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Mother's Day: Sourdough bread and homemade pizzas

Mother's Day: Sourdough bread and homemade pizzas

On my 10th birthday, my mother made pizza for dinner. I remember this for many reasons. Because it was my birthday, because I loved pizza, because my mother made very good pizza — long-rise yeasted dough — and because she did it all wheeling around our tiny Iowa kitchen on an office stool, as she’d just had major knee surgery. By the time I’d turned 10, I’d realized that coaching field hockey was oddly dangerous — she came home with black eyes from field hockey sticks or balls more than a few times — and that my mother was a terrific baker but a lousy cook. She made bread with whole grain flour, had a sourdough starter permanently in the back...

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