My dad gave me sourdough when I moved away to Death Valley. I used it to make pancakes. But I missed the San Francisco sourdough bread I grew up with. So, I learned how to bake it myself, so far away from my home. Eventually, I perfected it. Not unlike the history of gold miners and prospectors to the area, making something good and tasty from whatever was on hand, thanks to my sourdough Mother.
This is a big question! My sourdough has been in my hands since 1979. I use it to make pancakes, Belgian waffles, and of course bread. For pancakes or waffles, I add coarsely ground walnuts or pecans, and blueberries. On the table, butter and maple syrup. Everyone loves this! For bread, I keep it simple, just loaves of baguettes in the French bread style of thick chewy crust.