Making a Sourdough Starter!

Sourdough baking is an incredible baking adventure and it can begin in your kitchen today. It is an art and it is so rewarding to pull a crusty artisan or a soft sandwich loaf out of the oven. In the post we will begin in the very beginning of sourdough, starting with the first tablespoon of flour and water to make a starter. We will take you through the day by day steps to have a successful baking experience.

No-knead Sourdough Bread
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Salad Eggs Chicks THM-S

Children love these little chicks and what better day to make them than the first day of Spring. These eggs bring a smile to everyone’s face at potlucks and picnics. 

Chick Eggs

  • 8 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons Duke mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • paprika

Place eggs into a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, turn off heat and cover saucepan with lid for 10 minutes. Pour off hot water and add cold water and ice. Peel. Cut eggs in half and scope out yolks. Process yolks smooth in a food processor. Add mayonnaise, mustard, cream, and salt. Use either a small cookie scoop or pastry bag to fill eggs with yolk mixture. Sprinkle with paprika before serving. 16 salad egg halves or 8 whole salad chicks. THM S

To make baby chicks: cut the top 1/3 of the hard boiled egg off. Carefully remove the egg yolk. Process yolks as directed above. Pipe yolk mixture into the large white piece, mounding up to make a head for the eyes and beak. Add 2 whole cloves for the eyes and a carrot sliver for the beak. place the small white piece on top to look like a chick hatching.

**Instapot method to hard boil eggs. Place eggs on the metal rack in the Instapot. Add 1/2 cup water. Place lid on and set the timer for 3 minutes. Release pressure manually. Remove lid and place eggs in ice water.  Shell. 

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Barbecue Chicken Sourdough Personal Pan Pizza…THM-E

Who can resist a crispy chewy crust personal pan pizza? This Barbecue Chicken Pizza is just perfect paired with a large garden salad for a delightful THM-E meal. Sourdough is very easy to do and makes the best pizza crust. I use low-fat cheese to keep under 6 grams of fat and use cooked chicken breast. In the summertime I process garden tomatoes into Memphis Barbecue Sauce that is wonderful on this pizza.

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Sour Cream Raspberry Pie THM-S

Today, March 14th is National Pi Day!!! One way to celebrate is with a Sour Cream Raspberry Pie. For years I have had a Black Raspberry patch at the edge of my garden. They are my all time favorite berry. I do have red raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries plants but I love to walk through my black raspberry patch picking the plump juicy fruit the best. My children always hated the spring time when mom said it was time to trim raspberries. Leather gloves and long sleeves shirts were a must. Some summers my patch yielded over 130 pints but I have scaled it down to a more manageable size much to my children’s relief.

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Sourdough Doughnuts THM-XO

Fasnacht Day is tomorrow and widely celebrated in Lancaster County. The tradition of eating fastnachts on Fat Tuesday started with the Pennsylvania Dutch as they were looking for recipes to use up lard before Lent. Fastnacht is a German word which means “night before the fast. I have always saved the lard we make when we butcher hogs in the winter to fry doughnuts. These sourdough doughnuts are very tasty and our family loves them.

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Vanilla Oolong Tea Concentrate THM-FP

We, as mothers often find ourselves with too much to do and not enough of time to take care of ourselves. Teas and drinks help to keep me from snacking but they do take time to prepare. Here is an easy way to have oolong tea ready at your fingertips. I find that when I have these small jars of concentrate in my fridge, I drink much more. My youngest daughter can put the ingredients in the jars and even fill them with hot water using the Keurig. I hope this handy tip will help you in the busyness of life.

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Egg Salad THM FP

What do you do when you really want egg salad on a toasted piece of sourdough bread but you don’t want a crossover? Low-fat cottage cheese and mustard blended together, mixed with diced hard boiled egg whites added just the right touch to make a Fuel Pull Egg Salad that not only tasted wonderful but tricked the eyes in looking like it was made with whole eggs. It was delicious served on toasted Sourdough bread with slices of tomatoes, onions, and lettuces leaves. Serving it on sourdough bread made my lunch a E from the carbs in the bread but it also can be served on lettuce leaves for a FP.

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