So I've been baking for a few weeks now and I am enjoying myself tremendously. I've made bread for home and for friends now and I just love it.
I've learned some tricks from reading on here that were very helpful. The most helpful to me was the 10 tips on here for making french bread. How to get the crust brown has been a problem, but no more! Now I crank the heat up higher and add some water to the bottom of the oven and my results are brown and crusty bread!
I have a bowl of poolish sitting out right now in preparation for making some french bread with dinner tonight. :-)