RVing With Dogs

Living The RVida Loca With Dogs

Traveling in an RV is an exciting and popular way to vacation. So this summer my family and I embarked on a whirlwind tour from Austin bound for Yellowstone National Park. The crazy part wasn’t just that we traveled 4,000 miles in 13 days – it was that we traveled with our 3 dogs!

If you’re considering RVing with dogs I humbly offer the following tips based on my experiences! Enjoy the ride. And the read!

Ridgway State Park Colorado

A Sensational Sunset In Ridgway State Park Colorado

RVing Isn’t For Everyone. If you’re more the room service, chocolate on the pillow, spacious room kinda person, RVing may not be most suitable for your traveler’s DNA. While I had to adjust on a few fronts, I was rewarded in many other ways. Things like ultimate freedom, big skies, and once-in-a-lifetime memorable moments with the family. If you’ve never been RVing you can get a good idea of the experience by watching the movie “RV” before your departure. The movie is hilarious and would only have been more funny with canine costars. Here’s the trailer:

Rent & Reserve Early. RVing is extremely popular! The RV Industry Association reports that the industry has tripled in size since 2009. With 25 million Americans RVing each year, if you plan to stay at state or national parks you’ll want to make your reservation early. 6 months would be a good starting advance timeframe to ensure you have ample time to “presearch” your itinerary and score the RV and campground you most desire. The Reserve America website was super helpful in securing our campsites, like our home away at Colorado’s Mueller State Park.

Mueller State Park Colorado

Me And The Pups In Mueller State Park Colorado

Flex Your Creativity. When we discovered we couldn’t find available state parks within an hour of Santa Fe and Yellowstone we took a left turn (figuratively speaking). We rented through Airbnb which resulted in a welcomed relief from the RV. Our modern cabin rental had a full-size washer and dryer, shower, satellite TV, and a large kitchen which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Bear Lake Utah

Harley, Libby, and Lucca in Bear Lake, Utah

Consider All Costs. RVs can be an affordable way to travel per the RV Industry Association. You’ll want to consider things like the daily rental fee, estimated gas, campground fees, and any extras – our rental levied a mileage fee and an hourly generator cost to run the supplemental AC (luckily we didn’t use the generator once we left Texas).

Right-Size Your Trip. 4,000 miles across 6 states in 13 days isn’t for everyone! In retrospect we should have taken more time to stop and smell the roses. Our friends have been asking “would you take another RV trip again?” I would but I’d opt for a much shorter travel distance like a weekend trip to the Texas Coast, a Round Top rendevoux, an outing into Texas Wine Country, or even colorful Colorado, which is not that far away.

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

You’ll Want To Stop In Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Travel With Tech. We used our grocery store app to make a convenient/portable list of things to take on the trip. You should be able to score forgotten items or restock ice/water, food, or dog supplies along the way. Our iPad, USB chargers, LED camping lights, and iHome portable speaker ensured we had a few comforts of home on the go.

Don’t Forget The Dogs! Remember to take food, medications, special toys, beds/blankets, bowls, collars and leads. We purchased a 7-gallon water container to ensure the pack was never thirsty.

Palo Duro Canyon Texas

Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Explore. There’s so much to see and do! Just in Texas alone we were able to enjoy Palo Duro Canyon State Park which is the second largest canyon in the US. Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of Texas” this park treated us to impressive, colorful views of the ruggedness of Texas. Did you know Texas has an official bison herd? Neither did I until we decided to stay at Caprock Canyons State Park. In addition to wild bison, you can enjoy the The Bats Of Clarity Tunnel plus over 90 miles of trails! In Telluride we rode their dog-friendly gondola which treated us to free and unforgettable 365° views of the valley from 10,540 feet above the valley below!

My Dogs Lucca And Libby In Telluride Colorado

The Dog-Friendly Gondola In Telluride, Colorado Is Tops (Literally)

There was so much to see on our six state adventure! Perhaps the best part of RVing with dogs is the bountiful bond you’ll create. This form of travel will gift you with unique views and experiences that a plane or train simply cannot. Truly “home was where we parked it” and having the dogs with us only made the family vacation complete.

