I've been reading here for awhile and thought I'd jump in with my first post.
I 'm one of those cooks who see a recipe and make it but it doesn't go any further for me and even those recipes tend to be pretty basic.
I grew up in one of those homes where both parents worked. As kids we'd come home and brown the meat and throw it in a pot and my mother would make alittle stove top or mashed potatoes and canned corn. My desire is to be alittle more creative than that and just "know", ok, maybe not just know, but minimally be more comfortable.
To narrow down my question; because of what I had read here, I picked up my first Le Creusent 5.5 qt Dutch oven. (pretty cheaply at Marshalls) I cooked french onion soup last week, so now what? Is there a great book you could recommend?
I don't know about meats and what and how to cook them best. What works well in the oven vs the stove. I really haven't cooked many roasts, pork or beef and I'm feeling alittle lost.
I know this is a very broad request, but just where do I start?