Hello Captains! Please don't think of yourself as "just" a home cook here. You may be surprised to learn that you know things others don't, and some of those others may be professional chefs. You may have learned things from your heritage or from your family that others may not know and that you take for granted, but that some may be delighted to learn. Trust me, after 15 years here I can say that honestly. My point is, don't be shy about participating.
The discussion forums are wonderful, and I'm sure you've been reading there quite a bit. Don't overlook reading in the professional forums, as there's a lot to discover there. Just be aware that we home cooks must consider the pros' forums "read only", and to do our posting in any of the general forums. Everyone posts in the general forums.
We also have excellent cooking articles, cookbook and equipment reviews, photo galleries and much more here. I hope you'll explore those parts of the site as well.
We hope you enjoy being part of the community and participating in it. Welcome!