Country Loaf and Smoked Cheese Fondue

It’s often said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I would have to argue that the way to anyone’s heart is through good food. Cooking for the ones you love, romantically or platonically, is one of the sincerest ways to show that you care. And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better way to spend that ridiculously over-marketed holiday than in the kitchen whipping up a festive dinner with family, friends or the object of your affection. And let’s steer right past the aphrodisiac food clichés and go for something fun: fondue!

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Sourdough Discard Cornbread

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.

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Grilled Flatbread Pizzas

Summer is soon coming to an end soon, so what better way to commemorate the season than with a grilled pizza party, utilizing toppings that make the most of that lingering summer produce.  The dough for this pizza is an extremely versatile flatbread, making it ideal for a build your own pizza set-up.  The recipe also includes directions for baking in the oven.

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