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Brigit Binns Ricotta Flat Bread

Ricotta and White Anchovy Flatbread with Preserved Meyer Lemon and Fresh Rosemary

Sep 09, 2016

In my one-woman campaign to pull red-sauce-aficionadoes kicking and screaming outside the pizza-box, here I offer a mostly-white “take” on flatbread (using my amazing 72-hour dough, of course) with a decided kick of salty, sour, and herbal notes. White anchovies bear as little resemblance to standard anchovies as burrata cheese to aged Parmiggiano: They’re both good, in their place, but sooo not interchangeable. Make the effort to get some of... Read More

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A Girl and Her Dragon – Beyond Pizza

Sep 07, 2016

You can cook more than just pizza in that oven of yours. I know, I know, sacrilege! It’s a pizza oven for a reason! Hear me out though. I’ve catered close to a dozen events this summer, from massive corporate parties to private birthday bashes, and a couple of times clients have asked us for something beyond the basic insert-your-toppings-here package. In response to their requests, I did a bit... Read More

Forno Bravo Custom Tiled Napolino Pizza Ovens Are Gaining Popularity

Custom Tiled Pizza Ovens Are Really Gaining Popularity.

Sep 01, 2016

Forno Bravo’s custom tiled ovens are becoming a very popular feature. Whether you want a different color scheme, family name or a custom logo engraved, Forno Bravo’s team can make it happen. This service is offered at very reasonable prices, simply because we want our restaurant and home owners to know the oven was crafted specifically for them by Forno Bravo. Whether you are buying a Napolino or Vesuvio tiled... Read More

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Triple-Apricot Chicken Tagine

Jul 29, 2016

Stone fruit season is my favorite time of the year. One of the most difficult fruits to find is an aromatic, sweet apricot. When I lived in California’s Sonoma County, I knew a terrific produce guy at Oliver’s Market who would always find me at least one flat of Blenheim apricots, the most delicious and perfect of fruits. This year, however, in the beautiful Hudson Valley, the weather knocked out... Read More


Forno Bravo and Pizza Quest Renew Partnership

Jul 27, 2016

  Pizza oven manufacturer promotes destination website hosted by Peter Reinhart. Salinas, CA  July 27, 2016 – Forno Bravo ( and Pizza Quest have announced a renewal of their collaboration on the pizza-themed website, , that began in 2010.  “Pizza Quest with Peter Reinhart” is a destination website for pizza enthusiasts that contains video and blog content as well as recipes and guest columns from chefs and personalities in... Read More

Leek and Meyer Lemon Pizza

Leek Jam, Meyer Lemon, Anchovy, Black Olive and Dill Flatbread

Jul 14, 2016

In keeping with my desire to cook outside of the box when it comes to flatbreads, here is a real flavor-palooza of a pie, that is (yes, Virginia) actually cheese-free! The leek jam does take a little time, but the result is worth it, and I encourage you to make double or triple the recipe, then freeze it in smaller containers so that when the urge strikes, you’ll be ready... Read More

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A Girl and Her Dragon – She’s on Fire!

Jul 05, 2016

The bright side is that, as of the writing of this latest blog, I haven’t set anything on fire that I wasn’t supposed to. I am not going to lie; there have been a few close calls. Turns out burning cornstarch will adhere to a pizza peel and turn a 6-foot cooking implement into a temporary torch. Evidently supposedly dead coals can flare up when brought out of the oven... Read More

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Crab and Artichoke Savory Bread Pudding

Jun 20, 2016

Isn’t it frustrating to let the oven’s residual heat go to waste? Here’s a recipe that gives you the opportunity to make a delicious brunch dish for the next day, after you’ve cooked up a feast the night before. I had a pizza festa on a recent Saturday night for some friends who were staying with us for the weekend. I made a dozen assorted pies, but a few of... Read More

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Potato and Radicchio Wood Fired Pizza

Jun 17, 2016

Potatoes are not a typical pizza topping in the USA but the cutting-edge pizzerias of Rome and Naples love to add the starchy root to a crisp and golden pie. Here, the blissful flavor of charred radicchio and the salty tang of prosciutto provide an earthy balance, while cool fresh mozzarella and a whisper of fresh oregano ties it all together into happy harmony. Makes one @13-inch pizza; may be... Read More



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