Last year we tackled sourdough on the blog with a post all about how to make and take care of a starter, as well as a basic sourdough loaf. Now the thing about sourdough starter is that you have to deal with something called discard. Basically, in order for a wild yeast starter to stay active and at peak leavening capability, it needs to be fed consistently. Since I don’t bake with my starter all the time, it is usually being stored in the fridge, which slows it down and requires less frequent feedings. However, when I am ready to bake with it, there is a 2-4 four day process of feeding it several times a day to get it back to being active enough to leaven loaves of bread. Each of those feedings requires me to dump off a portion so I don’t end up with a gallon of starter. That is why you dump part of it. Not because there is anything wrong with it, but because if you didn’t, then you’d quickly have way more starter than you could ever need. But, instead of just throwing away the discard, it can be added to other baked goods. While it will need help with leaven, it will still impart that wonderfully tangy sourdough flavor.
September is here, and while it is still pretty hot in California, I’m already thinking about all the delicious soups and stews I can make for the coming fall/winter months. Growing up, my mom used to make these heavenly things called Beer Rolls to go with soup. More like a drop biscuit than a roll, they basically consisted of a can of Budweiser and Bisquick. She’d also throw in a couple tablespoons of wheat germ, because that was her answer for most foods she deemed unhealthy. Later on, she decided Bisquick was just too unhealthy to have in the house at all, and sadly Beer Rolls went away. Until now! With a 2-for-1 in this post, I created a homemade Bisquick mix you can keep in your fridge for several months, and then recreated and renamed those delicious Beer Biscuits (Rolls).
As October comes to an end, thoughts turn to November which automatically makes me think of all that I am thankful for. I am beginning to plan the items I will make for our family’s Thanksgiving feast and of course I’ve already begun my Christmas shopping. As I think on these upcoming events, I am reminded of how blessed I am. How I have so many loving people in my life. I am reminded how important it is to reach out and show love to someone in need. Maybe its a coworker, the next door neighbor, or your child’s teacher or coach. Maybe you’ve wanted to reach out but didn’t know how. My thought is that food is a wonderful key to open the door to a persons heart and that is why we have a special recipe for you along with a special announcement.