I've been sort of lurking here for the past couple of months, lapping up all of the generously shared expertise and finally decided to join. I've been cooking for myself and friends for over 30 years but only recently started eating and cooking meat, so I'm sure I will have plenty of questions about that. I live in a very ethnically diverse part of Chicago and can probably put my hands on just about any ingredient you could name within 10 or 12 blocks of my apartment. It's a constant inspiration to just wander through the markets in the various neighborhoods near me. Although we have some of the best restaurants in the country and a red hot culinary scene here, I know very little about it--not in my budget, unfortunately, but I can tell you about a lot of the hole in the wall, mom and pop ethnic joints on the far north side! I look forward to getting to know the site and the people here.