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I am the oldest daughter in a blended family of 11. I've been a Registered Nurse for more than 15 years, working swing or night shifts in a variety of settings. I'm a completely self taught cook, and only wish the super easy, Mr. Food type of cookbooks were around when I was struggling! For fun I love to read, listen to music or create new taste sensations for my small family and (lucky) co-workers. I've written almost 750 reviews on music/books/cookware and more, (including probbably 100 easy recipes), at Epinions.com, in the past 5 years. You'll find me tending my backyard container garden, (avocado, mango, guava, pomegranate, artichoke, grape tomato, herbs, shallots, Flame grapes, Golden Delicious apples, blueberries, Pluots, Apriums, Peachcots and so on), or playing with our puppy and 2 kitties-all 3 rescue animals from various shelters.