We went into town today. I picked up some knitting needles for that red sweater. Also stopped by the library to get bread books! I checked out The Bread Baker's Apprentice (which on first glance I LOVE), A Blessing of Bread (Jewish bread traditions), and Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume 2 (solely for the French Bread recipe, but I'm also intrigued by the vegetable section). I don't know what I want to try first! All of the recipes look so fun and different from my other bread books.
But first, I have two new bread trials that I want to report back on. First, we made James Beard's delightfully garlicky focaccia. I think my dough wasn't wet enough (which often happens with Beard's recipes....), but otherwise it turned out very tasty.
I also made the Italian bread featured here. Very similar to my "French" bread except for the addition of a bit of olive oil and some milk. It turned out quite tasty. I've had problems shaping free form loaves in the past, so I was pleasantly surprised by these loaves.