passions are divided between the kitchen and the great outdoors! So a perfect day for me is one in which I get to indulge in both. Today … Continue reading

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Who’s Crazy Enough to Make their own Ricotta Cheese?

Make your own ricotta cheese? Are you crazy? That is the reaction I usually see when this possibility is first introduced. But continue reading, and you’ll soon be a convert. You can actually make ricotta from two simple ingredients, and … Continue reading

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Pasta e Fagioli or Pasta Fazool to Us Americans…

Pasta does not play as predominant a role in the cuisine of Northern Italy as it does elsewhere in the country. One pasta dish that the Veneto is famous for, however, is pasta e fagioli (or pasta e fasioi in … Continue reading

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