Have questions about RVing with dogs? Reach out to me – I’d love to collaborate!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
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Your Austin Holiday Gift Guide

With mere days before the big day we’ve amassed a shopper’s shortlist of our favorite local goodies to put more fa-la-la-la-la in your holaday gift giving. ❄️ ❄️❄️  These gift ideas are sure to delight the senses!
Hill Country Water Garden Owl
Owl bet you have someone on your list who would love one of these granite owls. Perfect for the garden! Available at Hill Country Water Gardens – our go-to place for inspiration for special things inside and especially outside the home!

Hemlock and Heather Texas Art

Show them the love for your favorite state! These one-of-a-kind works of art are made from recycled wood. Gift cards, T-shirts and more available at Hemlock & Heather online.

Just For Fun Watercraft Rental

Don’t just give them a present – give them an *experience* to remember! Boating Lake Travis is one of my family’s favorite things ever. Gift cards are available beginning at $60 at QuickGifts. Surf’s up!Lizard Lips SPF 22 Lip Balm

Kiss goodbye to dry lips and give a hello kiss to a great smile, compliments of Austin-based Lizard Lips! This stuff heals, moisturizes, and protects for life’s greatest adventures (like when you’re enjoying the lake). Available online or at our favorite home away from home… Buc-ee’s! 
Music Of The Spheres Wind Chimes

“Create world peace one backyard at at time!” Wind chimes from Music of the Spheres are tough as Texas nails but create etheral sounds that delight. You can purchase these online or swing by the East Cesar Chavez showroom to get yours. *And theirs!*

Round Rock Bourbon Barrel Honey

It may be local honey but you’ll send their taste buds into outer orbit with Round Rock Bourbon Barrel Honey. This stuff is the bomb diggity that’s fresh. Raw. And local. Score it online! Plus try our honey-roasted cashew recipe that was inspired by this tasty liquid gold.

Flat Creek Super Texan Wine

What do super Texans drink? Super Texan wine, of course! This wine hails from Flat Creek Estate and it’s won several awards including “most romantic wine,” from the Home Style Austin Team. Available at select HEBs, online… or via short drive to the wine estate. From Cedar Park head west on 1431 for about 30 scenic minutes.

Soul Popped Popcorn Austin Texas

Gift them comfort food for the soul! Soul Popped is a small biz on the rise with Texas-sized flavors like Chicken ‘n Waffles, Banana Pudding, and Heavenly Macaroni & Cheese. Dash to Barton Creek Square or the Soul Popped website to get your groove on.
Home Sweet Home 1803 Candle

Dorothy won’t be the only one claiming “there’s no place like home” when your lucky gift recipient lights one of these “Home Sweet Home” soy candles! Vanilla bean, spice, juicy raisins, and oats will ignite the heart and home. We score ours regularly at Honey & Hay in Cedar Park.

Neighborhoods Of Austin

They’ll always be able to find their way home with this Austin’s Neighborhood poster. Maybe it’s the Realtor in me but what a fun way to celebrate the neighborhoods that make Austin so great. Available on Etsy.

All the best for the happiest of holidays from us to you!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaulReider.KW.com

Queso Flameado

Texas Queso Flameado
Gooey Fiery Fun

For those who know me I’m an avid cook which is why the Home Style Austin blog is filled with more than 60 of my favorite homemade recipes!

This time of year the appetite is in overdrive with a keen eye toward the holidays. For New Year’s Eve my family usually enjoys handmade tamales, lucky black-eyed peas, sautéed greens, and our loaded queso. After recently enjoying queso flameado from a local restaurant, Tequila Bar & Grill, we crafted our own version below, which is dy-no-mite!

While we love our usual Velveeta dip fortified with diced tomatoes, sour cream, and scoops of ground beef and homemade guacamole, this queso flameado is 100% authentic. This is so gooey and how could it not be with 4 cups of cheese? Plus when you set it aflame your friends and family will give you a high five and a “standing O.” Let’s dive in!

