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How to Make a Sourdough Starter: Day Four

Sourdough Starter Day 4 Morning

I was really excited to check on my starter this morning, because after the activity yesterday, I was sure that it would double in size overnight.  Wrong.  Today it looked about the same as yesterday.  Yes, it did bubble and grow a bit after feeding it last night, but it never grew past the level it reached on day three.  Continue reading →

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How to Make a Sourdough Starter: Day Three

Sourdough Starter Day 3

My starter has come to life!  Well, at least it has bubbles and has grown a bit for the first time.  When I checked on it this morning, this is what it looked like.  I thought it might grow a bit more throughout the day, but no such luck. Continue reading →

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How to Make a Sourdough Starter: Day Two

I’m back to tell you about day two of my sourdough starter experiment.  So, 24 hours later and my jar of flour and pineapple juice looks exactly the same.  But that’s okay, I wasn’t expecting any change yet. Continue reading →

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How to Make a Sourdough Starter: Day One

Today we begin the great sourdough starter experiment.  The goal of this experiment is to catch some wild yeast and try to keep them happy so that they will multiply.  By harnessing the power of wild yeast in a sourdough starter, we’ll eventually be able to bake bread without using any commercial yeast at all.  That’s what traditional sourdough is – a bread leavened by wild yeast.  The process can be very technical and scientific, but I’m not going to delve into all those boring details right now.  Instead, we’re just going to jump in and get started and I’ll explain things as we go. Continue reading →

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Back to My Roots: Sourdough

I recently returned from a 10-day trip to Oregon.  Three of those days were spent in Portland with a fun and inspiring group of food writers and photographers, the rest were spent between Eugene and Florence, where I spent some time with my ex-husband’s family who I’m grateful have decided to keep me in their lives.  It was my first trip to Oregon since my husband and I separated in the spring of last year and though I was a nervous, emotional wreck in anticipation of it, the entire trip turned out to be a cathartic and healing experience. Continue reading →

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Peter Reinhart’s Fresh Cut Corn Bread with Bacon

I first made and fell in love with this corn bread two summers ago when I was diligently working my way through Peter Reinhart’s book for The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge.  It was a fantastic bread – rich and sweet and moist with sweet corn bursts and bits of salty bacon.  The texture was unlike any corn bread I had ever experienced, thanks to Mr. Reinhart’s method of soaking coarse ground cornmeal in buttermilk overnight before making the bread.  Yes, it takes a bit of planning, but it’s worth it. Continue reading →

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Honey Almond Mini Cheesecakes with Raspberries

Mini Honey Almond Cheesecakes with Raspberry

I’ve always been known for my mini cheesecakes, but it’s been a while since I’ve created a new flavor.  I’ve been staying away from sweets for a few months now and when I do start adding the occasional dessert back into my life, I plan on avoiding refined sugars as much as possible.  With these cheesecakes, I tried using less-processed, more natural sweeteners like honey and sucanat.  I honestly wasn’t sure how they would turn out. Continue reading →

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Crustless Quiche with Ham, Asaparagus, and Gruyere

Ham and Asparagus Quiche Hot from Oven

Thanks to the National Pork Board, I have ham leftovers before Easter this year!  I was given a free ham for myself and the opportunity to give away a ham to one of you – just in time for Easter.

While there are a million ways to use leftover ham, I think one of the best is to bake it up in a simple crustless quiche.  I decided to brighten up my usual ham and cheese quiche with some tender green asparagus.  I know that ham and asparagus are a classic combination, but this was my first time making a ham and asparagus quiche for myself. Continue reading →

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