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I live in outside a small town in Oregon, between Salem and Portland. I work in a most beautiful enviroment with Benedictine Monks in St. Benedict Oregon in the Mount Angel Abbey Library. My husband and I have 4 sons (all grown up and on their own). We have 2 grandchildren and one on the way. I am 53 and have been cooking since I was 10. I have approximately 200 cookbooks and they are all my favorites! My husband and I like to travel, especially to the Caribbean. Our favorite place is the Island of Tortola in the West Indies (the best place in the world to buy inexpensive spices!) For the last 15 years I have entered baked foods into the State Fair and now have quite a collection of first, second and third place ribbons.