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Greetings from Oregon

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Mangiochemifabene

Greetings from Oregon

Hello,  I've just discovered this site and just looking at the photos is making my mouth water!  I am a newbie at artisan bread baking.  Our town recently lost our artisan bakery and the withdrawal pains are too much!  Fortunately, the library has some excellent books.  The only thing now is learning the language and technique.  Thanks to everyone in advance for your dedication and for  assisting the bread lover/aspiring artisan baker in me.  Today will be my first attempt.  Boy, that quick ciabatta over in the right margin is shouting out to me!  Cheers!  Patti


 

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dmsnyder

Hi, Patti.


Welcome to TFL!


David

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weitzelm

Hi Patti-I'm new to the site too and have already learned quite a few things. Just out of curiosity, where are you? I am in Albany and we don't have squat for bakeries. 


Happy baking!


Misty

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Mangiochemifabene

I'm a recent transplant to the Columbia River Gorge, specifically, Hood River.  What a beautiful place!  Super nice people and a great vibe all around.  Took an ethnic food tour offered by the local Community Ed.  Went into Portland and found a charming Russian Market with a great bakery and a great New York style Italian bakery, Di Prima Dolci. But Portland is an hours drive so I've decided to apply myself and my goal is to become self sufficient at making artisan bread.  It'll be fun and hard work I'm sure!  Cheers!  Patti

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Royall Clark

Welcome to TFL Patti. I'm from Brookings Oregon. Nice place but glad I'm not there any more!! Too cold!!

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Mangiochemifabene

Hi Royall,  Thanks.  I'm a recent transplant to Oregon.  Spent 20 of the last 23 years in South Florida, Florida Keys.  The cold is a refreshing and welcome change for me.  Plus,  I've discovered snow sports and,  I can bake without passing out from the heat and humidity!!!


I never knew playing with flour could be so much fun!  In Florida, I had so many  dissapointing results, I just gave up.  Now, I'm ready to rumble.

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Thought I'd jump in since I haven't introduced myself yet. I love this site and have been experimenting with artisan bread baking for about 3-4 years. Lots for me to learn...


I am trying a sourdough in my brand new Zojirushi bread machine today for a lark. I think I should have softened my firm starter before trying it...concerned about how it mixed. Oh well!


 


I welcome any thoughts on this.


Tracy

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Mangiochemifabene

Hi Tracy,


I am a complete newbie as an artisan baker.  In the Florida Keys it is too humid and warm to have had any success during my attempts at bread baking. It was oh so frustrating to fail over and over again.  (hardcore Floridian, no AC)


My experiences with a bread machine have all been disastrous.


I have to say that since joining here and reading articles, watching videos and following strings on this forum, I have learned that...... I am a successful bread baker!!  I have made nona-face's rye bread and also a spelt bread that came out nice and hollow sounding!  Yummy too!  I am so delighted.  Thanks to everyone that has contributed to this site.  I still have so much to learn and am embracing it all!!


My first sourdough starter sits on my counter, 6 days old, as I write this.  It fluffed up and now it's settled down, I think it's ready!


Life is good.


Patti


 


 

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Moots

Hi Patti,


 


Good luck on your sourdough! I always hated to throw part of my starter away when I refreshed it, so a few months ago we started using it for sourdough pancakes. It has become part of our Sunday morning routine and now it would be hard to go back to regular pancakes.


I think our PNW wild yeast is awesome! Tell us how yours turns out.


 


Tracy

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korish

Hello there I'm new at this site and new at bread baking. I have just compleated my wood burning bread oven and on day 10 with my starter hoping to bake some bread next week.


Click on this to see my bread oven.