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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...
05
NOV
2015

Chimney Brush for Wood-burning Oven

Chimney brush basics “I choose me bristles with pride, yes I do. A broom for the shaft and a brush for the flue.” We recommend either buying a chimney brush for a wood-burning oven or investing in a regular flue cleaning service. You can buy a chimney brush to fit all...
29
OCT
2015

Roasting turkey in a wood-fired oven

At this time of year, thoughts turn to roasting turkey, dressing, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. The photo of a beautifully roasted turkey, brings memories of Thanksgiving and all that is traditionally attached to this holiday. We have much for which to be thankful today,...
24
SEP
2015

Bread — a Lifelong Passion

This sourdough roll photo is a thumbnail of my life. This takes me back to childhood in Cupertino, CA and stopping at Le Boulanger to buy sourdough rolls. The thought of their delicious tang connects me to a long-standing love of bread and bread baking. Buying and selling bread...
17
SEP
2015
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Wood-fired grilling

These aren’t just for pizza Why would I write about wood-fired grilling in an oven blog? I’m keying off two questions a friend asked. “Doesn’t it take a long time to heat up the oven? Do you heat it up all the way or can you just build a fire and cook over it?”...
10
SEP
2015
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Wooden Peel and a Pizza Oven Go Together

A wooden peel and a pizza oven go together. It’s hard to imagine one without the other, but do you really need a wooden peel? The wooden peel is basically a glorified shovel* used to slide bread and pizza into a wood-burning oven. Peels come in different designs—from the...
03
SEP
2015
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Fire-roasted figs

Did you know that the Nabisco Company dropped the word “fig” from their famous bars? The Fig Newton bar, invented in 1892 is now called a Newton, because “figs don’t really scream cool and exciting” anymore. The Newton Bar comes in a variety of flavors, because choice is what...