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I'm new here, from the Madison Wisconsin area.

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Good morning, folks. I'm new here, and with an agenda.

My wife is still working and I'm retired. If I don't learn to cook while she's out, I'll waste away to nothing! Right now, I'm the "cannot boil water" poster boy.
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Welcome to Chef Talk, Tourist. We will do all we can to help you change your status from "Can't Boil Water" to "Avid Home Cook" in short order. (Sorry for the pun!)

As a home cook you're encouraged to browse the entire site, Professional forums and all. Don't miss the cooking articles, cookbook reviews, blogs, photo gallery and the search tool to guide you as needed. While the Professionals' forums are "read only" for home cooks lile you and me, do take advantage of those discussions to broaden your knowledge.

I'm from 50 or so miles east of you, and we have a strong contingent of Wisconsinites here so. While we have some pretty good farmers' markets here in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties, I am in awe- and very jealous- of your access to the Dane County market on the square around the state capitol. I never seem to get there, even though I live relatively close.

We hope you visit often, ask questions as needed, and enjoy being part of a great online community. Don't ever feel shy about asking basic questions!

Welcome!
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I appreciate the welcome.

I was born in Milwaukee, around the Florist/Silver Spring area. We moved to the Menomonee Falls area, where I went to high school.

We do have a 'farmers market' on our Capital Square, but my SIL is more of the shopper in that regard.
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Go immediately to your local library ang get Jacques Pepin's La Technique & La Methode. You also should have a copy of Joy of Cooking by Rombauer.

You can find used copies of these online. For the Pepin books try to find the oversize paperbacks, as you will want them right in front of you while you are cooking.
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Thanks, PG. Any help is appreciated for a guy like me!

My wife's been traveling a lot lately, and I have to eat my own cooking. I think that comment says it all. :eek:
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There goes the neighborhood...

BTW, a good friend of mine from Wyoming is going to register here. He goes by the handle of "Locutus." He has gotten into using Japanese style knives lately, and he's a very competent sharpener. I hope you give him a warm welcome. He's a good man, and an exceptional friend.
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Please check your Private Messages, The_Tourist.
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