Hello, all. My name is Bree - had to change the spelling a bit to register as it appears there is more than one of us here - and I'm new to this forum. I'm a recent "convert" so to speak; I've waded around in the muck of big business (currently I am a supervisor at United Parcel Service) for a good while and I decided enough is enough: I'm going to pursue my dream of becoming a chef. Life is too short to spend 40+ hours a week in a job you hate. I've harboured this secret food fantasy for years, collecting Harold McGee and M.F.K. Fisher and watching Food TV (yeah, I know) when I'm home alone. Now that I've made the decision to follow my dream, well, I feel really nervous. Dreaming is one thing, doing is another. Heck, writing this first post is really tough! At any rate, I'm here to learn anything about everything. I'm probably going to end up asking lots of questions (most of which will have probably been asked before) and annoying the heck out of you. Please be patient (and gentle) - and I'll be sure to check my verbosity at the door .