I'm glad I found this place on my google search.
I joined for several reasons.
First, I'm not the best cook. I'll post more about my failures than successes. And trust me, I screw up fantastically and epically. It's my experience that just about everything can be improved by dumping a lot of bbq sauce on it. I don't purchase ketchup.
Second, I'm looking for new recipes that involve salads made of grains and veggies in a more middle eastern or Mediterranean theme. This whole "eat healthy" fad is rubbing off on me. I can't wait until we can all go back to frying everything in lard and crusting it with salt.
Third, I live alone and participation in a cooking forum will entice me to cook something at home instead of grabbing junkfood. Sure, Nutty Buddies make a great dinner, but after a while they just don't taste as good and the ruin the taste of beer. And it's amazing what a good breakfast pickles make, isn't it?
Fourth and finally, I'm looking to elevate my game. I recently purchased James Beard's major book on cooking techniques and my goal is to become a better cook. This way, all my recipes won't involve a can of Cream of Mushroom soup and a crock pot.
I live to eat. I shall die with an entire cheesecake in my tummy, surrounded by empty beer bottles and soda cans, with a slice of cold pizza still in my hand. Oh death, where is thy sting?