So I suppose I should say hi now that I've registered. Caught the cooking bug a year or two ago and it sometimes seems ridiculous how much enjoyment I get out of it. At 44 I suppose there's no way I'm going to switch careers, but it's funny. I'm a musician and teacher and it seems that cooking is a similar vocation in that people are so passionate about it, they'll do it for next to nothing (another reason not to switch). I do really like the idea of it though, to be completely immersed and learning like crazy. Probably wouldn't like it though. I really like preparing a dish deliberately, over a nice ipa, trying to get all my cuts perfect. Everything prepared before the heat goes on. No pressure. Also became quite a knife nut. Man, I love the feel of freshly sharpened white #1 whispering through food. My girlfriend was tallying up the amount of money I've spent on knives and stones and thinks I'm a little crazy.
Anyway this seems like a great place to learn. Hi. :)