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Reopening my Blog – So Grateful to All of You.

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Hello everyone! As the new year draws to a close and a brand new year is just about to begin, I’ve decided to reopen my blog and continue on with my newest book, “100% Sourdough.”

The last several years have been devastating for me. I fled an abusive marriage which lasted 30 years. I thought things would get better and in some ways they did, but leaving an abusive person is the most difficult thing anyone can do (well in my opinion).

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We survived and now we are now hoping to move but I have no idea where we are going next, so security still eludes us (I still have my two youngest at home). I am living in a shop for now, it is sort of like camping. However, I have a usable electric oven and I have been baking plenty, just not able to do a lot of blogging. Some of my blog posts have been on my daughter’s site at: Primal Kitchen Company Blog

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I am planning on revamping my site and my blog with a new look, so check back and see what’s going on. I also would like to open my site to guest baker bloggers. So if anyone wants to post as a guest baker, please contact me and let me know, I will set you up with a sign in. Otherwise, if you are already blogging and would like me to feature or shout out your posts, let me know.

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The baking ability of the sourdough home baker has skyrocketed since I began this journey over ten years ago. This is amazing and just what we were aiming for, those of us that tried to figure it out how to bake sourdough in the beginning when knowledge was scarce and it was impossible to find help.

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We now have a large group on Facebook called: Perfect Sourdough and another one for advanced bakers and bakeries called: Artisan Bakers. My Northwest Sourdough page is on Facebook too. The formula for the Bread picture posted at the top is posted in the group Perfect Sourdough under Potato Water Sourdough, but I will do a post here soon on it and the double hydration technique used to bake up this lovely bread.

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When I look back at the beginning of this blog, I have to laugh! I have come a long way too, especially with your help and support along the way. Happy Baking Friends!

Some of the stuff I’ve been baking:

 

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The fundraiser to help us get into a decent home is almost over, if anyone feels moved to donate, you can help us out here :

 

My book “Discovering Sourdough,” is available here.

Thank you! Happy New Year!

 

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12 Comments

  1. Lin Lin
    January 27, 2015    

    I’m sooooo happy to see your blog back up – congratulations! Your courage and story are inspiring. I’ve been making and adapting your Basic white sourdough for about 3 years now. It’s my go to recipe. THANK YOU THERESA!!! You’re amazing!

  2. January 24, 2015    

    A very heartfelt thanks to those of you who have contributed to our fundraiser above. You’ll notice in the videos that I focus on the bread and you don’t get to see the rest of the place. We are saving to move into a real home and are living in a shop right now. So your donation is VERY GRATEFULLY accepted and we (me and my two teens) thank you!

  3. Wartface Wartface
    January 15, 2015    

    Teresa…

    I’m glad you did the right thing and I’m sure your kids are too. I know I was when my mother saved us from our abusive father way back then. Your new life will be much better because you get to make all of the decisions with no one there to undermine your success. God be with you.

    NW Sourdough taught me to bake sourdough bread. I had relied on the King Arthur site at first and got nothing but doorstops and hockey pucks. Then one day when I was text chatting with one of the moderators about another failed attempt on a loaf she texted to me that if I really wanted to concentrate on sourdough bread… I should google Northwestsourdough.com. I did that and all of your guys walked me through the process quiet quickly. Shasta was my go to guy. He told me to get rid of my fancy machines and learn to make the dough by hand. He taught me to understand my starter and how to tell when it was ready to use. He taught me how to properly shape my bread. He taught me how to score my loaves to get good ears. Thanks to you, Northwest Sourdough and your team I can now make excellent sourdough bread. It would be nice if you could rebuild your website into what it once was.

    Good luck in your new life and any new venture you chose.

    • January 24, 2015    

      Hi Wartface (sounds more like a sourdough crust!), I am sorry you had an abusive childhood and I am so glad your mom got away. I am happy you found me here and you’ve been baking. Shasta is an invaluable helper to me and he is a great baker as well. We can be found on Facebook on the group, Perfect Sourdough here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/perfectsourdough/ I hope to see you there!

  4. Kathy McVey Kathy McVey
    January 14, 2015    

    so glad to see you back, have missed you. been there done that, it slowly gets better. will keep you in my prayers. all the best.

    kathy

    • January 24, 2015    

      Thank you Kathy, I am so sorry you know what I’ve been through. Your kindness warms my heart! 🙂

  5. Erin Erin
    December 31, 2014    

    Dear Teresa,

    Hang in there, girl! I have been there and can honestly say, it will get better. Leaving a bad marriage is a huge adjustment, and takes courage every day. You are so generous to come back to your blog, and keep offering your invaluable assistance to other bakers. Truly, your safety and well-being is a gift to us all!

    All the Best,
    Erin

    • January 24, 2015    

      Thank you Erin, sorry you’ve been there. No one should ever have to be in an abusive relationship. I am happy to be back!

  6. December 31, 2014    

    Hi Teresa,
    I send you greetings from the Czech Republic. We all at home cross fingers for you.
    Thank you for my progres in sourdough bread, you are one of mine teachers in sourdough baking.
    Happy New Year.
    Petr

  7. Muna Muna
    December 30, 2014    

    Thank you so very much for allowing me and others who are interested to learn from your experience.
    I love your breads and have been checking your blog frequently just in case the potato recipe is open to borrow. Today is my lucky day

    Wishing you and family all the best in the new year. The best is yet to come no doubt 🙂

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