Hi, this is the first forum that I have looked at about cooking. I love to cook, and have cooked only for family and friends. I have never taken a class and was taught by my parents. I started when I was about six and have loved everything to do with the kitchen. With having never taken any classes I have never really followed a recipe. That is to say that I have used recipes, but have never used the measured amounts given. I have always cooked by smell and taste. I love finding new recipes to try and enjoy making my own. I currently live in Germany and am starting to learn how to cook German foods. I have read some of the post on the forums and have found many useful tips and tricks to try.