Ben Starr

The Ultimate Food Geek

  • Welcome to The Ultimate Food Geek

    Welcome to The Ultimate Food Geek

    I’m Ben Starr, and whether you discovered me by watching YouTube, MasterChef, HGTV, or The Rachael Ray Show, or if you’ve been a follower of my previous website, benstarr.com, across much of its 20 year existence, you are very welcome here. This site is currently focused on Simple Sourdough recipes, as that’s what’s hot on…


  • Whole Roasted Garlic Cloves (garlic confit)

    ***NOTE*** This method puts garlic (a known vector for botulism) into an anaerobic cooking environment…which gives it the potential to produce botulinin toxin, if the bacteria C. botulinum is present on the cloves. Followed correctly, this method largely minimizes the risk, and botulism is EXTREMELY rare. Still, it can be deadly, so for those wanting…


  • Inclusions / Additions to Simple Sourdough (Adding stuff!)

    How add inclusions to my wildly easy Simple Sourdough method. Print link at the bottom of the recipe! RELATED VIDEOS: Simple Sourdough Rethinking Roasted Garlic TOYS IN THIS VIDEO: My favorite kitchen scale (Restaurant grade, takes AA batteries or plugs in) Clear proofing bowls with lids Parchment rounds (Measure the bottom of your Dutch oven…


  • Sourdough Buttermilk Biscuits

    Y’all…you’ll never taste a better biscuit than this. And only fractionally more complicated than buttermilk biscuits from scratch…which is only fractionally more complicated than dealing with that HORRIBLE refrigerated cylinder of crap from the grocery store. PRINT LINK AT THE BOTTOM! TOYS IN THIS VIDEO: Perfect Pie Blender (The ONLY pastry blender I’ve ever loved)…