Time To Prepare:

About 30 minutes.

Foodie Tips:

❤  Need a good margarita recipe? Margs make a great sidekick to this fiery queso. Try our Home Style Austin Margarita recipe – it’s packed with delightful warm heat, compliments of a 3 slices of jalapeño.

❤  Queso menonita? You can find yours at HEB.

❤  There are many tequilas on the market. When we feel special we buy Patrón – it’s so good and their packaging is tops.

Ingredients:

Poblano Chili
½ Pound  Chorizo, Removed From The Casing
3 Cups  Queso Menonita, Shredded
1 Cup  Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded
To Serve  Flour Tortillas
Accessories  10 Inch Iron Skillet, Paper Bag, Tongs
To Ignite The Party  Tequila, Candle Stick Lighter, Texas Margaritas (All Optional But Wildly Recommended)

What To Do:

1. Prepare the poblano: We used our gas stove top and cooked the poblano for about 5-7 minutes, turning every couple of minutes with tongs until it was blackened. Turn off the heat and transfer the poblano to a paper bag and let it steam for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile…

Making A Poblano Pepper For Queso Flameado

2. Heat things up: Preheat your oven to 350°F.

3. Prepare the chorizo: In an iron skillet cook the chorizo over a medium-high flame, stirring often until it’s done (about 5-7 minutes). Remove from heat and drain any grease. Return the chorizo to the skillet and set on stovetop.

4. Finish the poblano: Cut off the stem end of the poblano and can rub off (remove) the skin. Cut the poblano into strips and set aside.

5. Assemble the queso: Place the shredded cheeses on top of the chorizo and top with the poblano strips.

6. Bake the queso: Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Turn up the oven to broil for the last 5 minutes to create a nicely browned top. Remove from oven and set the skillet on your stove top or a trivet to rest a minute or two.

7. To serve: Place 2-3 tablespoons of tequila in a measuring cup and warm it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Do not overcook! Using a candle lighter ignite the tequila and pour it on top of the queso. This is fun but the best part is diving into the queso – spoon it into warm tortillas and enjoy! #TossesSombrero
Queso Flameado Recipe

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
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Honey-Rosemary Roasted Cashews

A Rosemary Roasted Cashew Recipe From Home Style Austin
A Fall Favorite

This time of year the appetite turns to the warm, toasty notes of autumn. Here in Central Texas my rosemary plant is bountiful throughout the year so the freshness of this herb makes this snack unmistakably delicious.

Why use so many cashews? Well, they’re great for snacking, parties, and gift giving! I use Costco Organic Whole Cashews which are perfect for this recipe. Add some local Round Rock Bourbon Barrel Honey and your tastebuds are likely to fly into outer orbit!

Sweet + Salty + Herby = One tasty treat!
Honey + Rosemary Roasted Cashews

Time To Prepare:

About 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

2 Pounds 8 Ounces  Organic Unsalted Cashews
4 Tablespoons  Fresh Rosemary, Coarsely Chopped
1 Teaspoon  Cayenne Pepper
3-4 Teaspoons  Kosher Salt
4 Tablespoons  Round Rock Bourbon Barrel Honey – or – 4 Teaspoons Dark Brown Sugar
2-3 Tablespoons  Butter, Melted (I use Falfurrias brand butter)

A Rosemary Roasted Cashew Recipe From Home Style Austin

What To Do:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Evenly place the cashews in a large baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.

3. Melt the butter. I microwave my butter in a glass condiment prep cup in 15 seconds intervals.

4. While the cashews are roasting combine the fresh rosemary, cayenne pepper, salt, honey, and the melted butter in a large bowl.

5. Remove the cashews from the oven and add them to the bowl and give them a good shake to coat them with the rosemary-honey-butter mixture.

