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28
SEP
2017

Live Fire Cooking, Back to the Future

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Why has live fire cooking become a movement, and not just a trend? It has to do with change in how we look at food and lifestyle, sustainability, and the ancient wisdom of fire and flavor. Food trends tend to be temporary. Peruse the old cookbooks and remember the days of jello,...
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16
SEP
2017

Roasted Pecans in the Spotlight

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Falling for a fall favorite At risk of alienating the PSL crowd, when I look forward to fall flavors, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the first food on my mind. As nights begin to cool, I’m thinking about roasted pecans. This pecan panegyric from CNN iReport, praises...
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10
AUG
2017

Wok Pan Function in Wood-fired Oven

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What is a wok pan A wok is an amazing pan, designed for cooking with fire, intense heat, speed, flair and flavor. The wok pan is an example of a tool that fits its purpose, “form fits function.” There’s no getting around the shape of a wok pan. It perfectly...
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27
JUL
2017

Best Pans for Cooking in a Wood-fired Oven

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Finding the best pans I’m always happy to recommend a tool or product or technique that’s a natural fit for wood-fired cooking. After some experience in wood-fired cooking, I have developed a few favorite tools, techniques, and ingredients. Among that list of...
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20
JUL
2017

Cook Without a Recipe in Your Wood-burning Oven

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I field all kinds of questions from people considering a wood-burning oven. Many of these have shown up in previous blogs. Several common questions fall into a single category: learning to cook in a wood-fired oven. The good news is that cooking in a wood-fired oven is easier...
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13
JUL
2017

Roasting Brassicas for Crave-worthy Flavor

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Roasting brassicas is a hip food trend likely to last. High heat transforms these super healthy foods. These foods we “know we should eat more of” become foods we crave. Roasting brassicas also supports two current food trends: meatless main dishes and substituting...
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29
JUN
2017

Low and Slow — Your Oven as a Smoker

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Beat the heat with low and slow meals Remember the haunting tune “summertime, and the living is easy”? As the temperatures go up, I’m happy to find easy dinners that don’t require standing over a hot stove top. Low and slow cooking delivers. Of course...
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23
JUN
2017

Wood-fired poblano peppers

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What are poblano peppers? Wood-fired poblano peppers are one of my go-to summer foods. Poblanos are thick-walled, slightly heart-shaped peppers ranging in color from dark purplish-green to reddish-black. Poblano peppers originated in Puebla, Mexico and play an important par...
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15
JUN
2017

Summer Corn in Your Wood-fired Oven

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It’s June and the summer corn is just beginning to appear at farm stands, markets and grocery stores. Here in Austin the local HEB grocery has some small stacks of unhusked corn, not a lot yet, but I picked up half a dozen ears at the Central Market for this blog. Summer...
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