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26
JAN
2017
reverse sear

Reverse Sear Shows off Wood-fired Oven

Just when everyone thought they understood how to perfectly grill a steak, chefs and food science types started the buzz over a reverse sear. As chef and food blog writer Jess Pryles states, “It’s what all the cool kids are doing.” And what is it they’re...
19
JAN
2017
primal food

Primal Food Means Fire

This month, it feels like my social media feeds are full of politics and dieting. It’s January! I sometimes chuckle over the arguments about cave-man diets, paleo, and primal food. Are we cooking this “primal food” in a microwave?  Regardless of what...
12
JAN
2017
BBQ pizzas

BBQ Pizza, Texas Style

Traditional Italian Ovens in the Land of Barbecue We exist in an interesting niche: building old-Italian ovens in post-digital Texas. Hmm. The ovens we build combine the best modern materials with ancient technique and design. It’s an anachronism we’re happy to...
06
JAN
2017
il forno repair

Il Forno — Authentic Pizza in San Antonio

We love meeting and working with others who share our passion for food, wood-fired flavor, and cooking in wood-burning appliances. High on the list of wood-fired-favorites is the blazing hot, 90 second pizza, prepared in the neapolitan style like they are doing at Il Forno. Il...
29
DEC
2016
bubble popper

Bubble Popper Does More than Pop Bubbles

Be it ever so humble there’s no tool quite as handy a multi-tasker as the bubble popper. Don’t be fooled by the fanciful name bubble popper or the $10 price tag. This simple tool can push, pull, poke, stir, lift, dock, and move. It’s easier to illustrate than...
22
DEC
2016
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Root Vegetables Worth Trying

As the year winds down, we’re used to seeing best-of lists, ideas for party menus, and Disney’s now-annual Star Wars offering. But it is also the best time to find a wild variety of odd-looking root vegetables. Why not combine these winter themes? Here is our...
16
DEC
2016

Cure and Re-cure and Illustrated Guide

Most people interested in wood-burning ovens quickly learn about the importance of curing. Brick, block, mortar, concrete block and refractory clay all absorb moisture. During construction and manufacture, the oven masonry absorbs water. The initial oven cure drives that moisture...
02
DEC
2016
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Dinner Rolls worth the Indulgence

About 12 years ago I stopped looking at (let alone trying) recipes for dinner rolls. Bernard Clayton’s description of his mother’s dinner rolls in The New Complete Book of Bread (page 522) was so compelling I immediately made a batch. They shut the door on every...
22
NOV
2016
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Roasting Onions: Side, Condiment, Secret Ingredient

It’s a running joke with friends and family that I’m often trying to do too many things at one time. A few months back, despite the lanyard timer, I was roasting onions and left them tucked into the oven near the fire for a little bit longer than planned. This mistake...
17
NOV
2016

Dry Brine for Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s time to think about roasting turkey in your wood-fired oven. I’ve been a fan of brining turkey since reading a Cook’s Illustrated analysis back in the ’90s. Since 2011 when I got my wood-burning oven, we’ve upgraded the turkey thanks to...