Hello from SoCal
I am new to this group. I currently live in SoCal, but my heart and soul (or at least what is left after the share my family has) is always in New York. I cook and I bake, sometimes a lot, and sometimes a little depending upon the demands of my life. I had a breadmaker at one time, but really didn't think it added much, so when I moved to SoCal, I left it behind. I particularly like replicating the baked goods and breads I grew up (Jewish, Eastern European) and am fortunate to have the many recipes of my father who was a great chef and baker, and whose repertoire included the things his mother made (from Latvia).
Recently, I have been working my way through "My Bread" by Jim Lahey. I am particularly enjoying the artisan no-knead breads I am doing, as they fit easily into my crazy life. I recently purchased "Inside the Jewish Bakery" and look forward to working my way through it, and using it to help me figure out some of my dad's hand-written recipes.
I look forward to learning from all of you!