This is going to be a short post, but I was in Chicago again last week visiting a friend of mine. He loves bread and butter. It's one of his all-time faves. I asked him if he'd ever had fresh, homemade bread at home and he said he hadn't. I insisted he let me throw down. This is one of those super old school, traditional comfort food staples that is so simple and so basic and yet so comforting and incomparable. You can enjoy it simply with butter or dipped in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. You could use it make sandwiches, toast, stuffing for poultry or pork, croutons, French toast, bread budding... I mean, really, you face an endless array of possibilities. If you've never made your own bread at home you must as soon as possible. It's just that important. This is a great one to start with because it's very straight forward and basic but classic and traditional in its own right. It's a fun experience and it will make your kitchen smell amazing.