Welcome Zagut! We hope you enjoy participating even more than you have enjoyed lurking. The moderators will keep you in line. In time, you can become one of the people who makes this site wonderful for other people. That's how this place has worked for about 14 years now.
Since you've been lurking, I'll assume you've also wandered around and seen the cooking articles, photo galleries and all the other goodies here. Now that you're posting, please be aware that the Professionals' forums are for everyone to read, but only the Pros can post there. Home cooks like you and I mustn't post there, but we can post in the General forums. The Pros turn up there too to answer questions and join in the conversations.
So keep reading, put your two cents in when you want, and we hope you expand your cooking and food knowledge as you add to the mix.