The Daily Bread

Roasted Red Pepper Soup - Vellutata di Peperoni Rossi

Roasted Red Pepper Soup - Vellutata di Peperoni Rossi

August 06, 2020

Roasted Red Pepper Soup is a delicious, creamed soup quickly prepared in no time at all.  What a pleasure to serve this luxurious, full of intense flavor and incredible depth of color dish.   How wonderful when served either hot or almost cold, and plated with a touch of crème frêche, croutons and a nice drizzle of olive oil.
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Fagiolini di Sant'Anna

Fagiolini di Sant'Anna

August 04, 2020

Fagiolini di Sant'Anna just the way we make them in Tuscany.  Native to this area, these unusually long beans are prepared and enjoyed in many different ways, but are most commonly stewed with fresh tomatoes.  Traditionally prepared and served in the Middle Ages, this native green bean presents itself with not only a very delicious and distinct flavor, but also with an unusual appearance as it is very long, and narrow in size.  Needless to say, because of its length this bean has been called with several names, such as fagiolino serpente (snake bean), fagiolo da metro (meter long green bean), spago (string), or frusta (whip).  The length of these beans can reach up to 50cm, 11"-12" long.  Today we are transforming these Yardlong beans into a delicious side that will leave you incredibly satisfied.  
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Baked Portobello Mushroom Medley

Baked Portobello Mushroom Medley

July 30, 2020

Baked Portobello topped with a medley of Oyster and Maitake mushrooms mixed with herbs and breadcrumbs, is just a simpledelicious vegetarian dish prepared in no time at all.  For the final touch shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano and a generous drizzle of good olive oil make this a perfect and healthy meal any time of the year.  Irresistible when accompanied by slices of crunchy baguette.
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Torrette di Melanzane

Torrette di Melanzane

July 24, 2020

There is nothing quite as refreshing and inviting during the hot summer months as these delicious Torrette di Melanzane prepared with seasonal eggplant from the garden.  Grilled slices of aubergine, fresh, red, plump tomatoes and delicious mozzarella are stacked on top of each other creating a beautiful presentation.  Drizzled with good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, these Torrette are quick to prepare, and most satisfying to eat when accompanied with fresh, crunchy bread.  Don't forget freshly picked basil!  Enjoy!
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Tagliata in the Wood-Fired Oven

Tagliata in the Wood-Fired Oven

July 22, 2020

La Regina della Bistecca - Nothing better than the Florentine "Queen of Steaks" which is grilled inside the wood-fired oven over hot coals, and then transformed into a delicious Tagliata. Undoubtedly Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a true symbol of Florentine cuisine and has become famous and a noble dish throughout fine dining across the entire globe. 
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Red Drum Fish in Salt Crust

Red Drum Fish in Salt Crust

July 17, 2020

Red Drum baked in a Salt Crust, renders a tender, aromatic and most delicious fish, elevated to a whole new level.  Simple and extremely fun, this ancient, insulating salt method dating back to Mongolian cuisine, is a way of cooking fish or chicken by totally covering it up with coarse salt mixed with aromatics such as fresh herbs and lemon zest, finally moistened with egg whites.  Calculations for perfect results are straightforward, as the fish is prepared to perfection in the Fontana Marinara wood-fired Oven.
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Pesto Goat Cheese Pizza Inspired by Gaby

Pesto Goat Cheese Pizza Inspired by Gaby

July 15, 2020

We were inspired by Gaby from What's Gaby Cooking when she made a delicious Herby Goat Cheese Pizza in the Fontana Marinara Wood Fired Oven. It looked SO  incredibly delicious we just had to try it with what we had on hand in our kitchen! Oh my goodness, it did not disappoint!  This pizza is a definite must try with the savory creaminess of the cheese, a hint of sweetness from the balsamic vinegar and the richness of the pesto and sun-dried tomatoes. 
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Raspberry Clafoutis

Raspberry Clafoutis

July 08, 2020

Clafoutis is truly a most delicious and easy French dessert prepared in no time at all.  Sugar, flour, eggs and milk are the basic ingredients.  Once baked, each bite is a mouthwatering experience.  The custardy filling resembles a cross between a flan and a cake.  Rustic yet elegant, creamy and delicious, Clafoutis will definitely become a must have dessert perfect for any occasion. 
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How to Light and Maintain Fire for Pizza

How to Light and Maintain Fire for Pizza

July 01, 2020

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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