Memphis: Team Jeg's Chef recipe of the week

JEGS Chef Nicky Morse Recipe of the Week (19 of 23) - Memphis, TN Pasta Piselle via "The Patio" Team JEGS chef Nicky Morse has prepared meals for royalty, distinguished diplomats, and Ohio's ultra wealthy at the only four-star restaurant ...

JEGS Chef Nicky Morse Recipe of the Week (19 of 23) - Memphis, TN

Pasta Piselle via "The Patio"

Team JEGS chef Nicky Morse has prepared meals for royalty, distinguished diplomats, and Ohio's ultra wealthy at the only four-star restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. He's cooked for country music's brightest stars as part of the support crew for CMT's "Showcase" program. He's mentored young apprentices at Ohio State University, and worked elbow-to-elbow with Wolfgang Puck to raise money for cancer research.

Now motorsport's most decorated chef will be opening his personal cookbook to race fans and members of the media by featuring one of his own creations each week of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Complete with step-by-step instructions, Morse will divulge a complete recipe on teamjegs.com and NHRA.com that will allow budding cooks a chance to create a masterpiece of their own at home.

Pasta Piselli via "The Patio"
(4-6 Portions)

We really did not have much growing up, but I still feel like I was spoiled because we had some of the best food that you could imagine. My Great Grandparents were very hard workers. They had a very large garden full of vegetables. Their nine children and all my cousins would come home in the summers to help with the canning process. I could not wait because every night was a new creation from the kitchen. Some times we would eat inside, and sometimes we would eat outside on "The Patio".

To me, "The Patio" in the title of this recipe, is a world renowned culinary school. It is a stomping ground for great meetings of the minds. It is a wonderful-loving environment to raise children. It is a place where the finest people I know came from. And, it is one of the best memories that I will carry with me the rest of my life. To others it is just a dispensable small slab of concrete attached to an old garage owned by some poor immigrants.

The recipe for this week is not full of fancy ingredients, nor is it difficult to make. But, it is full of love because it comes from "The Patio".

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