been eavesdropping in the cafe' of the gods for awhile, thought i should introduce myself...taught myself to cook out of desparation at age 8-moms m.o. was to boil everything until it was a color not found in nature-using maria lo pinto's book "the art of italian cooking' and by watching good ol' graham kerr-this was back in his nehru jacket days-for the mechanics. im lucky enough to live in an area where i have ready access to clean, fresh game, ditto farm-grown meats, hippie-grown vegetables of every description, yet close enough to civilization to be able to get premium olive oils and such. gods country! fearless in the kitchen, will set aside an entire day to play with a new ingredient or technique. im looking forward to learning from you all! this is the best site ive found on the web!