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Kathy Bechtel
Works at Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine
Attended Boston College
Lives in Massachusetts, Maine
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Here's an article on one of the wonderful wineries in Alto Adige, Tiefenbrunner. We'll be cycling through this very area in a couple of weeks!
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Here's a warm cozy dish for a cold evening. Found in risottos, soups and many other dishes in northern Italy, leeks have a more refined flavor than its relatives onions and garlic.
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A surprise ingredient in these yummy sweet fritters - radicchio!
Fritters are a favorite dolce for upcoming Carnevale celebrations in Venice.
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Confused by Italian wines? Having difficulty figuring out what is inside the bottle? Join the club!

Here's my introduction to the Basics of Italian Wine, giving you some insights into the DOC system and terminology. I'll be adding some region by region guides over the next few weeks.
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 grape (varietal), which on wines produced here in the US is front and center ...
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A classic dish from Milan - Ossobuco alla Milanese. An easy and elegant dish for the holidays. Make it the day before serving to make entertaining a breeze. It is even better a day later!
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Preparing for our upcoming tour season, we'll be staying in Venice itself and shopping at Rialto market for our cooking classes. Our timing is perfect for enjoying the first artichoke buds, the castraure, best eaten raw.
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Whenever I am in Venice, my favorite lunch is a pasta with squid ink. Here is a version I make at back home using fresh local clams; a comfort dish that brings me back to dining canal-side on a sunny afternoon in Venice.
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A unique risotto - the cauliflower disappears into the creaminess of the risotto. Garnished with tasty Pancetta flavored breadcrumbs.
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Chestnut dishes were on every menu during my last visit to Italy. I created this biscotti recipe to recapture the flavors of a cookie I bought at a roadside stand during a bike ride. Perfect for the holidays! And naturally gluten free.

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Cassoeula - a hearty braise of pork and cabbage from Lombardia. Perfect to warm up during these cold days!
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Owner and Culinary Director of Italiaoutdoors USA
Employment
  • Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine
    Owner/Culinary Director, 2010 - present
  • Bell Labs
    Member Technical Staff, 1984 - 1995
  • Stout Technologies
    CEO, 1995 - 1997
  • Applied Micro Circuits Corporation
    Solutions Architect, 1997 - 2004
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Currently
Massachusetts, Maine
Previously
Newburyport, MA - Needham, MA - Sugarloaf, ME - St. Davids, PA
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Introduction
Kathy Bechtel is Owner and Culinary Director of Italiaoutdoors, a small guide service that creates unique active (bike, ski, hike) tours in Northern Italy. Kathy is a culinary school graduate, has WSET wine certification, teaches cooking classes in Italian cuisine, and hosts a TV cooking show on WSKI-TV. She is also an avid biker, hiker, and PSIA certified ski instructor on staff at Sugarloaf, ME. Visit her web site at www.italiaoutdoorsfoodandwine.com, and her food and wine blog, www.chefbikeski.com.
Bragging rights
BS Math/Physics and MBA Boston College, MSEE RPI, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Graduate, Validictorian, WSET Wine Certification, Host of TV cooking show on WSKI-TV Sugarloaf, ME. PSIA certified ski instructor
Education
  • Boston College
    Math/Physics/MBA, 1978 - 1991
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    MSEE, 1982 - 1984
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Gratin di Porri – Leek Gratin | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Biscotti di Marroni - Chestnut Biscotti | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Strudel di Funghi - Mushroom Strudel | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Semifreddo di Pesche ed Amaretti - Peach and Amaretti Semifreddo | Itali...
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Caponata Griglia - Grilled Caponata | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Aperol Spritz | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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Pesto di Ortica – Nettle Pesto | Italian Food, Wine, and Travel
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