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Anatomy of a Pizza Oven

Are you thinking about adding an outdoor pizza oven to your back yard living area? If so, then it’s probably a good idea to understand the basics of pizza oven construction. The good news is that the basic design of this type of oven has been the same for generations. Have you seen drawing or pictures of American Civil War cooks baking bread in an earthen oven? What about World War II bakers cooking in makeshift ovens while serving in the Pacific, Africa or anywhere else bread needed to be baked? Think about all of the images you’ve seen with wood fired ovens grills in magazines, books and even movies… it’s the same basic oven.  Before deciding on your pizza...

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White Wine Pizza Dough Recipe - compliments of Mario Batali

Here in Sonoma, we like wine with everything, even in our pizza dough.  Celebrity chef and media personality, Mario Batali’s recipe for white wine pizza dough is an interesting and delicious alternative to traditional pizza dough.   While the official name of the recipe is “white wine pizza dough”, it can actually be made with red or white wine.     INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup light red wine or white wine 3/4 cup warm water 1-1/2 packages yeast 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 1/2 cups double zero flour and 1/2 cup AP flour, sifted together PREPARATION Combine the wine, water, and yeast in a large bowl and stir until dissolved. Add the honey, salt, and...

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