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Wood Fired Peach Caprese Salad in white square bowls

Wood-Fired Peach Caprese Salad

Sep 06, 2018

This recipe was submitted by Chef John O’Neil of Dallas, Texas. His fresh take on a traditional Caprese salad is sure to be a hit! He shares: “My wife loves peaches in season, especially Texas peaches. Using wood-fired peaches in this Caprese salad instead of tomatoes is a fresh, summery change. The Bella wood fired oven gives a nice char flavor to the peaches to season up the salad, and... Read More

2 baked Eid Bread rounds coated in Olive Oil with Circle Pattern on top

Eid Bread (aka Wooden Mold Bread)

Sep 06, 2018

Thank you to home chef, Ahmad Zeabi, for sharing this special holiday bread recipe with us! In this recipe, we are traveling to the Middle East. Ahmad explains: In Horan (Daraa), in the far south of Syria, folks used to make this special bread in the Fitr and Adha Eids; the biggest annual celebrations in the local culture, hence the name. Families would customize their wooden molds. Originally, they looked at... Read More

Row of ham-wrapped baked peppers in white serving spoons

Date-Stuffed Peppadew® Peppers

Sep 06, 2018

We love having creative recipes in our Community Cookbook! So many of the best ones start with talented professional chefs and home chefs asking, “What if I…?”  Following is one of those recipes for you to enjoy.  Thanks, Chef John! “This is one of my family’s favorite dishes to make when we fire the oven. It is a little spicy, a little sweet, and a little savory. It hits all of... Read More

Beef brisket with strips of bacon

Maple Dry-Rub Brisket Tortillas

Sep 06, 2018

Karsten Nordenhof, Wood Fired Community Member and guest home chef, submitted a fun Mexican-American style recipe for our 2018 Summer Recipe Contest. She reports: “After building our Pompeii oven last year, what began as a culinary journey to explore the unlimited options of a wood fired oven, is now a Sunday family tradition. It’s been lots of fun cooking again! After one visit to our favorite Mexican restaurant, I got inspired... Read More

Fire Roasted Figs and Spanish Cheese in fluted square plates

Fire Roasted Spanish Figs

Sep 06, 2018

This recipe from Chef John O’Neil uses Texas Blue Giant Figs and several delightful specialty cheeses. He writes: I love using Spanish cheeses for this dish because it feels and tastes like we are basking in the sun in Spain! The Mahon Mitica, Cordobes Mitica, and Tronchon all melt nicely, which makes them the perfect blend for slicing over the top of the figs. The Tronchon cheese is an aged cheese... Read More

Soft Pretzel

Oktoberfest Wood Fired Pretzels

Sep 05, 2018

Served with stone ground mustard or a dip of smooth cheese sauce, who doesn’t love old world, soft German pretzels! This recipe is perfect for Oktoberfest and the fall season! We received it courtesy of guest chef, Anthony LaRocco, of Anthony’s Rustic Crust. He and his wife Debbie, run a mobile wood fired pizza concessionaire in Florida. As with most baking, measuring by weight is more accurate and yields more consistent results... Read More

Wood Fired Newsletter August 2018 with header photos

August 2018 | No. #111; Residential Pizza Ovens, Recipe Contest, Pizza Peel Overview, Steak Dinner and Mussels Diavolo Recipes, Napolino Spotlight

Aug 15, 2018

We hope you are enjoying a beautiful summer and have gotten to escape on a vacation or two — even if it is only a vacation to your own backyard for a pizza party and glass of Italian wine! Read More

Two Pizza Peels - Copper Oven Broom

Pizza Peels 101

Aug 03, 2018

Wood fired cooking has been around for centuries, and the tools for getting food into and out of a hot, deep oven without burning yourself have developed right along with it. Pizza peels epitomize of this kind of tool. They are truly a case of form following function. Our current word, peel, is derived from the French word Pelle, meaning “shovel.” The original simple wooden peels were easy to carve, inexpensive, and did not... Read More

2018 Summer Recipe Contest Extended, Plus First Round Entries

Aug 02, 2018

The 2018 Summer Recipe Contest launched a few weeks ago and a few bold souls have sent in their creations for us to try. Their dishes look fabulous! So far we have entries in the pizza, main dish, and dessert categories. We’ve decided to extend the deadline for another month to try to give the competition a bit more time to get their entries turned in. Remember these recipes can be for... Read More

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