Hello Brian; thank you for the introduction. It's good to hear the community has been a help to you already.
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While the forums are rich sources of information (and entertainment, no question!), we hope you'll take time to read the excellent collection of cooking articles as well as the cookbook and equipment reviews. The photo galleries are also worth browsing. Our search tool can help you navigate quickly, but please be aware that with 14+ years of content, you may be taken to a long-paused conversation. It's usually best to start a new thread if the discussion is too old.
What do you enjoy cooking at home? Are there people or experiences that have influenced your love of food? I hope you will share those with us.
I hope your parties continue to be a source of pleasure for you and your guests.