Welcome Galley Swiller! You won't be at the "little better than can't boil water" level for long if you hang out here for any length of time. There are too many helpful, skilled people here for that to continue, not the least of which is Chef Ed.
I'm a home cook myself and gained a lot of confidence and new skills here over the years. You can learn everything from how to boil an egg (the latest technique is to put them in the oven) to how to open a durian fruit (start by taking a clothespin to your nostrils). The professionals and the home cooks are generous in their advice. The site has 13+ years worth of conversations, articles, cookbook and equipment reviews and photos, so using the search tool is a good place to start looking for topics of interest. I believe our members are the richest resource here; I hope you get into the mix, as you have already in the knife forum, and get to know more of the many tens of thousands of us here.
Wishing you calm seas, favorable winds, reasonable mooring fees and good fishing,