Welcome to cooking! I'm new too. My hands smell like garlic today - it's nice but kind of annoying, haha.
This chart from Scott will be really helpful for you - it tells you what to sub certain ingredients out with if you don't have them when you're cooking. If you're like me, you dont' have ALL the necessary spices, herbs, etc. and you can get in a jam without them. Check it out here:
Good luck cooking - once you're a famous chef, we hope you remember us!