New in these parts
I guess it's customary to introduce oneself, so here it is.
I live in the New York metro area and love to cook, but have never made bread in all my 39+ years until now. I love this site, and came to it because I was looking for a pizza dough recipe; pizza is, of course, the perfect food, and I wanted to make the pesto pizza that Whole Foods started to offer this year - without the hefty price tag.
I found the Pizza Primer here (http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/pizza) and it was great. The pesto pizza - dough slathered with a mix of olive oil, fresh basil, garlic, salt & pepper, topped with mozzarella cheese, topped with fresh sliced garden tomatoes - was truly superb. And I loved the silkiness of the fresh dough; I still have one dough ball in my freezer, too.
In fact, I have a lunch pizza-making date this weekend with a friend who asked if I'd teach her how to make it! The blind leading the blind, essentially - but at least we have the recipe!
Anyway, I've started to make everything I eat, instead of buying anything, and have found that my expenses have essentially been halved. I've begun making cookies, cakes, and breads of all types; I've made the gingerbread, too - http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/gingerbread - and that's another long-time favorite of mine. I have my eye on these bagels, too: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/bagels - but can't seem to find the malt powder.
My goal is to make everything I eat by hand - because, you know, I'm just so sick of reading those long lists of chemicals in everything - and also without electricity as I am short in the equipment area. Late to the bread game, IOW, but ardent!
Thanks, everybody, for your wonderful recipes and for this site! It's terrific.