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What is "Artisan" Bread?

"Artisan" has become an all-too-common term when describing bread. You find it everywhere from the names of small specialty bakeries to the buns surrounding  fast food products. The meaning is diluted. I try to find more specific words to differentiate between my hand-made bread and what you find in the supermarket, but there are times when "artisan" is the most efficient word to convey this idea, and before I can edit myself, I hear the a-word slip out of my mouth. Well, if I am going to use the word, let me take a moment to explain what I mean when I say it. Merriam-Webster defines "artisan" as "one that produces something (as cheese or wine) in limited quantities using...

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My First Loaf of Bread

I will never forget my first bread baking experience. It happened in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in the galley of the 134 ft brigantine schooner S.S.V. Corwith Cramer in April of 1991. My junior year at Rhode Island School of Design I decided I needed to get away from art school for a semester and explore biology and oceanography. The Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA is like a study abroad program where students spend six weeks studying at the campus on Cape Cod and six weeks in the open ocean aboard a student research vessel. My cruise track would leave from Miami with port calls in the Dominican Republic and Bermuda before heading back home to...

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