The Daily Bread

Rigatoni with Leeks and Sausage

Rigatoni with Leeks and Sausage

January 09, 2020

Rigatoni with Leeks and Sausage are one of those unforgettable comfort foods that simply remind me of cherished moments, surrounded by family and friends while eating together around the kitchen table.  Although extremely simple in its preparation, this rustic pasta dish consists of a perfect marriage of leeks and sausage served over some rigatoni.  This simple pasta dish will certainly make its way back over and over again as a loved family meal.  Let's get started!
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Galette des Rois - King Cake

Galette des Rois - King Cake

January 07, 2020

This 700 year old tradition warrants for a trinket (traditionally a fève or fava bean, or more recently a ceramic surprise) to be hidden inside the creamy almond filling, which is then covered in puff pastry resulting in a light, flaky crust which is finally brushed with a simple Rum syrup.  The lucky person who finds the trinket in his or her slice will be then crowned Queen or King for the day and will get to wear a golden crown.  How wonderful to discover the traditions of different cultures.  Galette des Rois is definitely a perfect dessert to add to the repertoire of any kitchen.  Let's get started!

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Crema Pasticcera

Crema Pasticcera

January 07, 2020

Crema Pasticcera is a very delicious, simple and versatile pastry cream commonly used as the most basic base for many Italian desserts.  As the most classic pastry cream, crema pasticcera pairs well with many baked goods.  It can also be enjoyed just as is, served with poached fruits or accompanied as a filling for bignès, tarts, pastries, or as a filling for doughnuts. These are just a few examples, but the possibilities are many.  Undoubtedly it will become a most loved recipe in any kitchen.
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Ciabatta with Poolish

Ciabatta with Poolish

January 03, 2020

Ciabatta prepared with a Poolish as a pre-ferment, is definitely THE BREAD that must be added to the baking repertoire of every kitchen.  Rustic in appearance, but purely delicious in flavor, this airy, light bread presents itself with a crunchy exterior crust and a mouthwatering, chewy and delicate crumb.  Ciabatta dough can be challenging to make at first because it is super hydrated, and a bit intimidating for beginners. 

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Shortbread Sugar Cookies

Shortbread Sugar Cookies

December 23, 2019

Mouthwatering, buttery and perfectly baked cookies are always a treat for any occasion.  With just a few ingredients these shortbread sugar cookies made from a simple pâte sablée will come together in no time at all.  Rolled in sanding sugar and baked to perfection in the wood-fired oven they will be amazing when dipped in a cold, tall glass of milk, or elegantly served with hot tea or freshly brewed coffee. 
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Shortbread Pastry Dough - Pâte Sablée

Shortbread Pastry Dough - Pâte Sablée

December 23, 2019

Pâte Sablée or Shortbread Pastry is a very simple and basic pastry dough perfect for any tarts as well as mouthwatering cookies. Just a few ingredients are necessary to create a crisp, perfectly buttery and delicious product.  Mostly consisting of butter this delectable dough is quickly prepared with the help of a  stand mixer, or simply put together with your hands.  Pâte Sablée will definitely become a favorite and will satisfy any palate no matter what the shape or filling.  
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Portuguese Soup

Portuguese Soup

December 13, 2019

Nothing is quite as comforting as a hearty and spicy soup during the cold winter months.  Portuguese Soup is most definitely a favorite in our home.  Chunks of good sausage stewed with cabbage, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and specked with dark kidney beans, creates a delicious  combination for a perfect winter soup.  Accompanied by warm cornbread spread with butter, this dish will most certainly become a most-loved comfort food during the frigid months.  Let's get started! 
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A Simple Pizza Dough Recipe

A Simple Pizza Dough Recipe

December 11, 2019

There are many ways to prepare pizza dough. This recipe is one of our more simpler methods making it an ideal dough recipe for anyone who is new to cooking pizza in a wood-fired pizza oven. You will need flour, water, commercial yeast, & salt to get going. Let’s get started!

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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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