Hi from SW Ohio
I just signed up this morning, and was told to come over and say hello.
My name is Curt. I've been cooking for some time, and I compete in barbecue competitions and have begun holding local cooking classes on smoking and grilling.
Last fall, I got the bug to start baking bread, and I started with King Arthur Flour's baguette recipe, which didn't turn out great the first time, but by the third time was actually pretty good. Over the holidays, I switched to using my grandmother's traditional recipes to make white bread and cinnamon rolls, but now I'm trying for more artisanal breads again. I'm going to try using the pain l'ancienne (sp?) method this weekend, and, if you read the threads in the sourdough area, I've killed my first starter and will be starting a new one this weekend.
I live in the woods with a wonderful wife that doesn't seem to mind all my cooking. I also have a blog, and with a couple other bloggers post about our learning how to bake. We've started using the term "breaducation" when we talk about learning how to bake bread. The site is http://buckymcoinkumsbbq.typepad.com. It started as a bbq blog, but has evolved into bbq, cooking in general, and, lately, lots of bread stuff.
This looks like a friendly, helpful place.