Didn't cook much during school...Now I've got the time to try a few dishes. Went to school for computers. Work as independent contractor, odd jobs and small time sales. My interest in cooking is new and extensive. I want to try so many different foods. And refine them. My family is mostly German-American and we eat a very Italian diet. Beyond that, I'm up for the super simple, and the super complex. Crock pot dishes. Even brain dead dishes like string cheese and store bread. I guess my first inclination is toward charred, high calorie, and otherwise comfort foods. Though, I've had the chance to taste delicacies, my desire for hot food is simple. Some recipes and practices I'll be sharing in the forum include Taco Soup, Pizza, Bachelor Tricks, Spice Preferences, and I'll share what I'm learning at the time, through book study, so I can get feedback. Fresh ingredients are critical. I steer away from artificial ingredients and supplements. I grow (and make) my own when I can.