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Ben bakes bread

It was October 1994. My friend Karen had arranged a blind date with a boy named Ben, a friend of her boyfriend, Justin. It just happened to also be my 23rd birthday. We would go to Justin's home to have dinner and to watch a movie. Ben made dinner. Roast with potatoes and carrots and homemade rolls! I was impressed and smitten!

Ben's mom taught him how to make bread when he was small. He in turn has taught me.

Last fall Ben purchased "Bernard Clayton's New Complete Book of Breads" and decided to start from the beginning and work his way through the book.

The cookbook starts with a chapter on white breads followed by bran breads, whole-wheat breads, rye breads, and we are currently on barley breads. From there Bernard Clayton continues with corn breads, buckwheat breads, oat breads, blended grain breads, French and Italian breads, starters, sourdough breads, salt-rising breads, festive breads, cheese breads, potato breads, vegetable breads, herb and spice breads, fruit and nut breads, little breads, special breads, croissant and brioche, flat and pocket breads, and finally ending with crackers! The book has 685 pages of bread recipes!

We decided to start selling bread at our weekly Saturday market. There will be a limited amount each week so preordering is recommended.

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