The Daily Bread

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. 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. 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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Pork Wellington

Pork Wellington

April 29, 2020

Pork Wellington with our personal twist on today's menu.  Simple, delicious and put together in no time at all.  What a pleasant surprise and treasure we found when looking through the freezer. A package of frozen sheets of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry, as well as a small pork tenderloin.  Why not make an elegant and delicious Pork Wellington with ingredients present in the kitchen?  Neither mushrooms or Prosciutto Crudo available, but cooking is in art and one is free be creative and substitute with ingredients at hand.  Substitute pork with chicken or veal, and voilà, a mouthwatering dish with a stunning presentation is ready in no time at alI.  This simple dish will most certainly become a favorite in any kitchen. 
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Cavatelli

Cavatelli

April 24, 2020

Cavatelli are a traditional Southern Italian pasta shape typical to the regions of Molise and Puglia.  Pasta Fatta in Casa, or homemade pasta is simply prepared with farina di semola rimacinata - twice milled durum wheat, best known in the US as semolina flour, water and a little salt.  Each tiny morsel of pure goodness is quickly shaped by hand.  So easy and satisfying to prepare around the kitchen table with lots of helpers, and delicious to eat served with a variety of sauces.  
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Plum Galette with Puff Pastry

Plum Galette with Puff Pastry

April 22, 2020

Plum Galette baked in Puff Pastry makes a gorgeous dessert sure to impress any guest.  Thinly sliced plums elegantly fanned out and placed over a delicious cream cheese spread, are then wrapped in puff pastry, creating a mouthwatering and beautiful dessert easily prepared in no time at all.  
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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

April 15, 2020

Lentil Soup is definitely a classic dish in our home.  As a staple in Italian cuisine, and of the Cucina Povera, (poor man's food or peasant food) - lentils are not only a delicious legume, but also rich in fiber, protein and a good source of iron.  These very small legumes can easily be kept in the pantry and then be transformed into either a delicious soup, side dish, cold salad or even into small, fried patties.  With just a few ingredients these small lentils are quickly made into a perfect comfort dish.  
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