welcome to DC! and good luck with your learning cooking.Trust me you will love every minute of it.Its very exciting to discover new ways of cooking and different recipes from all over the world.Theres a forum of ethnic cooking here.Dont forget to visit it.
Don't let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine.
Bienvenue, ClosetChef. Looks like you are motivated, so how about volunteering to cook for the family a couple of nights and try out some stuff you think is interesting? You can always order pizza if it doesn't work out.
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