Please bear with me, as I am now a member of that growing cult called Facebook and I don't have a clue how to use it. I followed some links and ended up enrolling nearly all my recipe testers with friend requests and many have written back with acceptances and personal notes but I'm clueless as to how to respond back (seems as if there's some kind of delay when you try to follow up). Anyway, please know that if you accepted me as a friend then I did receive your acceptance even if I didn't write back (I got about 200 responses today!). So, I will continue to do most of my outgoing communication via this blog and if you need to write me to probably best to send me an e-mail at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org At least I know how to respond to e-mails. Eventually I'll learn how to "drive" this Facebook vehicle but for now I'm just a total duffer.
Speaking of driving new vehicles, I'm starting to get pretty good at driving my new Forno Bravo "PrimaVera" wood-fired oven. I'll try to post a photo of me in front of it as soon as I figure out how to post photos here (still a duffere on the blog too) but I foresee many years of fun baking ahead. Yesterday I baked focaccia and crispy roast chicken (I had pre-roasted in the house oven at 350 degrees, then crisped the skin in about 3 minutes in the PrimaVera--awesome!) , and have had also had great success with, of course, pizza and all sorts of vegetables, including corn on the cob baked in the husks after soaking them in water. If you want to see what the oven looks like (it's cute as the dickens, like an igloo), go to the Forno Bravo site at www.fornobravo.com I heard that they're selling pretty well and the best part, for someone like me with limited carpentry and masonry skills, they come ready to use--as long as you can find 4 strong people to lift in into the frame. More on this in future postings.
Anyway, just wanted to get this Facebook thing out in the open. I plan on getting someone younger and hipper to show me the ropes and, before you know it, I'll be like a wily veteran on the thing. So much to learn -- it's hard to keep up as time speeds up to consume space....
In the meantime, may your bread always rise!