For Christmas, my mother-in-law bought me a sourdough starter from Sourdo.com. Yes. Finally. Some of you might remember that I was asking for one back in June for Father's Day. This particular culture is of the Italian variety and comes from Ischia - right in the northern end of the Gulf of Naples.
The starter takes a few days of work to get started and requires some specific steps. The first of which includes getting the starter in a jar and bringing the temperature up while it proofs. This is my kitchen hack of a proofing box - a plastic tub with an Illini nightlight rigged inside. So far, so good. It is like a thick pancake batter.