The Daily Bread

How to Elegantly Shape Nonna Verena's Butterzopf

How to Elegantly Shape Nonna Verena's Butterzopf

December 04, 2019

Butterzopf or Bärner Züpfe is the traditional, brioche-like Swiss Sunday Bread that is characterized by a shiny, golden surface and a delicious buttery, soft crumb.  Nothing quite evokes warm, wonderful childhood memories as this rich, festive bread.  The process is incredibly therapeutic and very satisfying as the dough comes together.  Traditionally Züpfe is made by simply crossing and twisting two long strands, but today we will demonstrate that by paying attention to just a little extra detail, we will create an even more beautiful and elegant masterpiece.   Let's get started!
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Nonna Verena's Butterzopf - Bärner Züpfe

Nonna Verena's Butterzopf - Bärner Züpfe

December 03, 2019

Butterzopf or Bärner Züpfe is the traditional, brioche like Sunday bread proudly made and loved by most people in Switzerland.  Rich and buttery, this soft bread will certainly become one of your favorites to serve on special occasions. Just as my mom - Nonna Verena - learned to make it from my Swiss grandmother, she in turn has also passed down the tradition of making this delicious Swiss Sunday Bread to me and my four siblings. How exciting and satisfying it is to now teach the same to our own six kids as the tradition continues to pass to the next generation.
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Cayenne Pepper Paste

Cayenne Pepper Paste

November 14, 2019

Cayenne pepper paste is a delicious, yet simple way to spice up any dish.  When the hot peppers are abundant or the harvest is plentiful, cayenne pepper paste is just one way to preserve this delicious and spicy gift of nature.  Here is a staple we keep in our kitchen.  Let's get started! 
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Sara's Apple Crisp

Sara's Apple Crisp

November 06, 2019

Packed with mouthwatering slices of fresh apples, and topped with a crispy oatmeal crumble, this delicious Apple Crisp will be a perfect way not only to fill your home with a heavenly aroma of spices, but it will also be the easiest dessert to put together in no time at all. Topped with dollops of ice cream, this apple crisp will certainly become one of your favorite desserts to prepare and serve in the winter and holiday months.  Let's get started!
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Drunken Poached Pears

Drunken Poached Pears

November 04, 2019

Drunken Poached Pears are an elegant and mouthwatering dessert perfect to serve during the colder months of the year.  Simple ingredients such as wine, sugar and spices combined with a decadent reduction, make this a perfect dessert served either warm or cold.
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Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño Poppers

October 30, 2019

Hot and spicy Jalapeño Poppers stuffed with cream cheese and sausage are the hit appetizer for any occasion.  These hot little guys are simple to make, incredibly flavorful and glorious to eat.  Don't let the jalapeños scare you as the cream will definitely tone down the intensity of the heat and these small bites of intense goodness will certainly become a go-to recipe for years to come.  For a vegetarian version these little morsels are delicious even by omitting the sausage.  Let's get started!
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Rissotto with Butternut Squash, Sausage and Pears

Rissotto with Butternut Squash, Sausage and Pears

October 25, 2019

Creamy risotto accompanied by caramelized butternut squash, sausage and pear is a delicious primo perfect for cooler fall weather days.  Roast and caramelize all ingredients in the wood-fired oven, and finally combine everything into a perfect and delicious symphony of flavors.  Risotto is such a marvelous dish resembling a perfectly white canvas on which one's imagination and culinary possibilities can be absolutely unleashed to create countless and delicious dishes to satisfy any palate. 
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Crostini with White Truffles and Mushrooms

Crostini with White Truffles and Mushrooms

October 23, 2019

Mushrooms are such a glorious and versatile gift of nature. Here is just one of the many ways to prepare them. CROSTINI topped with roasted mushrooms and spread over a creamy truffle and cream cheese paste, are a mouthwatering appetizer perfect for any occasion when baked in a wood-fired oven. Simple to make and perfect to prep ahead of time. 
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Fennel and Orange Salad with Toasted Almonds

Fennel and Orange Salad with Toasted Almonds

October 11, 2019

Fennel and orange salad is a popular Sicilian dish loved throughout Italy. Quickly put together, this delicious, refreshing vegetarian and vegan salad is not only a dish filled with flavor and textures, but also a great boost of vitamin C.  Drizzled with excellent extra virgin olive oil this delicious salad will certainly become a favorite to serve especially during the season when fennel and oranges are in season. Let's get started!
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Penne alla Fiesolana with Peas

Penne alla Fiesolana with Peas

October 09, 2019

Today we will make Penne alla Fiesolana. Pasta is such a glorious food.  It truly is like a perfectly blank canvas from which you can create an infinite variety of delicious dishes.  Penne alla Fiesolana is just one of the many ways you can transform a simple pasta into a mouthwatering dish.  Combining cooked ham, heavy cream, some peas and Parmigiano Reggiano and voilà, you have a simple yet delicious primo prepared in no time at all.  No doubt it will become a family favorite. Let's get started.
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Orecchiette with Cherry Tomatoes and Ricotta

Orecchiette with Cherry Tomatoes and Ricotta

October 07, 2019

Orecchiette with roasted cherry tomatoes and dollops of fresh ricotta are a delicious and easy vegetarian primo quickly prepared in no time at all.  This Italian dish, typical to the region of Puglia, is known to be made by grandmas, aunts and women of all ages sitting around the kitchen table shaping one by one these iconic orecchiette - little ears, from a simple pasta di semola. How wonderful to celebrate family and be able to enjoy a deep sense of community when women and children gather together to do life as they prepare delicious comfort food for their loved ones.  Not only does it feed the belly but most importantly it feeds the soul to sit together, listen to each other, laugh and share life while passing the tradition on to the next generation. 
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Orecchiette with Truffles and Mushrooms

Orecchiette with Truffles and Mushrooms

October 02, 2019

Orecchiette with Truffles and mushrooms are definitely a winner for just about any occasion. Easy and quick to prepare and absolutely delicious. Just a few simple ingredients and you have a primo fit for a king. Sliced mushrooms, garlic and a little heat, coupled with black truffles and mushrooms by Urbani Truffles and a little heavy whipping cream, and there you have it. Unbelievably delicious and prepared in no time at all. Let's get started.

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