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Hello Fresh Loaf Friends,

My name is Tara Jensen and I'm the baker/owner behind Smoke Signals. We're a micro bakery located just outside of Asheville, North Carolina specializing in honest bread and rustic pastries. All our work is done by hand we source our flour exclusively from Carolina Ground, a local mill devoted to milling grains from the Carolinas. We've been doing all our baking for our first year up & running at our town's local pizza shop. Without the generosity of this shared hearth we wouldn't be were we are today, however, our bread is gaining popularity and we need to purchase our oven to meet the demands. So, we've launched a Kickstarter. If you are unfamilliar with Kickstarter, it's a fundrasing platform whereby you make a pledge towards a monetary goal and recive various rewards and recognition. We are raising $5,000 to purchase a gently used gas, deck oven and have a number of different rewards. Give us a look and share with your baking community!

Click here to go to our Kickstarter, learn more, watch our video & share:  Smoke Signals Kickstarter

And click here for our website: Smoke Signals Website

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Earlier this week I had a dream about ham & cheese on baguette. Since this was a dream that I could turn into reality, I took up the task of making some baguettes. So many dreams just stay dreams, when you have one within reach: grab it.

I turned to Jeffery Hamelman’s book, Bread, and to an old bakery formula I had from years ago working as a baguette mixer at Red Hen. Pretty strait forward, poolish recipe. But how awesome simple formulas can be! To my delight these baguettes crackled, and tasted like butter and nuts and wheat. It was hard to bake them long enough because I kept wanting to pull them out of and eat them in one, huge bite. 

Dear Baguette,

I am sorry we were apart for so long. I took you for granted. One day you just weren’t there anymore. Maybe the separation did us both some good. I’ve moved a couple of times, have a new boyfriend, in general, things are progressing. But maybe we could think about spending some time together again. I really love the way you smell.

Yours Truly, Smoke Signals  





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