Formerly an enthusiastic cook, now mother of 2 and still struggling with modifying my cooking life. I thought I left all those comfort foods (read: over eating!) behind, but now I see why they are so popular: they're EASY. Sigh. But now that my kids are 6 and 8, they're out exploring foods with me. Yeah! This is an adjustment I'm eager to make with them. Now, I'm back to scouring recipes for pleasure and experiences ... to share with kiddoes, this time. UPDATE: Well, the kids are growing up, and I have one with a sophisticated palate (hardly eats junk food) and another with a less than sophisticated palate (will eat good foods, but loves junk food, too). They're 12 and 14 now. AND -- I've entered a new food services career: craft services for the food industry. BOY, is that challenging. I want to be FABULOUS, but must be so in the face of challenging conditions. And so I scour the recipes again, in search of 1) portable 2) easy 3) attractive and 4) general appeal appetizers. Seasonal, too.