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Our Brick Oven Adventure.
Brick Oven Construction
Brick Oven Construction and Cooking
Ever since I was a young girl, I always wanted a Brick Oven. My grandmother told me stories about the brick oven that was in her village, in Italy, when she was a girl. She said that every Monday the people in the village went to a neighbor who had a brick oven and they were able to bake enough bread to feed their family for the week. The cost for this privilege was that one loaf of bread was to be left behind for the owners family.
When our economy started to slip, we decided to look into building a Brick Oven. We've been married for over 28 years and my husband listened to me talk about getting a brick oven for most of our years together.
A young mason whom my husband knew built the oven for us. And the mason is willing to travel to install one for you!
We've had the oven for just about a year now, and it took a while to get used to the intense heat... but I can tell you that it's easy, fast, and fun to use.
When there's too much bread around the house for just the two of us, we've delighted our friends and neighbors by giving away some very tasty bread, pizza and roasted veggies.
It was a surprise to me when one day I took a look in our refrigerator and noticed a slightly limp bunch of celery, a couple of onions, some parsley, peppers, zucchini, carrots, eggplant and tomatoes. In the past, those veggies would have gone in the trash, if they were left past their prime. So I took them all out, cleaned and chopped them up, put them in a large round heavy stainless steel pan, drizzled some olive oil on top, added a few cloves of crushed garlic and broke up a loaf of day old bread. I tossed it all together and we put it in the Brick Oven. It's now our favorite recipe for the Brick Oven! So... don't toss it, roast it!
Until we meet again... Francesca27