I am a 50-something gal living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. I am self-employed. I have also lived in Michigan, New York, Florida, and Tennessee. My favorite cookbooks include The Open-House Cookbook (Sara Leah Chase) and For Goodness Taste (Junior League of Rochester, NY), as well as anything by Ina Garten. One of my pastimes is growing orchids (yes, they actually can do well in this cold and light-deprived part of the world!). I love to travel. I have an all-black cat whom I adore. She loves gaining unauthorized access to the things I cook when I'm not looking!