Yes, I do actually have a breadbox. It's blue, okay?
For a while, I'd been wanting to make bread. Bread is so homey and warm and comforting and it makes your house smell so amazing. I tried a formula for Pulla bread (a Finnish sweet cardmom bread) and it was a complete disaster. Of course. The yeast I used was who-knows-how-old and I'm pretty sure that's what doomed me from the start. After a good friend, Chef Tom Beckman of Le Cordon Bleu Chicago (my culinary alma mater), sent me a new formula as the old one was...eh...como se dice...shitty...I tried it again.