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Blecs

For us in Venetian Northern Italy, the word "blecs" speaks of buttery goodness, a warm belly and pasta served the moment it is taken from the pot. In other words, blecs is one of those heavenly, special, and comforting dishes that speaks of home to me. In America, the word "blech" (pronounced the same) is an onomatopoeic one of something quite different, so don't turn away. In fact, it means a patch, as if you were to patch your jeans. The name comes from the color of the pasta and the triangular shape. Trust me, blecs are a delicious thing. ...

Risi e Bisi

Food is my life.   My fascination with it began at a very young age and my childhood memories of it are profound. I am fifty-six years old and thousands of miles away from the little town in Northern Italy where I grew up, but walking in the Farmer’s Market during Springtime and seeing fresh pea shoots, snap peas, peas of any kind instantly takes me back in time and place.  I am a young boy again and back in my mother’s garden picking peas for her delicious risi e bisi....

A Weeknight Vegan Meal

At the restaurant where I work, I often cook meat and fatty foods.  As a chef, I taste everything all the time.  I am constantly tasting to ensure the quality in my dishes.  This week, for example, I will be preparing a suckling pig - high in fat, most definitely meat, but I aspire to live a healthier life.  I cannot be a full vegan or even a vegetarian, but on the days I am off or when I have a chance, I scale it back and create a meal of vegetables.  Tonight was such a night. I began ...