Since I have some free time during winter break, I tried to take a crack at cooking. Well, I should not quit my day job.....yet. I bought a nice European Cookbook by Walter Staib which has stuff from the Austrian/German region. http://www.pct.edu/pctoday/uploads/staib_walter.jpg I tried to make some Poached Salmon with Tomatoes & Dill cream Sauce (Pochierter lacs mit tomaten & dill soße), Brussel Sprouts Braised with Bacon & Fennel (Rosenkohl mit speck & Fenchel), Macaire Potatoes (Macaire kartoffel) and to drink a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. It wasnt THAT bad- but it certainly wasnt the same as the pictures in the book. Next, I am going to try to make some Russian Eggs, and maybe a Creme Brulee or a Chocolate Souffle. Cooking is hard.