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Strawberry and Rhubarb Tart

Our garden has the most prolific pair of rhubarb plants, and I’m doing my best to make the most of our abundant supply. There are countless lovely uses for the tart, astringent stalks of the plant (never eat the leaves – they are loaded with oxalic acid); the timeless strawberry rhubarb pie ranks high as a late Spring favorite.

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This is How We Do It: Sourdough Starter

By Kate Davies

I’ve been baking lots of bread at home lately. My current favorite recipe calls for a natural starter (also known as sourdough, or leaven), which sounded daunting until I actually tried it. If you can stir flour and water together, you’ve got this. It takes about 5 minutes per day to get your starter up and running, and once it’s alive and bubbling it takes about 5 minutes each week to maintain. If you’re like me, you might feel a sense of ownership and attachment; after all, this is your unique bread starter, cultivated from your environment and brought to life with your care. The longer your maintain your starter, the more strength and flavor it will develop.

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