These honey-rosemary roasted cashews are best served warm! Store any leftovers in an airtight container or plastic bag. Enjoy!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
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Round Rock Bourbon Barrel Honey

Our Friend Ashley Gave Us This Tasty Bourbon Barrel Honey And It’s The BOMB Diggity!

Halloween “Boo Bark” Recipe

Boo Bark RecipeA Sweet ‘n Scary Treat

This week fall blew into Austin with temperatures in the 90s falling to the jaw-dropping 40s in mere minutes! With the temperature shifts there’s no doubting Halloween is officially in full gear – our favorite time of the year! There’s no better way to enjoy the sweet days of fall than with a slice of this wickedly tasty Halloween treat!
Boo Bark Recipe

Foodie Tips:

❤ If using white chocolate try incorporating orange candy melts to create your own culinary masterpiece. Here’s a fun video on how you can make your own special chocolate swirls!

❤ The suggested ingredients (below) are super flexible. Use as many or as little as you prefer. Just ensure you have more chocolate than treats to ensure a good Boo Bark bond.

Time To Prepare:

About 2 hours (includes time for the Boo Bark to rest in and out of the fridge).

Boo Bark Ingredients

Ingredients:

16-24 Ounces  Chocolate

Assorted Candies To Your Liking Including:
Candy Eye Balls (the eyes make the Boo Bark come to life!)
Candy Corn
M&Ms (you can create your own design here!)
Halloween Themed Sprinkles
Halloween Oreos, Sliced
Snickers Candy Bars, Sliced
Take 5 Candy Bars, Sliced
Boo Bark Recipe

What To Do:

1. Line a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with parchment paper. Make sure to include extra paper on the sides so that the chocolate doesn’t touch the pan.

2. Gather and prepare your ingredients.

3. If using Oreo cookies, scatter a few in the prepared pan.

4. Melt your chocolate. Place your chocolate into a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring often. Be careful not to overcook/burn the chocolate. Once it’s smooth enough to pour it’s ready!

5. Pour the chocolate into the prepared pan, working from the center outward. The Boo Bark edges do not need to be uniform.

6. Top the Boo Bark with your chosen candy decorations. Lightly press any larger pieces to ensure they bond with the chocolate.

7. Place your Boo Bark in the fridge for about an hour to set/harden. Remove from the fridge and let rest for about 30 minutes. Break the bark into bite-sized pieces with a knife and enjoy!

Check out some of the other Halloween-inspired ideas here at the Home Style Austin blog or on our hand-curated Halloween Pinterest Board!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaulReider.KW.com

For Lease In Downtown Austin

300 Bowie Street Unit 3806 Austin TX 78703 Balcony View

300 Bowie Street Unit 3806, Austin, TX 78703
1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 reserved parking space, 698 square feet
Leasing for: $2,500/month

300 Bowie Street Unit 3806 Austin TX 78704

Live in the center of Austin’s vibrant downtown district. Here are some of this condo’s features:

  • Located in the green-rated Spring Condominiums on the 38th floor with impressive views of Austin’s skyline and surrounding vistas.
  • Never worry about where to park with your reserved parking space in a gated garage.
  • Also included are a new stainless steel refrigerator and a washer and dryer.
  • There’s wood and tile flooring throughout.
  • Resident amenities include a pool, gym, resident lounge, and more.
  • You’ll be mere steps away from Lady Bird Lake, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, restaurants, and entertainment.
  • View this condo’s official listing for full details!

I’m happy to give you a personal tour of this beautiful Austin property – please call or email me with any questions!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaulReider.KW.com

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Spicy Thai Chicken And Zoodles

Spicy Thai Chicken And Zoodles Recipe

Oodles and Oodles of Zoodles

As a true lover of pasta I wasn’t convinced that a zucchini noodle or “zoodle” would be a satisfying substitute. Turns out I was surprised! Zucchini noodles are fun to make, gluten free, and they will likely leave you feeling as if you had a pasta experience without the guilt. Go on, we’re having seconds!

