Made you click! Sorry...but "New guy" or "Hello from Vermont" just wouldn't have been me.
You've inferred the Vermont part by now. I'm originally from the outskirts of Vienna (Wien) Austria, and I spent a couple of decades in Atlanta, GA. Since I enjoy causing a good "What the ..." reaction and amusing people stating a little of my background in culinary terms seemed like a good idea.
I've had a keen interest in food virtually since birth, and became interested in cooking in my early teens when I was introduced to peanut butter, a substance not readily available in Austria during the early 70's. Figuring the name of the product hinted at the recipe I commandeered a meat grinder, peanuts and butter and took matters into my own hands. The "butter" part obviously turned out to have been a misunderstanding, but hey, I tried and it wasn't bad. As a matter of fact, my little sister was so taken with it, she decided to glue her intestinal tract shut by consuming the rest of the batch in one sitting as soon as it was left unattended. She apparently did quite well, a bit surprising seeing the butter's inherent lubricating properties, and to this day despises peanut butter as a result of my grandmother's decision to take a speedy and direct approach to address the issue.
Well, I've miserably failed at making this a quick hello already, but let me try to get it wrapped up. Foodie/Cook pretty much my entire adult life but didn't get around to trying to make a living at it until a little over a year ago and here I am. I stumbled across this forum while trying to learn more about knives, which I hope none of you will end up regretting. So, Hello from Vermont!