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Parisian Wood Fired Basement Ovens

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Parisian Wood Fired Basement Ovens

December 8, 15

 

Parisian Wood Fired Basement Ovens

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Traditional wood fired ovens were widely distributed throughout Paris. The retail bake shop was very visible and located at street level with display windows along the sidewalk. The engine that ran and supplied all the baked goods was in the basement where natural conditions provided a darker ...

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The East Madison Restoration Project 2015

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The East Madison Restoration Project 2015

 

Ten minutes from our shop in Skowhegan, Maine, Rick Anzelc purchased a 1830′s Greek Revival farmhouse, ell, wood shed and barn where he had lived as a boy. Recent previous owners/tenants had not treated the home well, and after the last tenants left the abandoned house suffered the loss from theft of all the copper wiring and pipes. After Rick bought the house, he decided to strip it back to its bare bones of frame, ...

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Heater in Bowdoinham, ME

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Heater in Bowdoinham, ME

Reeve and Hannah Wood purchased an early 19th century farmhouse in Bowdoinham, Maine just off the undeveloped exit ...

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The Schultz Heater

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The Schultz Heater

Converting a poorly built brick Heatilator fireplace into a high efficiency double downdraft stone veneer masonry heater with fire view, bake oven and heated bench in Lanesboro, MA. (2014)

 

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The timber frame house and ten acres of open land on a ridge just outside of Pittsfield, Massachusetts offered enough land for Jim and Annie Schultz to start their organic Red Shirt Farm and to make ...

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Masonry heater smoking? It may not be what you think!

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Masonry heater smoking?  It may not be what you think!

December 1, 2014
I was working on a masonry heater project in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in October (2014) when I received a call from my old friend Peter Moore in Vermont.  Peter, who builds exquisite masonry heaters and wood fired ovens (for 30+ years), was reaching out for help.  He had built a masonry heater for his daughter and she recently discovered that the heater was not drafting properly and was smoking into the room.  Peter went over to inspect everything ...

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Clam Chowder

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Clam Chowder

At the beginning of September, close to a full, harvest moon, Oliver and grampa-Albie, went to the coast to dig some hen clams. They learned of a secret clamming spot from a friend who assured them they would go home with lots of clams, gathered in a very short period. True to the friend’s word, they shared a beautiful evening, digging clams on the coast of Maine at a super low tide. Oliver excitedly brought his cooler ...

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The Perfect Pizza Dough

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The Perfect Pizza Dough

We’ve been making pizza in wood fired ovens for a few years now. The ovens have evolved over time and so has the dough. When I first started making dough I used a recipe from “The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book” and used only whole wheat flour. Nutrition is important to me and I was determined to master the art of baking with whole grains. The dough was good. It had nice nutty flavor and was ...

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From the Oven

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From the Oven

A week in review through food photos. Please post your own creations to share and inspire.

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Brioche (“Baking Artisan Bread”, by Ceril Hitz)

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Stick Buns (“Whole Grain Breads”, by Peter Reinhart, with my modifications)

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Dedication to the Oven

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Dedication to the Oven

The oven sits out back.  It calls to us, telling tales of cooking adventures possible and past.  We engage in its temptations whenever possible. Sometimes it’s easy and joyous, surrounded by friends and temperate weather conditions, casting its warm glow long into the night.  Often however, the circumstances are less ideal and yet still we light and tend and tend and cook.  Recently we found ourselves in the latter situation.  Our home was filled with visitors, eager to experience some oven ...

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From the Oven

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From the Oven

A week in review through food photos. Please post your own creations to share and inspire.

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Kale pesto, asparagus, ricotta and smoked salmon pizza

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Kale pesto, sausage, ricotta, roasted pepper and mushroom pizza

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More Pain Rustique

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