I am a semi-new lurker and first time poster, with a pinch of burgeoning baker thrown in. I have been reading a lot on here, and am trying to get into baking; I cook a lot, but have avoided the world of bread making for some reason I don't really know (we'll just lump it under "childhood traumas, assorted."), but I am interested in making the leap in. I can't imagine why I would be frightened of flour+water+yeast, etc., so I need to get over it - it's not THAT hard, right?
I also wanted to mention that I work at a restaurant supply company (www.rosesequipment.com) in Portland, Oregon, and I deal specifically in smallwares (that's tools, small equipment, tableware, presentation, serving, etc.) so if you are search of anything, I may be able to help you - I'm great at problem-solving and I can find just about anything for you, if we don't have it in the store, I can special order it for you. We also have used equipment - a lot of Hobart stand mixers, so if you are looking for a mixer, we have them.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any kind words of support and/or encouragement, please throw them this way!
Carolyn - firstname.lastname@example.org