I continue to look for interestingly complex recipes to cook and share on this blog (though I’ll admit this is neither a major theme nor the sole purpose of this site to share recipes) and occasionally I’ll post one. But then other times I like to retreat to something more simple and remind my readers of two things: First, that this is not a space only about cast iron cooking, and that “cast iron guy” is more of a mindset and philosophy for living than an advice column on frying pans, and; Second, that I do love cooking with cast iron and sometimes that is something super simple and super basic and results in a clean, delicious meal. Like frying…

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A friend of mine killed her starter. Dead. I didn’t ask how. Vacations. Life. A summer heat wave. It happens. So a few days later I just split mine and delivered one half it to her in a plastic pouch. Problem solved, and she could go back to baking loaves. This marks the third time I’ve split my mother dough into some giftable offspring. Sharing starter starter seems to me to be almost a core tradition embedded deep in the subculture and shared process of breadmaking. Starting a new starter from scratch is not difficult, of course, but neither is it a quick process. Even if your newly gathered and grown starter is ready to use in a couple of…

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