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Roasted Tomato and Gulf Shrimp on Sweet Cream Grits

Oct 01, 2015

This recipe was demonstrated at the 2015 Forno Bravo EXPO by Chef Todd Fisher, head chef at Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey, CA. Read More

Drink a beer; get inspired.

Jun 07, 2015

Last week my business travels took me to Boston. I was very fortunate to be on the receiving end of a private tour of the Harpoon Brewery. Harpoon is a working brewery that also has a large bar that you can visit and order up the breweries latest suds. To accompany your beer, they serve soft pretzels that are made to order. The pretzels have a wonderful fermented flavor, and... Read More

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Egg And Leek Pizza

Apr 13, 2015

Eggs are awesome. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or midnight munchie, their versatility is unmatched in the gastronomic world. It is also a popular culinary myth that the pleats in a chef’s toque represent the 100 ways a chef can cook an egg. Adding an egg to pizza is certainly nothing new, but crowning your pie with the yolky richness certainly will elevate it from good to great. In this version I... Read More

Sweet Anise Bread

Sweet Anise Bread

Mar 09, 2015

While my Forno Bravo oven hibernated in its snowy winter jacket this week, my business travel took me to Peru. I had the pleasure of working with a group of chefs from around the Caribbean, Central and South American markets. One of our days was spent exploring local ingredients, artisan producers and the cultural influences that have made Peruvian food a global force. We stopped at chef Eduardo Navarro’s Chaxras... Read More

Grilled Pork Tenderloin & Figs

Grilled Pork Tenderloin And Figs

Mar 02, 2015

Nothing fancy about this one, just the great combination of sweet, peppery figs and smoky tender pork. Once your fire has burned down most of the way and your are left with a great bed of coals, spread the coals evenly across the hearth and insert your Tuscan grill centered over the coals. Allow grill to preheat for a few minutes prior to adding your foods. Until next week, feast... Read More

Taleggio Chanterelle Pizza

Taleggio And Golden Chanterelle Pizza

Feb 21, 2015

Taleggio is one of my favorite cheeses. Hailing from the Lombardy region of Italy, it is rich, buttery and balanced with tart fruity and nutty flavors. It is sublime on any cheese plate but it quickly becomes ridiculously delicious when melted on pizza. Taleggio has a soft reddish-yellow washed rind that gives it a subtle salty finish and a wonderful off-white pale colored paste. If you have yet to dabble... Read More

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Fire Roasted “Ratatouille”

Nov 21, 2014

Okay so not really a true ratatouille in that you are not stewing the vegetables together but the high heat of the Forno Bravo gives the vegetables a great sear and roasted flavor. I’ve also taken liberties from the classic and added fennel, one of my favorites, for some extra depth. You do not need to be fancy with this one, let your knife and the shape of the vegetable... Read More

Fire Roasted Turkey

New Tradition – Forno Bravo Oven Fire Roasted Turkey

Nov 13, 2014

Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks away so why not throw a turkey in the “Drago Affamato” or “The Hungry Dragon” as my family calls our oven. Obviously maintaining a steady low fire is key to evenly roasting for your bird. Think back to your cure, ideally a low fire around 350 is ideal. You’ll get charring, similar to your pizza, in spots, especially on the top but the crispy... Read More

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Roasted Butternut Squash

Nov 06, 2014

As the leaves change color, the days get darker and a welcome chill fills the mid-Atlantic air, it is a perfect time to break out the seasonal fall favorites. From the earliest of childhood memories, roasted sweet potatoes, yams, squashes and root vegetables made their way to our table. Here is one of those simple, favorite recipes to add to your repertoire and maybe find its way into your upcoming... Read More

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