totally confused and overwhelmed, please help.
So, I have made quite a few loaves of yeasted breads, and those are getting better all the time. I decided to take it to the next level and made a starter, which after following the day by day directions on this forum, it came to life on Day 6, and I named it Vivian.
Anyway, all I need now is my first sourdough recipe, and I have discovered a whole universe of new things I don't know. Surprisingly, I can't even find a simple sourdough recipe that just calls for "starter." I have one of Peter Reinhart's books (Crust and Crumb) and every sourdough recipe calls for one of Reinhart's starters (firm, mild, intermediate, raisin water, etc), so do I need to make one of his if I want to follow the formulas in his book? Oh, and every recipe calls for like two cups of starter. Well, I don't have that much. Should I just feed it a few days before I'm going to bake without tossing half of it out?
Does anybody know of a recipe that just calls for my starter?
Thanks in advance!