Peanut Butter Soup for the Soul

I wanted to highlight a little goodness in the world amid ever-harrowing headlines. The catastrophic flooding in Louisiana in August this year left hundreds of dogs and cats homeless, hungry and scared. Local shelters had to scramble for food and supplies to care for them. To help ensure these animals had enough food while they waited […]

Buttery Butternut Squash Rolls and Wisconsin Chili

A thirty-something went dancing, and now she cannot bend either leg. I won’t say who. But I’m sure butter will help.   Buttery Butternut Squash Rolls and Wisconsin Chili Adapted from Food and Wine 1 1/4 cups whole milk 1/2 cup butternut squash puree 2 tablespoons sugar One cup of sourdough starter 1 large egg, […]

Chocolate Orange Hazelnut Biscotti

It’s a Stormy Monday. Mondays are best tolerated with cookies. For this I am grateful to my Sourdough Surprises group for this month’s prompt: biscotti. Biscotti means twice (bis) cooked (cotti). I was reading about how biscotti cookies were the preferred snack of warriors in ancient times because they kept so well. As I start […]

Dim Sum Char Siu Bao and New Years Resolution Haiku

There is something paradoxically restful in the chaos of family visits over the holidays. The reassurance of roots, of home—the reminder of belonging. I made my Sourdough Surprises challenge early this month to take advantage of the New Year’s symbolism inherent in Chinese dumplings, the pork filling representing the prosperity and treasure tucked into every year, […]

Lettuce Turnip the Beet McMuffin

Each man is a half-open door/leading to a room for everyone, wrote Tomas Tranströmer. This line is ever on my heart at the Thanksgiving table, the very place a hallway for kindred souls. Each face a doorway; each smile the light beneath it. So grateful to have my brother visiting Minnesota for the first time. […]

Tartine English Muffins

Tonight the first snow of winter shall fall upon our home—the coop has been revamped with a heated water tank, heat lamps, fresh hay and newly insulated walls—and yet, Betty White, in all her wisdom, decided that this would be a great time to molt. I hereby initiate the Save Betty campaign. I’m looking for […]

Zucchini Cinnamon Chip Granola Bars

Thank you, Protein Bars. I know you’re a candy bar, and you know you’re a candy bar, but I’m glad we can share in this lie together. This month’s Sourdough Surprises challenge reminded me of this Tonight Show Thank You Note—granola bars. I’m from Portland, Oregon so granola is not only a noun but a […]