Tag: Food Wishes

In Memoriam: William D’Arduini

My uncle Billy passed away a few days ago. He’d been having
health issues over the last few years, but the news still came as a sudden, and
very sad shock. He was one of my earliest inspirations for becoming a chef, and
as many of you know, we filmed several recipes together over the years from his
kitchen in Manchester, NY.

After I left the California Culinary Academy to start Food Wishes, I gave him one
of my chef coats, and whenever I’d visit, he’d be wearing that coat, busily
cooking away, looking every bit the part. He was a barber and hairstylist by
trade, but Uncle Billy could have been a world-class chef. His passion for food,
and for life, was boundless. Running up the stairs from his second, basement
kitchen, carrying a giant pan of food, smiling broadly, talking loudly, wearing
that old, white chef coat, is how I will always remember him.

I can think of no better tribute than to re-post the videos
he was involved in below. In the “Homemades” video, you can actually hear Uncle
Bill helping me with the narration. Of course, in true Food Wishes style, we
only see his hands, but by watching the stylish way he handles the food, it’s
very easy to see that he had a special touch.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to my Aunt Angela
and the rest of the family. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult this is for
them, but hopefully they can take some comfort in knowing just how much pleasure Uncle Billy brought to those around him. Not only did he feed the
party, but he was usually the life of it too. He will be dearly missed.

Rest in peace, Uncle Billy. We loved you, and will continue
to love and remember you through all the amazing dishes you so generously
shared. I know one thing, the food in heaven just got a lot better. Enjoy.

Homemades – Making Pasta with Uncle Bill (read original post here)

Chicken D’Arduini (read original post here)

Arancini – Italian Rice Balls (read original post here)

Back from the Desert,Thirsty for Food Wishes

I’m back from Arizona after a very relaxing week of golfing,
watching baseball, and enjoying gorgeous weather that can best be described as the
exact opposite of San Francisco. Hot and dry with just enough breeze to
carry the smell of grilling hot dogs to my well-lotioned nose. It was great
fun, but I’m ready to get back to business.

I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Anna, who by all
accounts did a masterful job of moderating the blog. I know you guys aren’t
used to prompt, polite, and thoughtful replies to your questions, but I thought you
handled it very well. Stay tuned for a brand new video Monday!

Pumpkin Pancakes – Forget About It!

I was browsing the web for some pumpkin recipe ideas, when
came across this lovely looking stack of pancakes. I clicked the image link
to see who was responsible for such sexy seasonality, and as I watched some
blog called “Food Wishes” load, I realized I’d clicked on one of my
own recipes. 

I guess after doing over 750 videos I’m allowed to forget about
one once in a while. Besides, the beautiful photography threw me off.

Anyway, I figured it was the universe’s way of telling me to
repost it, since it’s the perfect time of year to give those flapjacks a
pumpkin makeover. You can get the ingredients, and read the original post here.

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