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How to Light and Maintain Fire for Pizza

How to Light and Maintain Fire for Pizza

July 01, 2020

How to start and maintain a fire in the Fontana wood-fired oven.

Lighting the Fontana wood-fired oven, is a simple task that needs some initial, careful attention to specific fundamentals.  These basic steps will definitely become second nature as time goes by.  Pizza magic and success will be a regular occurrence in the comfort of the backyard kitchen, and will naturally become a wonderful way to build community with family and friends.

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Pizza Dough with Poolish

Pizza Dough with Poolish

June 25, 2020

Pizza Dough with Poolish is an easy way to create not only a much deeper flavor profile, but also improved texture, better extensibility and structure.  This sponge like pre-ferment is a great way to reduce the yeast by half, thus making it more digestible.  Incorporating the poolish, one will gain flavor and aroma while minimizing any acidic undertones usually present with natural leavening methods.  So delicious! 
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Crème Caramel

Crème Caramel

June 22, 2020

Crème Caramel, also known as Flan, is probably one of the most luscious, classic desserts loved and served all around the world.  Simple ingredients are necessary to create this delicate, creamy, velvety dish fit for a king.  Perfect when prepared ahead of time, as it is even more delicious when fully cooled and served the following day. 
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Millefoglie with Cream and Fruit

Millefoglie with Cream and Fruit

June 15, 2020

Millefoglie sheets layered with Italian Crema Pasticcera cream and sliced fresh fruit, are a perfect dessert to put together in no time at all.  The advantage of this dessert is that most of the steps can be prepared ahead of time.  By combining sweet baked puff pastry, crema pasticcera and layered fresh fruit, you can easily create a beautiful dessert in no time at all.  This elegant dessert is definitely a show stopper.  
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Beer Pizza Dough

Beer Pizza Dough

June 09, 2020

Inspired by one of our favorite Pizzerias in Tuscany, we introduce a delicious pizza dough made with a splash of beer.  Simple, and straight forward, this dough is easily prepared in no time at all.  Pizza in Tuscany is known by its thinner, crispier crust and this lower hydrated dough is absolutely perfect to accomplish just this.

We have chosen to enrich this dough by adding a small amount of rich goodness derived from a flour that has not been stripped of its most nutritious parts, such as wheatgerm and bran.  Molino Denti has perfected the process of separating and extracting the wheatgerm and bran which are then dried at very low temperatures, thus eliminating excess humidity.  They are then introduced back into the flour creating delicious and rich undertones of flavor and pure health.  Let's get started!

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Lasagna with Asparagus

Lasagna with Asparagus

May 28, 2020

Although lasagna has its original birth in the region of Emilia Romagna, it has certainly become one of the classic, international symbols of the Mediterranean peninsula called Italy.  This dish has evolved from the classic Lasagne alla Bolognese layered with a luscious bechamel, into limitless variations and possibilities.  From vegetarian, to rich meat based sauces, this dish is now loved around the entire globe.  Lasagna sheets can of course be made from scratch, but when you are in the mood for this delicious classic, nothing is easier and quicker than the Oven Ready Lasagne sheets made by the Italian company Barilla. (not sponsored).  As no boiling of the Oven Ready Lasagne sheets is necessary, the task of preparation will be minimized to a quick assembly.  This recipe was developed by our friend, and Executive Chef for Barilla USA.  Make sure to follow him on Instagram for countless pasta recipes.  Let's get started!

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Bomboloni with Brioche Dough

Bomboloni with Brioche Dough

May 22, 2020

Bomboloni with Brioche Dough are definitely a treat to indulge in on special occasions.  Flour is mixed with eggs and large amounts of butter resulting in a dough that brings the Bomboloni to a whole new level.  Eaten plain or paired with the filing of your choosing, this sweet treat will surely become a family favorite.  
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Brioche Dough

Brioche Dough

May 21, 2020

Brioche dough is a decadent, enriched dough created by patiently working together strong bread flour mixed with large amounts of butter and eggs.  The possibilities with this rich French dough are so many as it can be transformed into a great variety of delicious recipes.  Although brioche is a very versatile yeast dough, it is in fact a bread rather than a pastry.  As such, it could be easily argued that the result isn't just any average bread, but a true, delicate pastry.  Let's get started!
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Brioche with Brie, Honey and Thyme

Brioche with Brie, Honey and Thyme

May 13, 2020

Brie Cheese nestled inside a soft blanket of brioche dough, becomes a decadent treat sure to surprise any guest.  Baked in the wood-fired oven this beautiful dish is completed with sprigs of fresh thyme as well as a generous drizzle of local honey.  What a perfect treat as everyone sits around the table enjoying pure goodness of baked brioche accompanied by perfectly warm cheese dripping from each morsel.  Definitely one of those dishes worth making over and over again.  Let's get started!
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Fried Polenta Crostini with Cavolo Nero

Fried Polenta Crostini with Cavolo Nero

May 08, 2020

Fried Polenta Crostini are a wonderful appetizer for any occasion.  Not only can they be delicious plain, simply sprinkled with some salt, but they are delicious when served with all kinds of different toppings.  Today Cavolo Nero and shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano was definitely the winner antipasto.  Simple to make, delicious, and always perfect to serve for any occasion.  Let's get started!
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Roasted Chicken with Potatoes

Roasted Chicken with Potatoes

May 07, 2020

What better dish than a beautifully roasted chicken accompanied by golden wedges of mouthwatering potatoes all prepared to perfection in the wood-fired oven?  Rubbed with fresh herbs, marinated with fresh lemon juice overnight, and finally roasted with the heat of the wood-fired oven, this chicken will be tender, juicy and full of rich flavor.  The roasted wedges of potatoes cooked directly in the reduction in the pan, will create a dish that will certainly be a hit for any gathering with friends and family.  Let's get started!
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Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

May 01, 2020

Salsa verde, a very typical condiment in Italian cuisine, is a perfect accompaniment to LESSO or BOLLITO which is simply meat that has been boiled. Mainly prepared with flat leaf parsley, capers, eggs (we substituted with pine nuts), bread and anchovies, and drizzled with good olive oil, this vibrant sauce will add an extra kick to so many dishes.  Salsa verde will perfectly bring fish to a totally new level, as well as tossed in pasta, spread over crostini, and a perfect and delicious base for a sandwich.  Let's get started!
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