So here’s the deal. I found a great little cottage on the Mobile River Delta, three acres on a picturesque creek. I have a palatial garden (perhaps you saw it in my St. Patrick’s Day Rouxben video) that provides me with fresh herbs and veggies and I have snatched quite of few fish from the creek. There are even squirrels should the economy continue to spiral out of control. And the rent is ridiculously low.
Here’s the main drawback – the gas stove works, the gas oven does not. I am welcome to purchase a new oven if I like and deduct it from the rent or just use my toaster oven. Well, I have a pretty kickin’ toaster oven so I figured why bother. It has a built-in rotisserie and is large enough to cook any frozen pizza. But alas, it is not large enough to make, say, a full size French baguette.
I am so digging this “living off the land” thing. I mean, it’s fun now but it’s also practice for the eminent fall of western civilization. One of the things I’m brushing up on is baking. Just yesterday I made a pie with wild blueberries from the bushes in my yard. Delicious.
I’m also reacquainting myself with bread baking. In the past week I’ve made a multi-grain quick bread and a batch of dough that yielded six pizza crusts. Each has worked well in the toaster oven. So now I devised the following recipe just for my toaster oven. It produces a 10″ multi-grain French baguette perfect for po boys or just to tear and eat with a dish full of olive oil. Have at it:
Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.
2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up