Dear Sourdough Starter (plus a recipe!),

Beautiful sourdough baguette! Photo credit/Connie Ma

Beautiful sourdough baguette! Photo credit/Connie Ma

A few months ago, I wanted to make bread, but I had a problem: I didn’t want to buy a an $8 jar of baker’s yeast because I probably wouldn’t use most of it and the unused yeast would just die. I also didn’t want to buy some of the little packets of yeast because that’s ultimately, like, one-third of the yeast for the same amount of money.

So I had a brilliant idea: I will get myself a gooey mess of active yeast and bacteria that has to be periodically fed with flour and water lest it dies, thereby forever creating more work for myself just so I don’t have to shell out $8 for a jar of yeast.

That, my friends, is how I got a sourdough starter.

Dear pumpkin spoon bread,

Pumpkin spoon bread from Bon Appetit

Pumpkin spoon bread from Bon Appetit

It’s November aka pumpkin season. I went out on a limb and tried my hand at this pumpkin spoon bread. It was weirdly good. I guess I anticipated more sweetness – for some weird reason – but the spices are a really nice complement to mulled wine or hot apple cider.

Thanks pumpkin spoon bread! Next time, I’m taking you to a Thanksgiving feast.

Love,
A