Peter Martin found himself with a dilemma. He had a great, new, adult apartment in Brooklyn but his backyard was little more than a 20’ x 18’ concrete slab with a drain in the center. And that wasn’t going to fly. After weighing concrete’s reliability against brick’s throwback aesthetic, he and his wife decided on the subtle beauty of bluestone to make their dream patio come to life.
Even as an avid DIYer, stonework has always been something I thought was completely unattainable. Thinking it required a mess of tools and well-studied skill, the art of carving and shaping rock for my own DIY projects found itself at the bottom of my to-do until I saw this great project from the Samurai Carpenter.
There's a very good reason the pizza from your local, independent place tastes better than what most of us can turn out at home: the crust. Even with the perfect sauce, the best dough, and an amazing mix of toppings, lots of homemade pizzas come out too thick, too soft, and too soggy. See, commercial pizza ovens can reach temperatures in excess of 1000°F, providing that crisp, cracker-like crust that makes pizza so special in the first place.
Cinder blocks are quite possibly the most boring material ever. And really, when's the last time you saw someone make something creative with them? Well as it turns out, it actually doesn't take a whole lot of effort to transform boring old cinder blocks into a work of art.
The new Bosch VitaFresh refrigerators work so well, they've kept prehistoric meat fresh for the last 65 million years. At least, I think that's what's going on in this write-up at Ypsilon2 (sorry, my Portuguese ain't so hot).
Traditional pizza ovens feature stone or brick floors, which retain heat and redistribute it evenly across the cooking surface. The intense and immediate heat from the preheated stone surface allows the dough to become crispy while maintaining a delightfully chewy texture.
To replicate this at home, one could spend $2,000-13,000 and buy a proper wood burning pizza oven, il forno di pizza. A more popular route is to purchase a “baking stone” or “pizza stone”, a flat, rectangular or circular slab of ceramic designed for the home oven.
Unfortunately, unless you purchase a top notch stone, which are about $70 dollars for a medium sized