Welcome, KNH42. I'm a home cook as well and know you can gain a lot from interacting here. The other home cooks are great resources, and the professionals will provide information you never dreamed you could pick up without going to culinary school. Grandmothers are wonderful inspirations, aren't they? Mine certainly was.
You'll notice the forums are divided into professional and general categories. While everyone is encouraged to read all forums, we home cooks mustn't post in the professional forums, as those are reserved for those who work in the industry. Since everyone posts in the general forums, you'll find your questions answered there.
Don't miss the cooking articles and the photo gallery, too. We hope you'll post pictures of your efforts there. It's great to see how your skills develop over time, and the gallery is a wonderful source of inspiration.
Good luck in your explorations, and welcome!