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Home Town: Lowell, Michigan, USA
Living In: Lakeview, Ohio, USA
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
My husband is a catering chef and I also love to cook. We like to wow each other with our original recipes. He's proud of his apple glazed salmon stuffed with brie. I love to eat it. Most of my "wows" have been desserts.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make homemade pizzas, breaded chicken recipes and all sorts of yummy desserts!
Recipe Reviews 32 reviews
Plain and Simple Sourdough Bread
I'm at sea level and had to add nearly 1/4 cup of flour to get the dough to the right consistency, so at high altitudes I imagine even more flour would be needed. We made the first loaf exactly to the recipe and left the dough sticky - it rose again in a bread pan and made a passable loaf. The second time I added more flour and the loaf was really good. We don't like breaking teeth on rock hard crust, so we rub the whole loaf with a stick of butter while it's still hot from the oven (even the sides and bottom) and keep the loaf in a covered container to keep it soft. My husband likes a sweeter sourdough so the loaf that's in now has a couple of tablespoons of sugar in it. along with the extra flour. To those wishing for a recipe that called for only starter and no yeast - that isn't likely for a bread machine since the rising time for starter only without granulated yeast could be 3 or 4 hours easily and the bread machine rise time is less; therefore, SOME dry yeast is always going to be called for in the bread machine recipes. Do an internet search for "sourdough forum" and you'll come up with places that sourdough experts talk about their starters, their techniques and recipes... it's a great way to get help and ideas.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2011
Herman Pancakes
A very pleasing pancake! I used Sourdough Starter II starter from this site (made last night). I look forward to trying this with a more mature starter - it could only get better!!

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 29, 2011
Sourdough Starter II
It would be impossible to mess this up. This starter is foolproof! I personally think that yeast is overpriced, and although this is just making a strain of the store bought yeast, I'm OK with that because I make so much bread. I have to wait 9 days to use the grape fermented starter so I'm thrilled to find this quick fix for the sourdough lovers at my house.*UPDATE* I just let this starter bubble up overnight and then spent all day baking with it and feeding it and baking some more. It made lovely pancakes, scrumptious bread and I have plenty of starter left in the fridge to make lots more yummies tomorrow! WIN!!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2011
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