Sourdough Starter
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I made a wild yeast sourdough starter, and learned quite a bit about how to start one, properly maintain one, and troubleshoot it when it’s not doing what you expect. This post is about starting your starter, and how to tell when it’s ready to use.

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Food

White Bread

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I made white bread! It’s not the best loaf I’ve ever seen, but I think it’s a really solid first try.

Tres Leches Birthday Cake
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For my birthday, I made a tres leches cake using Alton Brown’s recipe. I added a little spice and made a fruit compote topping. I was very pleased with my birthday cake!

Tuesday was my Pod’s birthday, and the standing tradition is that I bake him cupcakes for his birthday, because he doesn’t like birthday cake. This year, I took his love for the microcake, and his love for snickerdoodle cupcakes, and mashed them into yummy snickerdoodle cupcakes!

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My brother left bananas in the car. When I found them, they were far too ripe to eat, but perfect for making banana bread with! Here is the recipe, so you too can do something with your brown bananas.

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I found the most amazing blog post on The Crafty Penguin on these really pretty (and as it turns out, really yummy) vanilla sugar cookies with glace icing. My friend Sonia was here visiting, and we decided to attempt to make these cookies. “How hard could it be?”, we thought. Turns out, when you’re us, everything can go wrong!