I am a Christian, wife (as of 3/15/08), student, ABA therapist to some amazing little men with Autism, friend, first time homebuyer, and aspiring cook. I spend my time trying to honor the Lord, loving my wonderful husband, working with and thinking about children with Autism, avoiding homework and housework, researching home decor'/ cleaning supplies, and every so often trying out a new recipe on unsuspecting friends and family. My household consists of myself, my husband, a docile daschund named Buddy, and a hyperactive chiweenie named Samson. We are in the process of buying and fixing up our first home, and along with that- my very first kitchen! My maiden name is Cook, and I feel a certain longing to live up to the title. My mother was a completley self-taught southern cook, and I learned most of what I know from hanging on her apron strings in the kitchen. I took a home ec cooking coarse in high school, which was taught by the traditional I'm-not-married-but when-I-do-get-married-it-will-be-my-whole-life-cooking-and-cleaning teacher. She regarded Betty Crocker's cookbook as a second to the Bible, and made sure we students did too. After that class my cooking passion went on hold until I got married and finished undergrad. Now, with a husband to feed, and in-laws to impress, I find myself watching food network, buying specialty kitchen tools, and searching websites for that perfect recipe, and that is how I found Recipezaar.