To spiralize your zucchini you’ll want to give it a little practice. There are many spiral slicers available and I recently upgraded from a hand-held spiralizer to a fancy one from KitchenAid that transformed me into a Zoodler Pro!
Thai Zucchini Noodles

It’s because of this recipe that I was inspired by spiralizing, so I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do!

Foodie Tips:

❤ I once made the peanut sauce a couple of days in advance and was convinced it tasted even better once things were able to mingle. The sauce is so good I usually double it.

❤ If you’re shy about spicy foods you can omit the red pepper flakes. I often sneak in a little extra.

❤ This dish pairs well with spring or egg rolls (shown).

Time To Prepare:

About 25 minutes.

For The Spicy Peanut Sauce:

Garlic Clove, Peeled & Smashed
½ Cup  Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon  Lime Juice
1 Inch  Fresh Ginger, Diced
½ Teaspoon  Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tablespoons  Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon  Light Brown Sugar
⅓ Cup  Water

For The Main Dish:

3-4 Tablespoons  Olive Oil
1 Pound  Chicken Tenders, Diced
Zucchini, Spiralized
1 Large  Carrot, Spiralized
Red Bell Pepper, Julienned
¼ Cup  Fresh Cilantro, Diced
¼ Cup  Green Onions, Diced
To Garnish  Toasted Sesame Seeds
To Garnish  Peanuts, Chopped
To Garnish  Juice of Lime
Spicy Thai Chicken And Zoodles Recipe

What To Do:

1. In a food processor or blender combine the eight spicy peanut sauce ingredients and set aside.

2. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and the chicken tenders. Sauté each side for 3-4 minutes. Remove the chicken from the heat and let it rest until cooled. Then dice the chicken.

3. In the same large skillet over medium-high heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the zucchini and carrot noodles. Flash fry for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

4. Remove the noodles and place them in a large bowl along with the chicken, red pepper, fresh cilantro, green onions and spicy peanut sauce. Toss until the noodles are well coated.

5. Serve garnished with toasted sesame seeds, more chopped peanuts, and a squeeze of lime juice.

Enjoy this dish!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
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Joe’s Fideo Recipe

Home Style Austin Fideo Recipe

A Texas Treat

“Fideo” actually refers to a dish made with short, vermicelli-style pasta (shown above in the lower left corner). Fideo is first browned in a skillet then various ingredients are added to typically make a pasta or soup dish. The folks at Q&Q sure know how to help us make tasty dishes – fideo has been a tasty Texas treat for more than 100 years!

While fideo can be prepared in a multitude of ways – this is my very own recipe that pairs greatly with enchiladas and a side salad. Enjoy!

Foodie Tips:

❤ What are “hatch cubes?” These are my own homemade treats that will save your time in the kitchen (shown below). I buy a frozen bag of Hatch Chilies from Trader Joe’s. I defrost it and pour the hatches into ice cube trays then freeze. I “pop” and transfer them into a Ziploc freezer bag and I can easily add the number of cubes into my recipe based on my appetite for heat. :) Pastas, soups, and eggs have never been the same since!

❤ This recipe can be easily doubled. Twice is nice!

❤ Fideo can be made in a million ways. Google or YouTube it and you’ll see.

How To Make Fideo

Shown Above: One Of My Homemade “Hatch Cubes”

Time To Prepare:

About 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

½ Tablespoon  |  Butter
5 ounce Box  |  Q&Q Fideo Vermicelli
1 Cup  |  White Onion, Chopped
2 Tablespoons  |  Tomato Paste
| Hatch Cube or a Small Can of Hatch Green Chilies (optional)
2 Cups  |  Chicken Broth
|  Garlic Cloves
Bay Leaf

What To Do:

1. In a skillet over medium-high heat melt the butter.

2. Add the fideo and sauté until the vermicelli is just golden brown (think Rice-a-Roni, but Texas style). I like my Q&Q toasted, but be careful not to burn it.

