Welcome to DC, Margie. We are happy you have join this group of food enthusiasts. There's lots to be had here.
Your boyfriend is a great "find," in that he's a willing guinea pig. My husband, Buck, is my guinea pig and has stayed around more than 30 years. Guess I haven't scared him off or poisoned him yet. Good job.
Have fun here.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!