Hi Merysnook! I'm a home cook too and have gained so much from being part of this community, and I hope you do too.
As home cooks are encouraged to read and learn from all forums in here (as well as to read the great articles, reviews, etc.). But we must consider the professionals' discussion forums as "read only" and do our posting in the general forums. Everyone posts there, so your questions will be answered in those areas of the board. Be sure to take advantage of our many years of history by using the search tool to mine for answers as well.
We hope you enjoy being part of the community! Welcome,