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Katherine P

Hello from GA

Hello all!  I am new to the bread baking world.  I just got a grain mill and have been making all our bread, which is a big hit!


I live in the Metro Atlanta area in GA.  I have been married to the love of my life for almost 8 yrs and we have 3 children (5 y.o id twin girls, 3 y.o son).  I work outside the home 2 - 2 1/2 days a week as an audiologist.  We are planning on homeschooling the girls in the fall (yikes!).  My goal is to teach my children how to make their own food, instead of buying it in a box.  So far, so good.  They love to "help" me with everything in the kitchen.  I am also trying to get into canning.  (in all my free time!  ha ha)  So far, I've managed to make a runny strawberry jam...practice makes perfect, I know ya'll can relate!


I am looking forward to learning a lot!!!


 


Katherine

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LindyD

Welcome, Katherine.  Sounds like a great (and busy) life you're leading.


You're already ahead of the game if your milling your own grains for your breads!


Looking forward to hearing about your bread adventures.

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H20loo

Wow, homemade bread and homemade jam!  It doesn't get any better than that!! My wife is the jam maker and I kind of remember some runny jam in the early days but our kids all grew up on homemade jams. 

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Katherine P

LOL, maybe she could give me some tips!  :)  It is pretty awesome!  I made my last batch w/ Honey, am looking forward to trying it.

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trailrunner

I am next door to you ! There is a wonderful book , Small Batch Preserves, that you can get on Amazon. It has fabulous recipes for preserves , chutnies, marmalades etc. I think it is perfect especially as they are small amounts not huge batches. They also use honey as a sweetener and just the boiling bath for canning so you need not have a pressure canner. Looking forward to hearing about your baking.


I get to Atl quite often as one son and one daughter live there. Good Luck. Caroline

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Katherine P

Where in AL?  I grew up in Irondale (E of Bham) and went to Auburn (WAR EAGLE) and U of Montevallo.  My brother just moved back to Bham from Chicago.


I'll look for that book.  Thanks!  I am very excited about this site!!!

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summerbaker

This is a great site.


I did a bike race years back that centered around the Montevallo campus.  It's a really lovely campus and town that seemed to me like a hidden gem off of the highway on way to Birmingham.  Must have been a peaceful place to go to school.


Summer

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Katherine P

I was in grad school and did not live on or near campus, but it was a great campus to walk around.

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trailrunner

We are in Opelika, but lived in Auburn from 1979-2002. My husband is a prof there. I know right where Irondale is .  I get up to run the trails at Oak Mt fairly often. Do you ever go there?


Also I didn't mean to give the impression that they only use honey in that book but they do use it in some recipes. Also they sell it at BAM so you could go look through it and see if you like it. I always buy used it possible . You might check at Barnes and Noble website and see if they have it in the used books. Good Luck and yes this is a good forum. c

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Katherine P

Used to go to Oak Mtn frequently when I lived in Bham.  Moved to Atl in 99.  Thanks for the clarification on the book.  I have several generic recipe books and one on just jams, but none of them use honey, so I'll definately try to check it out.  Also am a big fan of used books.  :D


What does you husband teach? my Undergrad was in Communication Disorders, so I pretty much lived in Haley Ctr. 


thanks again.


KJP

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trailrunner

He is a Chem prof. This next year will be his last. 31 years. I have a son that lives on 8th by Piedmont Park and my daughter lives in Buckhead right near  the Library Coffee shop. Small world. Hope you enjoy the book. c

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matthewf01

Another Atlantan checking in... I'm a 22 year old guy up in Dunwoody, new to bread baking, super-new to the forums. Been maintaining a Friends of Carl 1847 Sourdough starter for near 2 months now, had some triumphs but mostly failures (they won't get nice and tall in the oven!) in baking boules so far, but I'm not giving up yet!

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Katherine P

Glad the ATL is getting more representation!  :)  We are in Marietta