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Hello everyone. I accidentally stumbled across this forum while looking for reviews/opinions on frying pans. After reading a few threads, I quickly realized there's a lot of very knowledgeable and experienced cooks to learn from here and registered.

A little about me - I'm originally from New Mexico and firmly believe that the best things to eat contain some form of freshly roasted green chile. I spent nearly a decade in the Navy and ended up in the Pacific Northwest. A few years ago, I heard a rumor that bachelors aren't actually required to eat fast food, and the fancy metal box in the kitchen can be used for more than heating water for ramen and hot dogs.

I wasn't *completely* useless in the kitchen, but my bag of tricks was pretty small and meals depended more on luck than skill.

My kid sister married into an old-school Mexican family and taught me a couple recipes that were good enough to impress my friends up here in Washington state. Turned out one of them was a chef and caterer.

Our paths crossed at just the right time. He liked my dishes because they were simple (because I didn't know how to make them fancy). He always said it took him "3 years to learn what to put in and 20 years to learn what to leave out".

I've tinkered with the idea of going to culinary school, but I'm nearly done with a mechanical engineering degree and don't want to change careers (again) and start over. Instead, I'm teaching myself through trial and error, cookbooks, and the Internet.

My latest inspiration comes from the movie "Julie & Julia" and a new (to me) copy of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" from 1967. So far, I've tried 4 of Julia's (et. al.) recipes. Each one is better than the one before it, and they've all been as easy as Mrs. Child made it look on her TV show.

Plus, I've become obsessed with knives and cooking gives me an reason to cut things and an excuse to 'hone' my sharpening skills. :D
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Welcome! I'm sure you'll learn alot here! And don't be shy to ask questions... there are lots of people on here who would love to help you out!
OK ... where am I going?.. and WHY am I in this handbasket??
OK ... where am I going?.. and WHY am I in this handbasket??
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