Making a Rye Sour

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I made corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day dinner last week.  Actually, I’d started making the corned beef the week before, making a brine and soaking the brisket in the fridge for a week before finally boiling (simmering, really) it and the requisite potatoes and cabbage and carrots.  (Turnips and other root vegetables would also be traditional, but I didn’t want a TON of leftovers. 

What I did want was the left over corned beef.  I used some of it make corned beef hash over the weekend, and used some more of it last night when I made a Reuben for my husband for dinner. 

He loves a good Reuben.

Sourdough Hotcakes – Plain or Blueberry

  Hungry? And those are turkey sausages on the plate with the hotcakes.  I handed this plate to Alex after I shot a bunch of "action shots" as I poured the syrup.  6 blueberry hotcakes (the blueberries are more visible on the undersides of the cakes) swimming in syrup.  For the record, he ate 8Continue reading “Sourdough Hotcakes – Plain or Blueberry”

Sourdough Hotcakes – Plain or Blueberry

  Hungry? And those are turkey sausages on the plate with the hotcakes.  I handed this plate to Alex after I shot a bunch of "action shots" as I poured the syrup.  6 blueberry hotcakes (the blueberries are more visible on the undersides of the cakes) swimming in syrup.  For the record, he ate 8Continue reading “Sourdough Hotcakes – Plain or Blueberry”

Sourdough Hotcakes – Plain or Blueberry

  Hungry? And those are turkey sausages on the plate with the hotcakes.  I handed this plate to Alex after I shot a bunch of "action shots" as I poured the syrup.  6 blueberry hotcakes (the blueberries are more visible on the undersides of the cakes) swimming in syrup.  For the record, he ate 8Continue reading “Sourdough Hotcakes – Plain or Blueberry”

Sourdough Hotcakes – Plain or Blueberry

  Hungry? And those are turkey sausages on the plate with the hotcakes.  I handed this plate to Alex after I shot a bunch of "action shots" as I poured the syrup.  6 blueberry hotcakes (the blueberries are more visible on the undersides of the cakes) swimming in syrup.  For the record, he ate 8Continue reading “Sourdough Hotcakes – Plain or Blueberry”

Sourdough – The Second Batch of Bread

  This is the other basic sourdough recipe in Ruth Allman's book Alaska Sourdough.  While the first recipe I used – the "Quick and Easy" one – contains additional yeast and baking soda to aid in the rise, this recipe does not.  In this batch we rely completely on the power of our starter.  And,Continue reading “Sourdough – The Second Batch of Bread”

Sourdough – The First Loaf

I forgot to mention yesterday that I've settled on "Stinky" as a name for my sourdough.  After all that smelly excitement during the first days of fermentation, it seems fitting. Anyway, after giving Stinky a good feeding Saturday afternoon, he was all set to go on Sunday. I went with a simple recipe from RuthContinue reading “Sourdough – The First Loaf”

Sourdough Update – A Great Relief

Yesterday afternoon, after the glorious discovery that it smelled – at last – like sourdough, I thought I’d better go ahead and set it up for baking. In sourdough parlance, I had to “set the starter,” which you do by feeding it the night before you plan to bake so that it’s all bubbly andContinue reading “Sourdough Update – A Great Relief”

We Have Sourdough!

After the olefactory stress I've been experiencing for the past several days, as I described in yesterday's post (the crossed-out parts, heh heh), I am VERY happy to report that as of this morning MY SOURDOUGH STARTER SMELLS LIKE SOURDOUGH!!!!!!!!!!! It really, really does.  Woo hoo!!!! And I think I know the secret now, andContinue reading “We Have Sourdough!”