Hi, Bernard. Welcome to DC. Wonderful name...Bernard. My dearest friend's name is Bernard and he is a fabulous cook. Just take some time and "read" recipes completely through and understand them. This will be one of the best things you can do in the world of cooking.
All you have to do here is ask questions. The answers will come. We're glad you've found us.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!