About me and bread making: I'm at this for about 2 years. Started with Cook's Illustrated Almost no Knead (beer yumm...), did a bit of Lahey, and a lot of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day (Master, Peasant, Rye, Brioche and Challah both of which make amazing babka). I've done some pretzels, bagels, and lots of pizza to please the kids and have done Pain ancienne a la Reinhart numerous times. Love BBA and American Pie. I've used a stand mixer, dough whisk, and bare hands with some very good results.