Hi, my name is Stacy. I live in a small farm town in northern Illinois with my husband, two teenage daughters, and two cats. I work from home doing medical dictations for an orthopaedic surgeon. Although I've been married for 20 years, meals have never been an exciting event. If it involved anything above opening a can, forget it. Only in the past few years have I really gotten interested in true cooking and become more adventuresome in the kitchen and trying to not lean so heavily on recipe cards. I've discovered the joy of doubling recipes and freezing half for nights that are a challenge or when I've had a rough day and don't feel up to cooking. I canned my first batches of spaghetti sauce and salsa this fall, using stuff from my very own backyard garden. I hope to can some apples yet this year.