Stumbled into this web site, from another cooking site. What an incredible site! A little about me outside of my bio. I began cooking out of necessity when I was living in Germany while serving in the Army. I was stationed on remote signal sites that had no "mess sergeant" so we had to cook for ourselves. I would mostly just "wing it" with no rhyme or reason to my madness. I got out of the Army in '89, got a good job, and got some good pots and pans etc. and decided it was time to learn to follow a recipe. Being a bachelor and having a roommate that could not boil water, so I did all the cooking. I was having fun and getting better with my cooking skills. I found a girlfriend who liked to cook for me and my few "skills" soon deterioated, and I found my self mostly grilling and BBQing. About 3 months ago, thanks to a BBQ cookbook, I have found myself with a burning desire to get back in the kitchen. Through the holidays, I brought my "kitchen" back up to snuff, and now I find myself wanting to push my cooking "skills" past the simple recipes I used to do. My New Years resolution was to try new foods, new recipes, and in general finally develope my palate. And that's what brings me here! I am here to learn, have fun, and meet the pros as well as the amatuers, who are no doubt way more experienced than myself. Todd PS. Oh yeah, the nickname comes from a wizard/druid that I have created and have a few stories I have written around him. The "a's" are pronounced like the "a's" in water.