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Woodfired Oven Techniques Articles | Sortachef - Part 2

Back to the Fire: Pear Pecan Pizza

The timing of an email from my local clean air agency was uncanny. At the very moment I had lit my first fire in weeks the atmosphere turned on me. From the eerie stillness in the air that hung around our back porch, the too-strong fragrance of my barely burning fire, and the layered fabric of [...]

All Fired up Turkey Thighs

Here’s a simple but very tasty way to cook turkey thighs in either a conventional or woodfired oven. White wine vinegar and a little sugar tenderizes the meat while slow cooking with herbs in the fire intensifies the flavors. If you have a woodfired oven, this is an excellent technique to have in your armory. In a [...]

All Fired Up: Fresh Tomato and Mushroom Pizza with Truffle Oil

My daughter the Cake Princess looked quizzically at the dough laid out on a wooden peel in the kitchen. “Do you make pizza every day?” she asked, striking a pose. “Just this week,” I assured her. “Yeah, right,” she said, and flopped off to check her facebook page.

Thin to thick: Last week's selection

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Rome’s Best Pizza: Prosciutto with Porcini Mushroom

Our waiter was clearly worried. He guided us to a table with a view out onto the Campo, jabbed menus into our hands and headed back to confer with the indoor waiter. Standing nervously at the arched doorway, he leveled a severe look on a group of Italian tourists drinking from paper cups at one [...]

Woodfired Roast Chicken

My college buddy and I huddled in darkness beside an old wooden fence, shivering and cursing the farmer who had put us up to this. A sliver of moon shone thin light upon a stone farmhouse where the farmer and his wife sat, no doubt in the glow of a roaring fire. The same trickle of [...]

Moderating Heat in a Woodfired Oven

Most woodfired oven owners only use the oven once a week or so to bake pizza or bread at fairly high temperatures. There’s another level of cooking available, at lower and constant temperatures, which requires pulsing the oven with small fires. This is useful knowing about both to protect the oven from unnecessary cracking from cold firing [...]

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At Woodfiredkitchen.com, Sortachef takes you on adventures in the kitchen and beyond, with tales to suit. Many of his offerings are woodfired - a flaming good recipe for pizza, bread, or something different. All recipes are original and tasty. Enjoy!
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