Cooking, baking, grilling, sometimes even growing it, I like to make food. I have found however, that to make good food, it helps to know how stuff works. Knowing the chemistry and mechanics of yeast in bread dough opens up a world of opportunities. Understanding how baking soda and baking powder react differently with buttermilk will make a huge difference in your pancakes. I am by no means in expert, and when looking to try something new I will research a number of different recipes and usually manage to come up with some kind of combination that frequently enough turns out pretty damn good.