I'm a brand-new cook who started cooking this very month. I'm glad that you good cooks say not to get discouraged at any failures but to keep on trying. Thanks, I needed to hear that bit of good advice.
So far, I've poached salmon fillets that were delicious, broiled some lamb chops that were heavenly, baked some chicken that needed much more time than the recipe stated since my new electric oven is 25° off, and used my crock pot several times and enjoyed the results. I've got a bunch of basic cookbooks and I follow the recipes exactly as printed.
I enjoy eating and have eaten almost every type of cuisine known to mankind. So far, I'm having fun cooking, buying cookbooks, kitchenware, and shopping for ingredients. I watch various cooking shows on the Food Network.
The say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Well, this "old dog" (age 64) loves learning new tricks, especially in the kitchen.
I'm one man who is not afraid to ask for directions.
I'm real glad that I discovered this cooking BB.
"When the kitchen smells spicy and wonderful, it can only mean one thing...it's not my kitchen." --- Maxine