Way back in the early 1980's, I got into some serious bread baking. I was totally enamored at that time with the Williams-Sonoma catalog. It would be years later when I would finally enter a Williams-Sonoma store. It was love!!
Back in 1981, The Trout and I belonged to a "Wine Group". We were 5 couples who became friends through the local Newcomers Club. We started out so 'good,' meaning, we would blind taste 5 or 6 wines and only eat a slice of bread to cleanse the palate. We would try to meet once a month at someone's home. Just let me say, very quickly, the slice of bread to cleanse the palate made way to some really nice gourmet dinners. We also took the brown paper bags off of the wine bottles, and simply enjoyed the evening.
During these years - we stayed together in our group for 12 years - I kind of started 'my specialty' which was my recipe for Williams-Sonoma recipe for baguettes.