Preserving Sourdough Starter, Part 2: Regeneration

“Wakey, wakey!” — The Doctor “Regenerate me!” — Chameleon Circuit Ready to bring your dried sourdough starter back to life? It’s easy!  I’ve been thinking a lot about regeneration lately. Sure, partly because there’s a new Doctor on Doctor Who — a woman this time, and she’s brilliant. Time Lords are the only humanoids that…

Preserving Sourdough Starter, Part 1: Drying

Rory: “Could someone please tell me what just happened?” The Doctor: “I’m sorry, Rory, but you just died.” “Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today… Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to…

Basic Sourdough Bread

  Ready to take the leap and move on from SourFaux? Tackle a loaf with no added yeast? It’s fun! There’s something almost magical about watching a combination of flour and water transform itself into dough. I had such good results following Serious Eats’ method of making Sourdough Starter that I decided to try their recipe for the bread. It came…

Rustic Sourdough Bread: Delicious, Dependable “SourFaux”

King Arthur recommends this recipe for beginning sourdough bakers, so I dutifully started here. It’s an easy recipe that makes a tasty, dependable loaf of bread. If you’re new to sourdough, it really is the perfect introduction. Who doesn’t like knowing that no matter how vigorous their starter is (or isn’t), this loaf will turn…

Bread Baked on a Gas Grill

Did you know you can bake bread on your outdoor grill? We had quite the heat wave a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t want to heat up the oven. I really wanted to bake bread, though, so I figured I’d give it a go on the grill. I used sourdough, but I don’t…

Sourdough Starter

I thought there were only two choices for sourdough starter: buy some or make some. Turns out there are multiple ways of making your own. I definitely wanted to try that rather than buying, just for the fun of it. My kitchen is toasty warm all year long, so yeast breads tend to do very…

What’s In a Name?

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” — Shakespeare “I know you can do this.” — Rory Williams Pond Sourdough: the pinnacle of bread-baking. Having mastered the art of coaxing a loaf of bread out of flour, water, salt, and purchased yeast, it was time for me to take on the challenge of…

Kümmelweck

By now, most folks have heard of Buffalo Chicken Wings. Although, as a former resident of Buffalo, I have to say that it’s hard to find good ones outside of Buffalo. Best I ever had from another state was at the No Name Pub on Big Pine Key, Florida. Superb pizza, too. Turned out the chef…