The Daily Bread

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

August 31, 2021

Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and a quick drizzle of good olive oil. Few and simple are the ingredients, but the Pizza Margherita is to this day the most loved.  Many claim to know the true birth of this iconic Pizza, but one version claims that in the summer of 1889, when the King of Italy, Umberto I of Savoia and his wife Queen Margherita of Savoia came to visit Naples, Chef Raffaele Esposito dedicated this special pizza to her.  He chose the colors of the Italian flag by topping the flat bread with red tomato sauce, white mozzarella, and green basil leaves and called it Margherita.  Could this possibly be the most plausible beginning of the humble Pizza Margherita?  Who knows!  Let's get started!  
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Couronne Bordelaise Bread

Couronne Bordelaise Bread

August 27, 2021

Bread in the shape of a stunning crown is just one of many creative ways to express not only a baker's signature, but also a culture's traditions.  The ancient art of bread making is once again so uniquely evidenced with simple steps of shaping, and molding this stunning French bread called Couronne Bordelaise.  Definitely a beautiful and delicious showstopper to serve at any occasion or  meal.  Let's get started! 
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Potato Crusted Red Drum Fish

Potato Crusted Red Drum Fish

August 24, 2021

Potato Crusted Red Drum is definitely a most delicious way to prepare a mouthwatering main course in no time at all.  Inspired by Chef Jacques Pépin we decided to adapt the dish with what we had on hand, and put together this very simple yet delicious dish.  Let's get started!  Thank you Chef.  You always inspire us.  
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Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

August 10, 2021

When the summer months generously gift the markets with fresh, juicy, full of flavor peaches, it is always a perfect time to make a delicious Peach Cobbler.  My husband is known for throwing this dish together in no time at all.  The cobbler is then placed in the oven where the magic of this delicious dessert is perfectly done.  What a glorious moment when the cobbler is finally pulled out of the oven as the aroma permeates the kitchen.  For a finishing touch a round scoop of ice-cream is placed on each serving as the symphony of flavors explode with every bite.  Let's get started!
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Rosemary Croutons

Rosemary Croutons

August 05, 2021

Oven toasted Croutons are one of the most addictive small morsels of goodness, simply prepared in no time at all.  These tiny and perfectly toasted cubes will bring any creamed soup or salad to a totally and delicious new level.  All that is needed is day old bread, oil and salt!  Why waist leftover bread just because it is no longer perfectly fresh?  So much can be done with it!  Today it will be croutons, but also Pappa al Pomodoro, Panzanella, bread crumbs, bread pudding and so much more.  Waisting bread is no longer necessary!  Today it will be croutons prepared to perfection in the pizza oven.  Let's get started!
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Spicy Boiled Peanuts

Spicy Boiled Peanuts

August 04, 2021

Spicy Boiled Peanuts are a must to prepare when one finds a stand at the market with perfectly fresh, green peanuts.  We simply placed them in a terra-cotta pot, seasoned them with Cajun spices, added some heat from cayenne peppers, and sea salt.  After several hours of gentle simmering inside the wood-fired oven, the most delicious, soft and flavorful boiled peanuts were ready to be enjoyed by the entire family.  Let's get started! 
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Creamed Zucchini Soup

Creamed Zucchini Soup

July 30, 2021

Creamed Zucchini Soup, or in Italian Vellutata di Zucchini, is a perfect way to transform a humble and overgrown zucchini into a delicious and velvety, creamy soup.  This is just one simple way to make some culinary magic in the wood-fired oven with this versatile vegetable during the summer months.  Let's get started!  
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Fish Patties - Polpette di Pesce

Fish Patties - Polpette di Pesce

July 28, 2021

Fish patties are a simple and quick way to prepare mouthwatering morsels of goodness when fresh fish is available.  How satisfying to catch a beautiful Red Drum and then immediately prepare the fillets with fresh aromatics and elevate the patties to a whole new level of goodness when baked directly in the wood-fired oven.  Let's get started!
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Fig Risotto with Camembert & Speck

Fig Risotto with Camembert & Speck

July 21, 2021

While enjoying dinner outdoors during the warm summer months, we picked plump, sweet figs from our tree, and decided to make a delicious fig risotto inside the gas Pizza Oven.  The result was a perfect symphony of flavors when Camembert, figs, toasted walnuts and crispy prosciutto were magically united.  The secret to a perfect risotto is what in Italian we call "MANTECARE".  The starch of the rice is vigorously mixed with a cold fat right at the very end of preparing this iconic Italian dish, which results into a perfectly creamy experience.  Let's get started!
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Decadent Grilled Peaches

Decadent Grilled Peaches

July 16, 2021

Summer months offer one of our very favorite fruits.  With their juicy and intense flavor, they are not only delicious when picked and savored directly from the tree, but become a magical culinary symphony for the senses when grilled on a hot griddle.  The sear marks are beautiful for the eye and the heat of the oven brings the intense peach flavor to an entirely new level.  Served with vanilla ice cream, this dish will certainly make its way back to your kitchen table over and over again.  Let's get started!
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Zoë's Blueberry Muffins

Zoë's Blueberry Muffins

July 13, 2021

Our dear friend Zoë is a baking wizard and makes the most incredible baked goods.  Today we decided to bake her deliciously moist and equally crumbly blueberry muffins.  This recipe is to die for!  We followed her instructions step by step and baked in the Gusto wood-fired oven and the result was incredible!  Run, don't walk to her RECIPE!! 
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Pear and Ricotta Crostata

Pear and Ricotta Crostata

July 09, 2021

When pears are in season, in no time at all one can easily prepare this decadent, and delicious tart.  In a tart shell the fanned out pears are laid and nestled in a creamy ricotta base, covered with sliced almonds and baked to perfection in the wood-fired oven.  Let's get started!
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