My screen name is SilvrBck but you can call me Drew.
I was very happy to find a healthy forum dedicated to my favorite pastime: making and then eating excellent food. Sometimes I nail it, sometimes I don't. A cookbook doesn't have the cumulative help of 3700 cooks like this board does!
When I was little, I had tons of food allergies, so my parents started making everything from scratch for me to eat, and without even knowing it, they sowed the seeds in my malliable little brain that I would grow up compelled to make every possible food item from scratch. This includes beer, dry cured salamis, bread, cheese...etc, etc.
My love for cooking took off when I went to a fancy shmancy restaurant and they made a killer ceasar salad tableside. I looked at the ingredients, tasted the results, and said, "Why can't I do this at home, any time I want?" When I found my first virgin olive oil at a chef's store it was all over. I always thought olive oil was green vegetable oil.
My favorite, most influential chef/writer, is definitely James Beard. I use his American Cookery like a holy grail. I wish I could have met the guy but what can you do?
Anyway, I hope I can become an asset to the boards, and that I give as much as I take. Thanks for having me.
*edited for spelling