3. Add the onion and continue sautéing. Add the tomato paste, hatch (if using), broth, garlic and the bay leaf.

4. Simmer until the vermicelli is al dente (about 5 minutes).

5. Remove from heat, let thicken a bit, discard the bay leaf, and enjoy!

Yield: About 2-4 servings, maybe less, if you enjoy food like I do! 

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaulReider.KW.com

Barbaco Apparel Fideo StickerFideo Fan?
I found these awesome Q&Q Fideo stickers from our friends at BarbacoApparel in San Antonio. These vinyl stickers are a great way to show your love for Texas’ favorite vermicelli!

Open House in Cedar Park Town Center

1807 Lost Maples Loop Cedar Park TX 786131807 Lost Maples Loop, Cedar Park, TX 78613
4 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, 1,880 square feet
Offered at: $259,900

We’re hosting an Open House Saturday, February 23rd from 1-4 PM in Cedar Park. Here are some of this home’s features:

1807 Lost Maples Loop Cedar Park TX 78613

I’m happy to give you a personal tour of this beautiful home – or join me at my Open House on Saturday, February 23rd from 1-4 PM! Please call or email me with any questions!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaulReider.KW.com

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Rosemary Olive Bread Recipe

Rosemary Olive Bread Recipe From Home Style Austin
Bring On The Bread

I’ve never been one eager to make my own bread. But when I stumbled across this recipe that’s a no knead skillet olive bread I tried it. And I loved it! Now it makes regular appearances in my home.

This bread makes a great entertaining appetizer or sidekick for meals – your guests will be surprised you made it with your own two hands.

Time To Prepare:

About hours; most of the time is reserved for the bread to “rise.”

Foodie Tips:

  Kalamata olives are my chosen favorite for this bread. You can substitute the kalamatas with your own favorite.

  Fresh herbs gives this bread a delightful taste. I noted my favorite herbs to use below – they come fresh from my garden!

Ingredients:

For The Dough:
2 Cups  |  Lukewarm Water
2 ¼ Teaspoons (1 Packet)  |  Active Dry Yeast
4 ⅓ Cups  |  All-Purpose Flour, Divided
½ Tablespoon  |  Kosher Salt
1 Cup  |  Kalamata Olives, Drained And Sliced (Or Whole)
1 Large  |  Garlic Clove, Minced
1 Tablespoon  |  Fresh Rosemary, Chopped
1 Tablespoon  |  Fresh Basil, Chopped (Optional)
1 Teaspoon  |  Fresh Oregano, Chopped (Optional)
1 Teaspoon  |  Fresh Thyme, Chopped (Optional)
1 Tablespoon  |  Olive Oil

To Serve:
1-2 Tablespoons  |  Olive Oil
To Garnish  |  Kosher Salt
To Garnish  |  Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, Chopped

What To Do:

1. In a large mixing bowl combine the water and the yeast. Add 1 cup of flour and the ½ tablespoon of salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is well combined.

2. Add the olives, garlic and the herbs of your choice and stir well. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time and stir well between additions.

3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and set it in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour.

4. In a 10-inch iron skillet add the tablespoon of olive oil (you can also use a stoneware baking dish if you don’t have an iron skillet). Using your fingers or a folded paper towel, coat the bottom and sides of the skillet with olive oil.

5. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough. Flour your hands and transfer the dough to the prepared skillet and carefully shape it into a roundish loaf. No kneading needed!

6. Cover the skillet with a kitchen towel and let it rise for 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 400°F.

7. Score the top of the dough with a knife. Brush the remaining olive oil on top of the dough, sprinkle it with the salt and parsley, and place it in the oven.

8. Bake about 30 minutes or until the top is nice and brown… and a knife comes out clean.

9. Remove the bread from the oven. Transfer the bread from the skillet onto a wire cooling rack. Brush the remaining 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil on top. Sprinkle with salt and the fresh parsley.

You can let the bread cool entirely but I like mine served still warm. Dipped in olive oil or red sauce I’ve enjoyed this bread as my meal!

Yield: About 12 servings.

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaulReider.KW.com