Glad I Saw Your Site
I ran across your site when I did a search on shortbread cookies, a fatal weakness.
I think baking is a pretty cool thing and your site looks really good. In fact, I am heading to my local library later to pick up a copy of The Bread Bakers Apprentice since it was mentioned here.
One of my prize posessions is a dog-eared copy of Uncle John's Bread Book which has wonderful recipes and advice in it. For instance, I learned that dusting a pizza peel with a light coating of corn meal (so it can slide around) is "applying in the Presbyterian manner." The things you learn :-)
I grew up near a Polish bakery and you could smell the fresh bread on Sundays and one of the lasting memories from my youth is going down there to pick up a fresh loaf of rye bread for a quarter. I would break off the heel piece and crunch away.
I have made some breads and pies and am ready to move on to the next step of actually having them improve, not just show that I did it. I especially like baking my own pizzas and I use one of the Uncle John recipes for French bread for the crust. Makes for an interesting combination.
At any rate, glad to be aboard as I go through the site. I will be especially intersted in the forums and the recipes and the advice. The part about steaming was interesting and it led to a call to GE (which makes my oven, the gas Profile) which told me I could put a pan of water in there for steam. Thank goodness, along with my quarry tiles from Lowe's, I'm hot to trot.