I’ve neglected this blog for quite some time now. Life is always busy. Summer was absolutely insane and I thought once the boys were back in school things would change, they are just as busy if not busier. I think I’ve finally come to realize that our lives will always be busy, at least until the boys are older.
Along with that realization is a decision to change the direction of the blog. I simply don’t have time to develop recipes as much anymore. As a result, expect to see more cookbook reviews along with recipes tried from cookbooks or just photos of what I throw together to feed my hungry growing boys.
So today I’ll share my most recent cookbook purchase and obsession, Artisan Sourdough Made Simple by Emilie Raffa. For those of you that have an offspring of Celia’s Priscilla sourdough starter you may already know Emilie, also author The Clever Cookbook and The Clever Carrot blog.
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It’s May and spring is in full force here in South Carolina. I originally had several things I was going to put in this In My Kitchen post, including things I’ve forgotten in recent months. But then the weather got gorgeous and all I can think about is how much I am loving spring!
Thanks to the lovely Maureen over at Orgasmic Chef for this monthly roundup. It’s always fun to peak into bloggers’ kitchens and see what is happening around this world. I may be excited about spring here, but people in the southern hemisphere is welcoming autumn after a long summer.
So back to my excitement about spring. Two foods shout “spring” to me, asparagus and strawberries. Since our garden asparagus didn’t do too terribly well (or it shot up before we noticed) I’ll stick with a strawberry theme for now. This past weekend the boys and I went strawberry picking at Cottle Strawberry Farm. I’ve been taking the boys there since they were babies in a carrier. It’s a family outing I look forward to every spring.
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This morning I made my first loaf of sourdough using Scarlett, daughter of Priscilla. Thanks to Celia for sending the starter, I think we are going to be having lots of fun with this!!
Once Sean saw the camera come out he insisted on being in some of the pictures! Of course if it meant eating bread he definitely wanted some of that!! He helped me eat the first piece, my personal favorite. Give me an end piece with lots of crust and life is very good.
He also enjoyed a ham sandwich for lunch.
Overall I’m pleased with my first loaf of sourdough. I still have plenty to learn and practice, but I’m fine with that. The family is more than fine to eat all the loaves in the meantime until I master it!