sourdough starter discard decisions, sourdough starter, unfed sourdough starter, sourdough pretzels

Sourdough starter discard decisions

Baking, natural style In my never-ending quest to make my family’s diet less about commercial processed foods and more about wholesome ingredients, I make sourdough bread…without commercial yeast (yup, you read that right). I received the sourdough starter (descended from a batch more than a century old) for Mother’s Day, 2016, and after trial (and… [ Read More ]

Feeding a crowd

Feeding a crowd

Happy (belated) Patriots’ Day, everyone! What, you don’t know what that is? Don’t feel bad…growing up in Southern California I’d never heard of it either, but trust me that it’s a big deal in Massachusetts. Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 (the “shot heard ‘round the world”) that signaled… [ Read More ]

kahlua cake, kahlua, baking, desserts, love to bake, homemade, bundt cake, chocolate cake, King Arthur flour, smitten kitchen

Taking a risk

Are you a risk taker? Would you take an untested recipe to meet your husband’s boss for the first time? I’d say I’m a moderate risk taker…I like to try new things, especially if creativity is involved. And I have a moderate amount of confidence in my culinary abilities. Sometimes it backfires, and I kick… [ Read More ]

cookie crust, baking, desserts, love to bake, pie, pie crust, King Arthur Flour, shortbread, graham crackers, homemade, cookies

Crumbling Cookies

Well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. What is this…a statement of hopelessness? Futility? Nay, gentle reader, I say nay! This is a statement of hopefulness, of goodness and light, because now we have a way to make a wonderful cookie crust. And we get to beat the hell out of cookies in the process!… [ Read More ]

making pie crust, hand pies, Michael Ruhlman, Ratios, Theresa-Carle Sanders, Outlander Kitchen, Outlander, King Arthur Flour, Epicurious, Pi Day

Easy as Pi (Day)

Wait, what’s Pi Day? Pie is sublime. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against cakes (even with the slightly overdone cupcake phase we’re in), cookies (see my recent post Sharing is Caring for my thoughts about cookies), or ice cream in general…in fact, I encourage them all with equal gusto. But there’s something special… [ Read More ]