April 1 was more than a day of playing practical jokes on friends, coworkers, and family members. It also happens to be National Sourdough Bread day! Relax. Not all breads are equally bad on the carb list. The unique nature of sourdough bread actually reduces the amount of bad carbs. In the extended fermentation that produces sourdough starter, nutrients such as iron, zinc and magnesium, antioxidants, folic acid and other B vitamins become easier for our bodies to absorb. A great low glycemic index bread recipe that can be made healthier by substituting some or all the flour for wheat. Sourdough makes for making great French Toast, bruschetta, bread pudding, stuffing, or croutons.
Here’s the recipes from the Junior League of Little Rock: Little Rock Cooks:
Pour 1 cup milk into a non-metal bowl or jar and let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Add 1 cup all-purpose flour and stir. Leave uncovered in a warm place for 2 to 5 days.
After it becomes bubbly and it smells sour it can be used in recipes. Maintain about 1 ½ cups at all times. When you use some, replace it with 1 cup milk and 1 cup all-purpose flour. Let set overnight and then refrigerate. (Do not cover the starter with a tight lid. Best practice is to use a clean dish cloth that is secured with rubber bands.)
Yield: 2 loaves
1 cup starter
1 ½ cups warm water
4 cups all-purpose flour + 2 cups all-purpose flour (keep separate)
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp salt
½ tsp baking sodaPreheat oven to 400°
We all have stories, and the stories that our chefs tell with their food are so important to us! Meet Chef Zara Abbasi Wilkerson, pastry chef at Natchez Restaurant. What makes this Arkansas chef tick?
We've said it before and we'll say it again: the way to our heart is through our stomach. Tasty gifts and experiences are truly some of the best to give and receive. What really ups the ante, though? A gift made in or inspired by the great state of Arkansas.
We've rounded up four ways to make your Valentine's Day a very Arkansas holiday!
1. Arkansan artisan chocolates from Cocoa Rouge
This ain't your drugstore box of chocolates. Ashton Woodward of Arkansas Fresh Bakery continues a line of gourmet Belgian chocolate-making with his beautiful chocolate assortments, hand-made in Bryant. Available at Eggshells are three different sizes, making them suitable for all sorts of giving--sweethearts, teachers, and everyone in between!
Ashton was nice enough to give us a sample box once. We may have downed the whole thing in one sitting. You've been warned.
2. Recipes using delicious Arkansas products
You don't have to fight the Valentine's crowd for an amazing Italian meal. Why not make a recipe using Bonta Toscana, a versatile Tuscan garlic sauce made by Little Rock resident Amy Bradley-Hole?
We love these zucchini parmesan crisps with Tuscan garlic dipping sauce from Kevin Shalin or this lasagna recipe from Steve Shuler of Little Rock Foodcast, but the possibilities for deliciousness are endless!
3. Write your love story using Arkansas landmarks
Remember your first date? Love your favorite restaurant? Did you meet at Central High School? Use coasters made by South Austin Gallery featuring local landmarks to write out your own personal story.
4. Take a cooking class
Eggshells brings Arkansas's best and brightest gourmets to you with our series of cooking classes. They are an intimate, fun look into the culinary landscape of Arkansas--and they are the perfect date night! Check out our cooking class schedule and reserve your seats!