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10
MAR
2016
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Propane wand as oven tool

Often, fireplaces these days don’t burn real wood. The ones that do usually come with a natural gas starter. This makes for foolproof fire building. We’re often asked about building a similar starter into a wood-burning oven. People are often surprised when we...
03
MAR
2016
Romanesco cauliflower

Cauliflower Favorites Get a Wood-fired Upgrade

Cauliflower reigns Cauliflower has replaced kale as the reigning vegetable. Over the past eighteen months, many food writers have hailed it “the new kale” because of its nutritional value and versatility. The New York Daily News tagged it the “produce king.” Like a “blank canvas...
26
FEB
2016
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Designing Your Oven

In designing your oven remember that the finished oven is a permanent feature in the landscape. Think in terms of designing your oven to compliment the architecture of your home and to maximize the features of your landscape. Take some time to get advice about oven styles and how...
11
FEB
2016

Oven Gloves for Wood-fired Ovens?

My long-time favorite oven gloves are the Steven Raichlen Extra Long Suede gloves (about $18 on Amazon). I bought the gloves in 2012, but they have some “hot spots” now. The Raichlen gloves are great for handling wood, but I am testing the new Grill Heat Aid oven gloves for...
22
JAN
2016

Spaghetti Squash in a Wood-fired Oven

 Spaghetti squash Spaghetti squash tops the list of delicious low-carb vegetables. Because of its mildly sweet flavor, ease of preparation, versatility, and delightful characteristics, it is both a favorite side-dish and a favorite main dish. Vegetable of fruit? Spaghetti squash...
17
DEC
2015
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Argentinian Grill

An Argentinian grill, just the name brings to mind cattle grazing on the pampas, gauchos, asado, and woodsmoke. In his book Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way, Francis Mallmann describes seven ways to capture the flavor of open-fire cooking. His beautiful book has been...
10
DEC
2015
Chicago style pizza wood-fired oven pizza oven Texas Oven Co

Chicago style pizza, wood-fired

When I think about a wood-fired pizza, I don’t think about Chicago style pizza. I see a thin crust with a fleck of char, a spare scattering of ingredients, fresh mozzarella, the oven at 900°, and a pizza done in 60 seconds. Nothing beats the taste of authentic Italian-style...
03
DEC
2015

Toasting Seeds and Nuts

Toasting seeds and nuts in your wood fired oven is a great way to take advantage of down cycle heat. You may not have any pumpkin seeds left from Thanksgiving, but don’t forget squash seeds. Acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash have nutritious seeds that a little toasting...
19
NOV
2015
Kindling Cracker safely cuts kindling for wood-burning oven or pizza oven

Kindling Cracker

Do you recognize this new tool? The tool, invented by 16-year-old Ayla Hutchinson, made her “one of the world’s top teen innovators” and launched her business, The Kindling Cracker. What is the Kindling Cracker? The Kindling Cracker is a new product for safely cutting wood into...
12
NOV
2015
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Roasting pumpkin in a wood-fired oven

Time for roasting pumpkin! Time’s just about over for pumpkin displays in the grocery store and pumpkin-sale fund-raisers. Our Whole Foods and the local HEB featured some whopping big pumpkins this year. They must have weighed over 50 pounds, and I didn’t see anyone...