I grew up in South Bend, Indiana and love the wholesome, comfort food of the midwest. Nothing beats a whole baked chicken, butter bisquits, fresh, grilled sweet corn and homemade apple pie. But I have always had a craving for exotic foods as well. I love Japanese, Indian and Tex-Mex and I am an accomplished Thai chef, having apprenticed in the home of a college friend for four years. I cut recipes from Real Simple and Food & Wine magazines and love to experiment with combining this recipe with that. I am a fan of ethinicgrocer.com for hard to find items. As much as I love trekking to Chinatown for exotic Asian spices, its much easier to shop online. Glad I found this site.