thanks to Clareann, who shared her uncle's recipe. Here's my shorthand, with alterations to the original (cos I just can't leave well enough alone!)
In large mixing bowl, place 2 c. warm water. Add 2 tsp salt, 1 Tbl sugar (or honey) and 1 pkg. active dry yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand 5-10 min to allow yeast to foam.
Add 2.5 c. white flour and .5-.75 c. wheat bran. Beat with a whisk until well combined.
Add 1.5-3 c. flour, 1/2 at a time, beating with a wooden spoon to completely incorporate each addition.
Knead for several minutes.
Place in well-greased bowl and let rise, covered, in a warm place until doubled in bulk - about an hour. (Really. This was a good little riser, even in my iffy/kinda cool temps.)
Punch down, knead slightly, shape. Place on/in greased pans (note to self: just buy baguette boards, already), and let rise another hour. If that. I put mine in after about 30 min, as they'd swelled remarkably - again, a good little riser!
Bake at 425F for 25-30 min. Enjoy!