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How to Make a Sourdough Starter

Love sourdough breads?  Wondering how to make your own sourdough starter?  It’s easy.  While the internet is full of sourdough starter recipes that call for odd ingredients like pineapple juice, orange juice, potato flakes or sugar water, to make a truly good sourdough starter you need just three things: flour, water and time.  It’s easy,… 

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Good Questions: Einkorn, Spelt, Emmer, Farro and Heirloom Wheat

In recent weeks, a glut of questions about ancient and heirloom grains and wheat have arrived in my inbox.  I hope this means that readers are beginning to re-embrace the idea of enjoying grains once again, though they still tend to be viewed as the “bad boy” of the ancestral health movement, with books like… 

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Traditional Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough pancakes keep us going through the winter when the days are short and cold.  They have staying power – like soaked porridge or baked oatmeal.  As my grandfather said, sourdough pancakes make for a breakfast that’ll stick to your ribs.  And on those cold days when we make our way outside for sledding or snowshoeing,… 

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Our Daily Bread: No-knead Sourdough

No-knead sourdough bread, with crisp crust and its ballooning airy pockets in the crumb, is our favorite bread.   And, recently, I’ve taken the time to return to the kitchen and my roots within traditional foods by embracing the pleasure breads, grains and pulses bring to the kitchen table in addition to all those lovely fats,… 

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Anytime Cookies (Fruit-sweetened and Grain-free)

As kids we were always told that cookies were not an acceptable meal for breakfast. I’d like to know who made up that rule, and then tell them that I’m breaking it. I let my 18 month old eat these cookies for breakfast. They’re made with all natural ingredients so even though they’re cookies, I… 

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Sole Meuniere

Sole meunière is heavenly – slightly crispy, dripping with brown butter and infused with lemon and parsley.  For all its flavor of citrus, butter and fresh parsley, sole meunière is so simple to prepare at home, and like all of the most nourishing dishes, it s its very simplicity that is so appealing. And everything, everything, is… 

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Blueberry Almond Crumb Muffins

The Thing About Blueberries . . . is that they don’t grind their Harleys over the hot desert tarmac, or throw eight-course dinner parties at Monet’s garden in Giverny, or eat jellied eels from a stall in London.  Because – let’s face it – blueberries are homebodies. Plump, delectable little delights that know all too… 

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Coconut Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple upside down cake reminds me of my childhood and the countless afternoons I spent watching my mother play bridge or mah jongg with her friends and the Wednesday evening potlucks at our local church. She always brought one of three dishes to those potlucks: spaghetti pie, seven layer dip or pineapple upside down cake.  I… 

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How to Bake with Coconut Flour: Tips & Tricks for Using this Gluten-free Flour

Have you heard about the benefits of baking with coconut flour? As the interest in grain-free diets continues to rise, many cooks are looking to coconut flour for their baking.  Baking with coconut flour presents unique challenges as coconut flour does not perform the same as grain-based flours in baking; that is, baking with coconut… 

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A Recipe: Sourdough Challah with Poppy Seeds

Whole wheat sourdough challah, fragrant with olive oil and honey, is a nourishing bread – rich, flavorful and worth the extra effort it takes to lovingly prepare the dough, roll out the strands and intricately braid the loaves.  While typically prepared from refined white flour, vegetable oil or margarine and refined white sugar, challah is,… 

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