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Back to Basics Sourdough Boules and My Butter Board Experiment

In 2020, COVID jumpstarted my forays into sourdough baking and my starter - that I was gifted from a friend - was named Dough-ba Fett. He flourished. I made boule after boule; I even used Dough-ba in English Muffins , Puff Pastry , and Croissants . But, after two and a half years, I murdered Dough-ba. Yikes! Well, it was really more of neglect than malice. And, when I went to grab Dough-ba's jar from the fridge, he was completely dried and a little bit molded.  I hopped into the Secret Sourdough Society to which I belong and asked if anyone local to me had some starter to share. I drove over, picked up the starter, and fed it as soon as I returned home. Then I fed and discarded throughout the week until my new starter was bubbly and vigorous.  In fact, he made quite a mess! It was just in time for making some boules before my mother-in-law and father-in-law arrived for a quick visit. I know she loves my bread. When I was actively baking boules all the time, I experimented with diff
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Black Trumpet Flatbread + 2018 Cuda Ridge Merlot #MerlotME #WinePW #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Cuda Ridge Wines, one of the #MerlotMe event sponsors.  Complimentary wine was provided for this post and this page may contain affiliate links.  However, all opinions expressed here are my own. The month of Merlot begins now! When #MerlotME rolls around, I always have a nice selection of bottles to pair. And since I have always loved pairing mushrooms with Merlot - and because my mushroom-averse child is off at college and unable to ruin my mushroom dishes with his eye-rolling and complaining - I decided to put mushrooms on the tables as often as I'd like. Here continues my parade of Merlot + Mushroom pairings for #MerlotME 2022! I have already shared my Three Mushroom Pâté + J. Lohr 2020 Los Osos Merlot . 2018 Cuda Ridge Merlot This year I received a bottle of Merlot from new-to-me Cuda Ridge Wines. And I was delighted to try a wine from Livermore Valley. Though it's not that far from where I am in California I rarely have wine

Sweet-Tart Smoothie Bowl #SundayFunday #GlobalSmoothieDay

Today the #SundayFunday bloggers are sharing recipes ahead of October 3rd's Global Smoothie Day. Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm is hosting and asked us to share a smoothie of our choosing. Here's the line-up... Karen’s Kitchen Stories: 30 Second Smoothie   A Day in the Life on the Farm: Banana Pumpkin Smoothie   Sneha’s Recipe: Mixed Fruit Smoothie   Palatable Pastime: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie   Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Sweet-Tart Smoothie Bowl Now you can make smoothies that you serve with a straw. But I prefer to make smoothie bowls that I serve with a spoon. These are thicker than smoothies and a fun way to play with different toppings and textures. I make mine with frozen fruit and top it with fresh fruits and homemade granola. You can watch me make my Easy Granola on the CulinaryCam YouTube Channel . These smoothie bowls are easy to make, nutrient-dense, and so flexible to get creative. This bowl gets

Fernet-Branca Chocolate Chunk Cookies #CooktheBooks

  For the October-November selection of  Cook the Books , Simona from  Briciole  invited the group to read  Cooking with Fernet-Branca  by James Hamilton-Paterson. You can read what she wrote here . Join the fun, if you wish, because you still have almost two months before the deadline. I'll start with this: I don't really have a sense of humor. I kept shaking my head as I read this, especially the recipes, and thought, "This has to be a joke, right?" Then I ran some of the passages by my trio who all just said - satire! Fine. Still, this is one of the strangest books I've read in a long time. Cooking with Fernet-Branca  tells the story of two expatriates. Gerald is an English snob and amateur cook who makes his living as a ghostwriter; Marta is a composer from an organized crime family in a (made up?!?) former Soviet Republic country. They are next door neighbors living on a mountaintop in Tuscany and appear to despise each other despite their constant meetings a

The Letters to Juliet #MoviesandMunchies Round-Up + Wild Huckleberry Swirl Gelato

This month, I hosted the online Movies & Munchies group and asked the crew to watch Letters to Juliet. You can read my invitation here . Our group is small and mighty, but the posts always make me hungry. The Recipe Round-Up Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm shared her  Mushroom Spaghetti . Wendy shared: "There was quite a bit of food inspiration.  When the film first starts Sophie is hand fed fresh spaghetti by her fiance.  When they first arrive in Verona her fiance is going to a conference about truffles and is very upset when Claire can't understand why he would want to sit in a class about mushrooms.  He corrects her, dispelling the notion that truffles are just a mushroom. Mushrooms show up again at the end of the film convincing me that I wanted to make a pasta recipe that starred mushrooms." Terri of Our Good Life posted Letters to Juliet Inspired Mushroom Risotto . Terri sets the stage: "A group of Italian women, Juliet's secretaries, answers ea

Three Mushroom Pâté + J. Lohr 2020 Los Osos Merlot #WinePW #MerlotME #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf J. Lohr Vineyards, one of the #MerlotMe event sponsors.  Complimentary wine was provided for this post and this page may contain affiliate links.  However, all opinions expressed here are my own. Let the month of Merlot commence! When #MerlotME rolls around, I always have a nice selection of bottles to pair. Because I have always loved pairing mushrooms with Merlot - and because my mushroom-averse child is off at college and unable to ruin my mushroom dishes with his eye-rolling and complaining - I decided to make a Mushroom Pâté with three different mushrooms to go with the 2020 J. Lohr Merlot from Paso Robles. Here begins my parade of Merlot + Mushroom pairings for #MerlotME 2022! J. Lohr 2020 Los Osos Merlot Though this wine is from the Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, Jerry Lohr has ties to my neck of the woods. Lohn first planted grapes in Monterey's Arroyo Seco district in the 1970s. Then he saw potential in the Paso Ro

Fagioli all’Uccelletto + Allegrini's 2019 Valpolicella #ItalianFWT

This month the Italian Food Wine Travel bloggers are writing about Valpolicella wines with Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm leading the discussion. If you are reading this early enough, feel free to join our live chat on Twitter on Saturday, October 1st at 8am Pacific. Follow the hashtag #ItalianFWT and be sure to add it to anything you tweet so we can see it. Valpolicella, said Wendy. Okay, I said. It was time to do some reading and tasting. Raise your hand if you’ve heard of it? If you’re an Italian wine buff, you probably already know a thing or two about this wine-making region. If not, sit back, relax, and let us take you on a guided tour.  Here's the line-up of #ItalianFWT articles about Valpolicella... Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla serves up Fagioli all’Uccelletto + Allegrini's 2019 Valpolicella Cindy of Grape Experiences is  Romancing the Menu: Valpolicella, Classic Lasagna and “Letters to Juliet” Jennifer of Vino Travels shares  Cooperatives In Valpoli