The Daily Bread

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock

December 04, 2020

Although there are some differences between STOCK and BROTH, we decided that today's delicious golden liquid must be a stock.  Why is that?  STOCK is prepared by placing the bones of either chicken, beef, pork or fish in a large pot of water as everything gently simmers for many hours.  BROTH on the other hand is usually the result of meat (not bones) such as chicken, pork, beef or fish which is simmered for about 1-2 hours. Both stock and broth are cooked by the addition of ODORI, mirepoix, which consist of onions, celery, carrots and some other herbs.  We decided that what we made today, must be more of a STOCK since the bones of the entire chicken are simmered with the mirepoix.  The result is a delicious, rich, dark liquid of goodness which presented itself with a gelatinous consistency when taken out of the refrigerator.  
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Southern Biscuits

Southern Biscuits

December 01, 2020

Hot biscuits are definitely a special southern treat and here is a wonderful recipe shared by our dear, southern friend Dee.  She prepares the dough and allows the flavors to improve by keeping it in the refrigerator even up to 5 days.   When needed, she simply pulls out the amount needed and in no time at all bakes these amazing and delicious buttery biscuits that will satisfy any palate.  Today it was our turn as we rolled the dough out, shaped them, and tucked them in a cast-iron skillet.  What a treat seeing the magic happen when we finally baked them in our wood-fired oven. Let's get started!   
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Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

November 25, 2020

Beautifully caramelized in brown sugar and butter, these glazed carrots are an easy way to bring this humble root vegetable to a festive and delicious new level.  For a simple go-to side dish these mouthwatering carrots are just the right recipe.  Let's get started!
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Tuscan Venison Roast - Arrosto di Capriolo

Tuscan Venison Roast - Arrosto di Capriolo

November 23, 2020

Though there are several steps required to prepare this Tuscan Venison Roast, the delicious result is totally worth the wait.  Following is the recipe shared with us by our dear Italian friend Patrizia who skillfully prepares the meat her husband brings home from a successful hunt.  The loin is soaked in milk, then rubbed in fresh herbs and cooked in wine.  The result is a delicious spread of thinly cut slices covered in the mouthwatering reduction.  Let's get started!
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Tortino ai Funghi

Tortino ai Funghi

November 20, 2020

Tortino ai Funghi is a delicate and simple meal prepared in no time at all.  A medley of sautéed mushrooms accompanied by garlic and parsley are quickly prepared inside the oven.  The magic touch happens when the mushrooms are finally framed with a mixture of very fresh beaten eggs which quickly transform into an airy soufflé.  Let's get started!
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Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

November 12, 2020

Nothing beats a warm plate of soup especially when the weather gets colder.  Who would not welcome a hot plate of this creamed, roasted cherry tomato goodness?  Caramelized to perfection inside the wood-fired oven, these sweet cherry tomatoes are easily and quickly transformed into the silkiest, smoothest and full of flavor bisque like soup.  No need to wait any longer, so let's get started!
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Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

November 10, 2020

Candied pecans are not only a delicious and easy snack to prepare for the holidays, but also a wonderful gift to give to friends and family to enjoy.  With just a few ingredients, and the addition of a little bourbon or whiskey, the best treat is ready in no time at all.  Our pecan tree was incredibly generous this year and what a great occasion it gives us to sit around the table to shell them as we enjoy spending time together.  How satisfying to use these gifts of nature to create so many different recipes.  For now, we will simply make some delectable Candied Pecans.  Let's get started!
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Creamed Leek and Potato Soup - Vellutata di Porri e Patate

Creamed Leek and Potato Soup - Vellutata di Porri e Patate

October 30, 2020

Creamed Leek and Potato Soup is a perfect, delicate dish to serve at any occasion as the cooler months of the year approach.  Not only delicious and easy to prepare, but also incredibly velvety in texture.  To satisfy hungry mouths simply combine diced potatoes and leeks and serve with crunchy homemade croutons and crisp bacon.  For a perfectly delicious vegetarian dish simply omit the bacon.  Let's get started!
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Roasted Long Italian Sweet Peppers

Roasted Long Italian Sweet Peppers

October 20, 2020

Sweet, long Italian peppers are a delicious gift the summer offers each year.  There are so many ways to prepare them, and making these peppers is always a great accompaniment to any meal.  Picked when perfectly red or even when still green, they are ready to serve in no time at all when roasted in a hot oven.  Today we chose to roast them with plump cherry tomatoes, garlic, and small anchovy fillets tucked inside each one.  If anchovies are not desired they can be easily omitted.  Let's get started!  
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Spaghetti With Brussels Sprouts And Bacon

Spaghetti With Brussels Sprouts And Bacon

October 14, 2020

Oh the infinite beauty of pasta!  Think of a perfect white canvas that can be transformed into countless dishes with unimaginable possibilities.  Today the white canvas is made with deliciously roasted and caramelized Brussels Sprouts accompanied by a symphony of flavors from the bacon, as well as a kick of heat from thinly sliced cayenne peppers.  Finished off with generous dusting of Parmigiano and a good drizzle of olive oil, this dish will be one for the books.  Let's get started!
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Schiacciata all'Uva - Grape Focaccia

Schiacciata all'Uva - Grape Focaccia

September 30, 2020

Born in the farmhouse kitchens surrounding the vineyards of Tuscany, Schiacciata all'Uva has been and continues to be one of the iconic flavors of autumn throughout this breathtaking region. As each Fall season approaches, like a predictable clock, the farmers are busy harvesting the grapes for wine season.    Tasting and enjoying the essence of our beloved homeland has never been easier than with the preparation of this simple and rustic flat bread called Schiacciata all'Uva.
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POMAROLA - Simple Tomato Sauce

POMAROLA - Simple Tomato Sauce

September 22, 2020

Pomarola is so simple and quick to make that by the time the water comes to a rolling boil for cooking the pasta, the Pomarola is ready. That easy!!!  Perfect for a quick spaghettata with friends or when nothing else comes to mind to prepare.  This simple tomato sauce is so versatile and can be used for many dishes. The possibilities are endless!  
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