I was a chef for 18 years, cooking at a Ivy League College I still love to cook,I still cater occasionally, but wanted to fulfill my other dream. I am a artist/muralist, I was creative with food, but now I am creative with paint. Check out my website: www.custompaintingbydi.com I'm happily married to Bob, we have a dog Missy, shes a Rottie. We live in Belchertown, MA. Love gardening, and have a fish pond/water garden. Love to shop, and try new things. My family is very important to me. My Mom and I cook together all the time.Mom was a cook for 29 years at the College I worked at. My brother thinks he is Emril, and is always cooking new yummy things...his wife does not cook. My sister, well, she needs some improving, shes a quick and easy way as possible cook I rather spend the time and have a great dish. I love to cook for other people and show off my talents---I go all out and decorate the table with a theme, different levels and table coverings, maybe add some white lights, and flowers or pine branches for the holidays. I love a elegant table :) My pet peeve is: going out for a nice dinner, paying good $$ and being disappointed because I know I could have cooked it better, or ordering , say, a salad and it not being fresh--the really irks me. Alot of times I will special order something and make up my own menu--that way I know they have to make mine special, with special attention. My hubby hates when I do that.