I guess would still consider myself a 'newbie' cook. I love trying new recipes, but am still trying to perfect my techniques. I never grew up learning to cook, and only started when I met my husband. And then it was only on occasion that I would attempt something. After my 3 year old daughter was born, I fugred I should brush up on my skills. So for the past three years I have been trying to cook some good food for the fam. I'm a still a bit slow in the kitchen, so I'm usually looking for quicker meals. 30 minutes usually means an hour for me ;) I'm a waitress, and my husband is also in the food and beverage industry, so we both appreciate good food. We like to eat out as much as we can, anywhere and everywhere.