The Daily Bread

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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Roasted Pumpkin

Roasted Pumpkin

February 11, 2021

What a glorious time of the year when pumpkins are readily available.  So many culinary possibilities with this marvelous gift from nature.  Delicious when roasted, but also mouthwatering when served as a creamed soup, incorporated in a risotto or pasta dish, and even transformed into a stunning dessert.  Today our pumpkins will be sliced into wedges, seasoned to perfection with fresh herbs and spices and roasted in our wood-fired oven. 
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Tuscan Spinach

Tuscan Spinach

February 08, 2021

Simple sautéed spinach in a pan!  Here's a great and easy way to quickly put together a delicious, flavorful and healthy side-dish.  Although in today's stores most ingredients can be found year round, there is just nothing quite like using fresh, seasonal ingredients.  Today two bunches of freshly cut spinach along with thinly sliced garlic and roasted pine nuts will be transformed into a mouthwatering contorno.  
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Farro & Sausage Soup - Zuppa di Farro e Salsiccia

Farro & Sausage Soup - Zuppa di Farro e Salsiccia

January 25, 2021

Today, as the main protagonist of our soup, the ancient power grain called farro will shine in a flavorful dish accompanied by beans and sausage. There is just nothing better than a delicious, warm and healthy soup when the weather gets cold. Let's get started!

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Pizza Dough with Poolish

Pizza Dough with Poolish

January 15, 2021

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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Canederli Tirolesi

Canederli Tirolesi

December 14, 2020

Canederli Tirolesi or Tiroler Knödel, are a traditional Northern Italian dish born from a Cucina Povera, a humble Peasant Kitchen.  As so often is the case, many timeless dishes were created and prepared from a sense of necessity, when nothing was wasted, and all ingredients were resourcefully put to good use.  However humble it may be, it is the simplicity of food that often warms our soul and reminds us of pure comfort food that transports us home.  As in the making of Canederli, basic ingredients such as day old bread, eggs and milk that were always available even in the most humble kitchen, were masterfully put to good use.  Meat on the other hand was added as a luxury when available, and consequently celebrated when present.  Let's rediscover the beauty of humble dishes that will transport us and allow us to appreciate the goodness of the past.  Let's get started! 
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