Get a hold of a high quality glossy cook book. Don't bother with the recipes, looks like you'd stuff them up, but take a good look at the photos and try to emulate.
Its been noted here that newbies sometimes get a rough treatment. Here is one response, written by Old Dog, that might help those thinking of making their first post understand a little bit about this place. After you read this take a moment (or two or three) and look around and get a sense of this place. If you're still interested make your intro and join the fray. —Jed