I thank everyone for the comments, and I'm looking forward to reading more... If you notice that I've taken a little break from posting for a week or so, it's due to the two biggest changes in my life....
I've gotten a new puppy - Ginny (short for Ginger) is a 11-week old Maltese-Yorkie mix. She's my baby, full of energy, and in need of a little attention right now. She (and I) are staying with my parents for a few weeks so she can get 24/7 care and love while I'm at classes (she's already a big fan of her grandma and grandpa!). Once she gets older she'll be able to handle a little time alone, but right now... not so much. She's adorable, as evidenced by the photo!,
Second big change - a new place. It's the top-half of a turn-of-the-century house that needs a little more love, paint, and elbow-grease than I had initially expected, but it's going to be a dream when it's done. I've posted a pic of the kitchen in its current state - it's going to be completely repainted and we'll be installing shelving units to make it in to an Accidental Chef's cooking palace!
And heres' where I want to take a moment to say: I thank God for the help and support from my loving family and devoted friends... seriously, I could not be making any of these big, exciting life changes if it weren't for them!.
The long and the short of it is that this poor culinary fan is going to be living off of takeout and Bartles & Jaymes for a little bit. Do watch for new posts soon, though!
Yours in the love of good food and wine (and of the dream of cooking to come),.