Monday, January 10, 2011

Adventures in Sourdough PLUS Blog Award

I'm starting a sourdough starter... or trying to.  I have some very sour smelling batter, but no bubbles.  I may try another batch at the same time using Professor Calvel's Instructions.  He seems to know his stuff.  If you try starting some sourdough now, we can make bread and cookies together!

NEXT-DAY UPDATE:  I have bubbles!  My starter doesn't stink anymore.  I might be ready to bake with it.  However, I feel an obligation to disclose that I cheated.  Yesterday I stopped feeding my starter and in the evening I added the tiniest pinch of dairy-free probiotics and about 6 grains of dry store-bought yeast.  I thought it might speed along the process of balancing the bacteria and the yeast, which is necessary to get past stinky sour and onto good beer sour.  Now I'm going to fold laundry while watching the sourdough episode of the Frugal Gourmet (In 3 parts on YouTube).  In part 3 he says "Talk to the dough!...  Grandma never needed to see a shrink ... Grandmas talked to their dough."

This week I was nominated for the Stylish Blogger Award by Healthy Eating for Ordinary People.  I am honored that my baby blog has been recognized as a happening spot in the Blogosphere!

So now it's my turn.  In order to accept this award I must:

  • Make a post + Link back to the person who awarded you this award!
  • Share 7 things about yourself!
  • Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers so we can share the love!
  • Contact these bloggers and tell them they've won!
So...7 things about myself: I grew up in Florida, but I love Pittsburgh.  I think my daughter is a creative genius, my son will be a great cook, and my baby is the sweetest, happiest kido in the world.  I used to love fried calamari, but now I love healthy, kosher food... and New York cheesecake (not that fluffy Israeli stuff).  I love to sew, and I design things when I don't have time or fabric to sew.  I think my whole extended family should move to Israel.  I'm short and my kitchen and apartment were designed by tall people.  I love singing loudly to music when no one is around, and listening to The Splendid Table, and This American Life.

I don't know if I can think of 15 recently discovered bloggers who haven't already been awarded, but here are some awesome blogs I recently discovered:

If you'd like to read more great blogs, look at my blog roll or back track through the nominees to see who they nominated.  That's what I plan to do right now!


  1. I grew up in Florida too! what part are you from? I lived in Ft. Laud area and my hubs lived in miami! then we lived in pensacola and tallahassee and all over! Not anymore thouhg =( I totally miss it!

    hooray kosher! <3


  2. Congrats on your blog award.

    Curious to see how your bread turns out.


  3. thanks. I actually made chocolate sour dough cookies with rosewater. I'll probably post it next week.



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