Hi! I just joined the website, and I wanted to say hello. I'm relatively new to the world of cooking as a hobby.
I don't cook as often as I'd like. When I do, I'm rather systematic about it. I usually take a recipe that has good reviews online. Then I cook it, take notes, make adjustments, cook it again, take more notes, make more adjustments, and stop when it's perfect. By the time I get to the perfect dish, I'm bored with it, and I move on to the next (but at least I've got the perfect recipe on hand!). Has anyone else had this experience?
Eventually, I want to be able to make my own recipes. I think I have the creativity in principle. (If it helps, I'm a web designer by day, and I write fiction occasionally.) But I don't have a culinary background. I would love to learn more about how food works, e.g., what individual ingredients do to a dish besides add flavor.
I'd also love to learn how to cook healthy food, fast. I know, fast and healthy don't usually belong in the same sentence; but I think, with the right ingredients and techniques, there are many possibilities!
I'm looking forward to checking out the forums. I hope I can learn a lot from you guys, and I also hope that I'll be able to contribute my own knowledge and experiences over time.