The picture above is from a beautiful turn-off outside of Portland taken on a vacation last year. I don't have any recipes posted because when I signed up all my recipes (both of them) were already posted! I'm not very good at being creative in the kitchen. There have been countless disatrous results because I love to experiment "just to see what will happen". 'Zaar has greatly improved my cooking. I have learned tons from this site and all the wonderful people on it. I try to find healthy recipes or make recipes more healthy by using lower fat/cal. ingredients. That way we can save room for dessert :) Here are a couple shortcuts and tips that help me in the kitchen: I like onions and garlic finely chopped in my food, so I grate the onion with a large grater and the garlic with a small grater. I love cake mix. Everytime I use it, I sift the mix into the mixing bowl. The cakes always turn out soft and light.