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28
JUL
2016

Another Look at Peaches

Shoutout for peaches It’s hard to say enough about peaches during the peach season here in Texas. Just the names of the freestones ripening now—Flame Prince, Jersey Queen, Dixieland, Parade, Big Red—tempt me to drive up to Fredericksburg and Stonewall to pick-my-own or get a...
21
JUL
2016

Chapati

Pizza dough in a hurry? People always ask me about easy pizza dough recipes, and where to buy pre-made pizza dough when in a pinch. Most pre-made dough is either expensive or the wrong style for wood-burning ovens. This week, while pre-baking 100 pizza rounds for a crowd I found...
15
JUL
2016

Farmers’ Market Finds

A farmers’ market near you? There’s something satisfying about strolling through a farmers’ market, whether a market far away or one close by home. It’s inspiring to see a variety of beautiful produce.   A farmers’ market is a great place to be curious and ask...
07
JUL
2016
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Convection fuels efficiency

Superpower As soon as I started cooking in my wood-fired oven, I ran smack into the power of convection. Experimenting with cooking and baking all kinds of dishes and entrees, I had to adopt what Christopher Kimball calls a “better way to cook” (The Kitchen Detective, p. 231). By...
30
JUN
2016
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Cast Iron Cookware, Enduring Wood-fired Classic

Cast iron cookware is Americana. Cast iron cookware links us to our culinary past. Because of its enduring strength and practicality, a number of collector pieces remain from the civil war and America’s westward expansion. Just like cooking over an open fire, cast iron...
23
JUN
2016
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Making foolproof pizza

Readers of the TXO blog know that Dave and I are passionate about cooking almost everything in a wood-fired oven. It’s great for grilling, tandoor cooking, braising and stewing, frying, baking, toasting, re-warming. But, we’re quick to admit that in a wood-fired oven makes...
12
MAY
2016
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Building Better Bone Broth

Roasting meat bones in your wood-fired oven is the secret to building better bone broth. More on the how to roast bones later in the blog, but first, what is bone broth? Stock, broth, and bone broth Jennifer McGruther of Nourished Kitchen differentiates bone broth from stock an...
15
APR
2016

Butler Wood for Wood-fired Cooking

I have good memories of wood and wood piles from my childhood. While my grandfather was alive, he maintained a substantial stack cut from trees that fell in the woods. What remains of that weathered stack today is so crumbly, it’s no longer suitable for burning. Suitable or...
31
MAR
2016
gluten free pepperoni pizza with basil

Gluten-free Pizza Dough Worth Eating

Baking artisan bread naturally leads one to dreaming about a wood-burning oven. Although not all serious bakers have a wood-burning oven, those of us who love to bake know it is the ultimate bread-baking environment. It’s less common for a serious wood-fired baker t...
24
MAR
2016

My Oven, an Ongoing Journey

Do you remember the excitement of dreaming about a wood-fired oven? On my oven journey there were many years of dreaming followed by the excitement of watching it come together. If you’ve ever watched Dave at work, he is a master-builder. We call it “performance...