Sunday, September 1, 2013

Summer Recap

I'm not sure if any of you noticed, but I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging this summer.  I also took a hiatus from cooking.  It has been a hot one here in Portland, Oregon this summer!  Last summer I baked bread all summer long trying to develop the best bread flour mix for all of you here.  This summer I made bread only twice.  Baking wasn't at the top of my list when the kitchen was already 90 degrees!

I also travelled quite a bit this summer.  I attended a cousin's wedding back home in Carson City, Nevada where I grew up.  I helped rescue a hawk with a broken wing there.  (We called W.A.I.F. and they came and picked up the bird.)  I stayed at a fire lookout tower in southern Oregon.  I went to a family reunion in Bend.  I did quite a bit of camping, and my garden is going gangbusters!

Now I'm back at home and ready to dig in and cook up some new recipes.  Something to look forward to this autumn will be some really great information on how to make sourdough bread.  I've been developing some recipes and new methods to create a sourdough starter in just a few days - rather than the typical way which takes a few weeks.  I am really excited to share all the things I've learned!  I'll also be working on creating some new recipes that will save time in the kitchen, like a quick and easy pie crust recipe.

I'll leave you with some photos of my summer.  Come back and check in with me again soon to see my new recipes!

At the fire lookout

This is the hawk I helped to rescue.  His right wing was broken.
My first garden tomato of the year, July 10th
Easy Pie Crust

Some serious sourdough research going on


Jé said...

Glad to have you back! looks like you enjoyed a nice summer. Me too, I've been busy on the sourdough experimentation and I'm looking forward to exchanging tips and tricks.

Gina Kelley said...

Jé - Glad you had a good summer too! I took a break from sourdough but I'm looking forward to getting back into it.

Michele said...

Gina, I'm glad you're back! I've missed your recipes and beautiful food pictures!

Gina Kelley said...

Thank you, Michele! I'm excited about some of the recipes I have lined up for the blog.