Friday, July 30, 2010

Camping and Sourdough

I grew up in rural California. For fun during the summer, my older sister, her friends, and I - the perpetual tag along - would "camp out" in our back yards. We pitched our tents, cooked over the fire, and, as the graveyard was only a block from our house, told truly horrifying ghost stories, which usually meant I ended up back in my own bed.

Beth Sanders' yard was our favorite camping spot. Her mom, the coolest mom ever, introduced us to shish kabobs, smocking, Norwegian cookies, sourdough pancakes, and much, much more. This summer, my sister Beth reintroduced me to fabulous sourdough pancakes. She sent me home with some of her started, but we had a little accident, and...oops! Let's just say, I had to buy some on line.

Over the years, I've had various batches of sourdough starter, but this latest batch from Mistee and Ray Vinzant of Juneau, Alaska is one of the best, apart from my sister's of course. It comes with instructions and recipes. I've tried the pancakes and bread. Both turned out light, fluffy, and a bit tangy - just the way sourdough should be.

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