I grew up as the only girl in the family for many generations and was thereby spoiled rotten. I was never allowed in the kitchen for any reason so didn't learn to cook OR clean until after I married. (At 18 yrs old - 32 years ago) I lived in Oregon then and learned to cook by watching KOIN Kitchen on TV. Everyday, whatever was prepared on the program, I cooked for my husband's dinner that night. (Even If they made nothing but desserts) :) After two years of watching cooking shows, studying cookbooks, and nutritional guides - I learned to cook. Today I pride myself on my cooking and baking expertice! It's my passion, however I never developed that same passion for clean up! YUCK - but I do love a spotlessly clean kitchen - it's just like a blank canvas for me to create on. I just wish I had a maid! Although my best friend Janna and I are a great team, she loves to clean up and I live to cook.