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June 02, 2004



Beautiful loaf, Alberto, you truly are the Uber-Bread-Baker!


thanks, clotilde. Now I just need to learn to make some of those fantastic jams you talk about and I'll have a gourmet breakfast :-).

Chris  Potter of the Gagliano's & Fiorenza's from Beaumont, Tex.

My grandfather emigrated to Galveston with his parents and family of bakers around 1900. My mom learned how to make "Shavata", probably easier for Texans to pronounce, and i've eaten (and made) the anchovie,onion bread basted with olive oil,topped with a sprinke of cheeze, a hint of red sauce and black olives for color ever since,...even when I was in the Gulf of Tonkin '68, though it had become moldy green by the time i got it.. "Always two loaves" Augustine "Doc" Gagliano would say.


Chris, thanks for sharing this nice story. I alwaqys find it fascinating to hear how culinary traditions vary from palce to place. Just one question, when you talk about anchovy onion bread am I right in thinking these two ingredients are kneaded in the dough?


Hi Alberto, Whether it turned out to be ciabatta or not it looks very edible.Got to try it as well.
By the way do you know anything about potato yeasts which our bakers still use here? I'd love to know more just for the fun of it.


I must admit it's the first time I hear about the potato yeast but it sounds intriguing... something new to try out! Do you have any idea where I could find some basic information on that?


I guess I'm just going to have to pester the bakers because they are so cagey about their recipes!! But as soon as I get some more info I will pass it on.


Great, I'll be eagarly waiting. Thank you!

Michelle Seitz

I live in Northern Michigan. There are VERY few resources or bakers that produce Ciabatta Bread ~ I looked when I was downstate, and I couldn't find it either. So, I have decided that it is time to find a recipe! I am able to digest Ciabatta Bread, and I miss having a piece of toast. Can you help me?
Thank you for your time.
Shelly Seitz
1370 Ellinger Rd
Alanson, MI 49706



you can find an interesting recipe here.

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