Was there a decisive moment when you declared, "Yeah, I know how to cook now."
Most of us on Chowhound, esp. the Home Cooking board, consider ourselves as being able to cook. Maybe not as well as Thomas Keller, or maybe not with as much homey-goodness as our mom, or maybe not as frequently as our grandmother, but to some extent we all consider ourselves as able cooks.
My question, then, is when did you realize that you were able to cook?
Was there one moment? Like when you realized how to make great scrambled eggs? Or when you were able to bake a perfect chocolate souffle? Or when you mastered the perfect flaky pie crust? Or when you learned to how grill meat to the perfect medium rare without the use of a thermometer?
Or did it happen gradually without you even realizing it? Like perhaps after a great family gathering when everyone complimented you on every single course, from apps to entree to dessert? And as you stood there doing the dishes you realized, "hey, I can really cook!"