You will ALWAYS be in the fraternity of what you called "those fine people". Cooking and eating is what makes your tummy happy. You don't have to be a French-trained chef! You could just keep cookin potatoes, okra and other stuff and naming all of it "Tennessee" this and "Tennessee" that.
And it will all always taste GREAT!
We do happen to have a great cast of characters here on Roadfood. We can argue the virtues of chili with or without beans, cornbread with or without sugar, we can get off the subject without getting yelled at (well, Mr. Mayor does occasionally interrupt us, but not often).
Without the direction of you Roadfooders, I would not have eaten the dreeeaaaammmmmyyyy ribs at Dreamland in Alabama, not have had the ice cream of a lifetime at Blue Bunny in Le Mars, Iowa, not have eaten at Acme Oyster House in NOLA, Bob's Bar in Martinsburg, Nebraska and on and on. Thanks to all of you for the food recommendations, comraderie, the bantering, the recipes, the emails.
Best wishes to all and Happy New Year!!!!