Hi winekelly! Thanks for introducing yourself. I'm a home cook, too. I've been part of this community for a long time and have become a much, much better cook because of what I've learned here and the people I've met here- some in person. You can't beat Chef Talk as a friendly place to ask questions of professionals and home cooks from all over the world.
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Besides wine, what are your culinary interests? Are there dishes you especially like to make, or something you'd like to be able to master some day?
Welcome! We hope to see you often.