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Delicious and healthy whole wheat pizza dough
14
MAR
2014

Best Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

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Most people with wood-fired ovens love to make pizza, and are always looking for the perfect pizza dough recipe. I began making pizza more than 20 years ago following a fine recipe in 365 Easy Italian Recipes. When I became interested in making great pizza, I tried a number of...
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Building the dome of a wood-fired oven in Texas
07
MAR
2014

When to Build Your Wood-fired Oven?

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That’s a good question, fairly easy to answer here in central Texas where winters are usually mild. Road, residential and commercial building continues year round with only a few interruptions for weather. So the best time for a wood-fired oven to be built on your property lines...
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28
FEB
2014

Sourdough Starter with History

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A healthy starter can be kept alive forever with proper cultivation. Some of the bread companies in San Francisco have been using the same starter, fed daily, for more then 150 years! (Peter Reinhart, “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice)  During World War II, Ted Smith flew 90 missions...
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Wood-burning pizza oven with small wood curing fire.
11
OCT
2013

Keeping a Wood-burning Oven Cured

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How important is it to cure your oven? Actually, it is very important to properly cure a new wood-fired oven. A new oven that has been allowed to set and cure (dried of imbedded moisture) will sustain high internal temperatures without excessive cracking. The construction...
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24
MAY
2013

Meat Curing – Old World Meets New

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One of the benefits of doing things the old way, besides the pride of ownership, is being able to share the experience with friends.  I have a friend, not a Facebook kind of friend, but the kind of friend you can call in the middle of the night and say I need you, and he’s...
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21
MAR
2013

Is Bee Keeping for You?

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It could be if you’re adventuresome, curious, and into things natural.  As JT from the Coastal Bend Bee Keeping Association says, “beekeeping is just part of what nature is. People keep bees for relaxation and excitement, for the honey and for pollinating their gardens.” A good...
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28
FEB
2013

Best Temperature for Pizza in Wood-burning Oven?

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We constantly get asked “how hot do your pizza ovens get?” and “how hot should your wood-burning oven be for pizza?” When first firing up my oven for pizza it usually flames by the 1,022 degree max registered by the infrared thermometer. The thermometer...
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26
FEB
2013

Scoring Explained by Peter Reinhart, Famous Bread Artisan

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In his excellent book artisan breads every day, Peter Reinhart explains the purpose of scoring. Scoring bread before baking releases some of the gas created by fermentation and “promotes proper oven spring” (p.29). Scoring improves the appearance of a finished loaf and creates...
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22
FEB
2013

World’s Oldest Cookbook Discovered by Archeologists

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Archeologists have found what is thought to be the world’s oldest cookbook—small clay tablets written in the Akkadian language. The tablets date back to at least 1700 BC and belong to Yale University’s collection of Babylonian artifacts. The recipes feature various spicy meat...
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