Greetings from Canada
I've been meaning to introduce myself for some time, but it just occurred to me that it would be useful for Canadians to have a forum area for sharing resources.
Because of shipping costs, many of the products Americans on the forum discuss aren't available to those north of the border. Baking stones, for example, cost a fortune to ship. Even a lame will cost $32 to ship via UPS. This week I ordered a baking stone from The Shopping Channel because the rectangular stone they carry is longer than any I've found in the local stores. I don't expect it will be very thick, but I'm not concerned about that because at least the weight will be manageable. I just wish they'd get around to shipping it because I'm holding off on my next batch of bread sticks. . . .
I learned to bake at my mother's knee, as they say. :) Coming home from school on a frosty afternoon, walking into the kitchen greeted by the fragrance of freshly baked bread made a treasured childhood memory. It's encouraging to learn on this forum that there are still children experiencing home-made bread even today, when the majority of kids are growing up in MacDonalds.
I grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, moved to Toronto as an adult, but have been living in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for some time now.
The Fresh Loaf is a valuable resource and I love the bread photos!