Hi from Oklahoma
I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been baking bread successfully for about 5 years. I had been trying my whole married life to make good bread and rolls, but didn't manage it until my In-laws gifted me with a book titled The Tassajara Bread Book. It took me step by step through the bread making process and finally I ended up with really good bread, and rolls everyone loved at family gatherings.
Then a month or so ago, my kids and I started a sourdough starter made out of plain water and flour for a homeschool project. It took off like a shot, and we have been making bread with out of that starter since, with varying degrees of success. I started looking for help on the net, and I found this site (which I love, no pretentiousness amoung the bakers here!) and it has helped some. It seems there are quite a few techniques and methods to bread making, and I haven't even scratched the surface!
Anyway, I am going to try and join in on the discussions, although shyness still gets the best of me most times, even on the internet. You all are a great group of people, and I hope to learn more here for some time to come.