I'm a novice cook -- I've always resisted following recipes, but I've decided that I could use some discipline. :-) I have a 12 year old son who's a fairly picky eater, so I'm always on the lookout for stuff he'd like. He's still pretty much at the one-at-a-time stage -- doesn't like casseroles, for instance. Not much more to tell. Professionally, I'm a software QA engineer, which means I like recipes that are easy and quick.