I'm not very good with intros but here's a few things about myself. I'm from the east coast (obviously) and have lived here all my life. I love the ocean and the cool weather and can't really think of living anywhere else. I'm an engineer by day (for over 20 years) and musician by night (over 30 years). Cooking is yet another hobby of mine. I was generally introduced to cooking by my grandmother, but mostly everyone on my mom's side of the family are really good cooks, including my mom. None of us have had formal training other than my grandma, but we're all very passionate and willing to put in the time and take risks to try and produce great tasting food. There are certain recipies that we have shared, but mostly have our own styles and recipes. I have quite a few close friends and frequently have dinner parties where I do all of the cooking. All of my friends, including my wife would rather eat my food than go anywhere in the Boston area. I'm sure it's partly because it's free (because we all know there are some great chefs around here) but I get enough compliments to know I do pretty well (how else would I know?). Anyhow, I know I have a lot more to learn and I'm really excited to talk to the culinary experts on this forum, but most importantly, to be among a group of people who are as passionate as I am about the art of cooking!