The Daily Bread

Cornetti di Pan Brioche

Cornetti di Pan Brioche

April 27, 2021

Cornetti di pan brioche are a traditional, wonderful Italian sweet pastry enjoyed year round while sipping a cappuccino or an espresso at a local café.  Cornetti, or also simply called brioche, are often filled with crema pasticcera, preserves, whipping cream or even Nutella.  Loved by old and young in Italy, this light, delicious pastry is widely loved as croissants are in France.  Let's get started!
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Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

April 23, 2021

At times it is so wonderful when life offers something a bit indulgent just to brighten the day.  Although prepared on rare occasions, brioche cinnamon rolls are definitely a fluffy and delectable treat that makes life just a little extra sweet.  Soft layers of brioche dough rolled with butter and cinnamon sugar are baked in a wood-fired oven just like our grandmothers used to do.  Let's get started!
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Fougasse

Fougasse

April 15, 2021

Fougasse is the stunning staple flat bread from the French Provence.  What an experience to bite into a crunchy, crisp crust only to discover a soft, chewy crumb.  Could it possibly be the cousin of the iconic Italian focaccia?  Although usually prepared with the addition of dried herbs, olives, sometimes cheese and lardon (bacon), today we will make a very simple, basic version on which to build on later.  Let's get started!
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Pizza with Pasta di Riporto

Pizza with Pasta di Riporto

April 12, 2021

There are countless ways to prepare a good pizza.  Today's pizza is made with pasta di riporto, which is simply an ancient Italian way to use leftover dough from a recent bake in order to leaven the dough.  The result will be a pizza that needs less yeast, and with much greater depth of flavor.  Let's get started!
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Pizza Dough with Pasta di Riporto

Pizza Dough with Pasta di Riporto

April 08, 2021

There are countless ways to prepare dough for pizza.  Different hydration levels, varied combinations of flours, leavening methods and resting times.  One very ancient Italian way to leaven dough is to use Pasta di Riporto, which is a portion of old dough from a previous bake.  Not only will this result into a dough that needs less yeast to ferment, but amongst other benefits it will also develop a final product with a much greater depth of flavor.  Let's get started! 
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Savory Ham & Chive Puff Pastry

Savory Ham & Chive Puff Pastry

April 01, 2021

What better way to make a breakfast, brunch or even an appetizer when serving these flaky, savory cream cheese and ham pastries.  These morsels of goodness come together in no time at all and are always a welcome surprise when served straight from the oven.  Let's get started!
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Carciofi in Umido con Pomodoro - Artichokes with Tomatoes

Carciofi in Umido con Pomodoro - Artichokes with Tomatoes

March 25, 2021

Served raw or cooked, hot or cold artichokes are always a culinary winner around our kitchen table.  There are countless ways to prepare this amazing wonder of nature, and here is just one of many.  Today's artichokes will be cut into wedges, first stewed, then roasted in the wood-fired oven accompanied by fresh herbs and a delicious tomato reduction.  Although not an easy vegetable to prepare, the end result is definitely worth the effort.  This native Mediterranean plant/vegetable is known for its tender, delicious heart, but when prepared correctly even the edible part of the leaf, located at the base of each petal can also be enjoyed.  Simply place each artichoke petal between slightly clenched teeth and gently pull out as the tender meat will be stripped off and fully enjoyed.
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Crostini Salsiccia e Crescenza

Crostini Salsiccia e Crescenza

March 19, 2021

Crostini are most certainly the Tuscan appetizer par excellence, always present not only on a menu when dining out, but also when guests are invited for a meal.  Served as a perfect antipasto while waiting for the meal to begin, these delicious morsels of goodness have limitless possibilities.  Born from the necessity to use even the last bit of bread so nothing was waisted, crostini  are today made with toppings of all kinds.  Normally these crostini are made with a mixture of fresh sausage and soft Stracchino cheese, but since Crescenza is what we had on hand, we will merry the meat with this soft cheese. 
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Rigatoni with Cavolo Nero

Rigatoni with Cavolo Nero

March 05, 2021

Struggling with what to cook for the next meal?  Pasta is always a glorious go-to.  Think of it as a white canvas on which to create anything your imagination allows.  Today the king of the dish will be Cavolo Nero, a loose leafed cabbage, or kale typical to Tuscany.  Ready to prepare a simple, quick yet very delicious pasta dish with this wonderful power green?  Let's get started!   
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Roasted Fennel and Oranges - Finocchio Arrosto con Arance

Roasted Fennel and Oranges - Finocchio Arrosto con Arance

March 04, 2021

Want a quick and delicious side dish?  Wedges of fennel topped with thinly sliced oranges becomes a dish filled with a beautiful symphony of flavors when roasted to perfection in the wood-fired oven.  Although absolutely delicious when eaten raw, fennel can be brought to a whole new level when roasted.  Rediscover this wonderful white bulb that has an undertone of a slight hint of liquorish and give it a fair shot in your kitchen.  Let's get started! 
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Baguette

Baguette

March 01, 2021

A crunchy baguette is definitely one of the most delicious, fun and versatile breads to make, but also one of the most challenging.  What could be so difficult when combining simple ingredients such as flour, water, salt and yeast?  Although a good baguette requires a two day process and close attention to detailed steps, it is well worth making.  Still learning so much.  Let's get started!
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Spaghetti with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Spaghetti with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

February 24, 2021

What would life be like for our large family without some type of pasta served around our kitchen table?  Inexpensive, simple and quick to prepare, pasta has always been a go to for us.  Spaghetti tossed with slow roasted cherry tomatoes are just one of the most flavorful dishes we like to prepare.  Not only are these cherry tomatoes delicious when served alone, but so incredibly good when tossed with spaghetti.  Each morsel is filled with a mouthwatering, intense flavor that results from the caramelization created by this slow roasting process.  Truly an intense symphony of flavors.  Spaghetti with roasted cherry tomatoes is such a colorful, simply beautiful, yet delicious comfort food that our entire family enjoys!  Tossed with fresh basil leaves, drizzled with good olive oil, and topped with burrata, this dish will certainly become a frequent go-to for your family as well.  What great presentation when served in this gorgeous bowl created by Teri Turner at @nocrumbsleft.  Make sure to check out her beautiful pottery.  Let's get started!
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