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I am 42 years old, single, raised in Texas and I love to cook!!! I have been doing it since I was a child helping my mother and I have been hooked ever since. I learned most of my skills on my own, reading cook books, watching chefs on TV (a lot of that) and most of all trial and error. I have a small library of cookbooks, but I now use Zaar recipes the most. I have made a lot of friends here on Zaar, hello Zaar friends! If any of ya'll Have AIM or are on AOL, put me in your buddy list and chat with me some time! Same name as on here - Chipfo This is my German Shepherd, Gretchen Since I have no children she fills the void, I do however have 3 beautiful nieces in which I adore, at this date, 2009 they are 8, 6 and 4 years old. My brother and I used to have a barbeque stand many years ago on Lake Palestine, we served all the good stuff - sliced and chopped brisket plates or sanwiches, ribs, smoked chicken, sliced pork, sausage and all the fixins, including potato salad, our famous coleslaw, beans etc. In the picture above I am chopped out and that is my brother - Chad Below is a veiw of the whole outfit. I also love to sail, I did a complete restoration on a classic 1969 Westerly Nomad (pictured below), I basically saved her from complete doomI love this boat. I also love my Hobie 18 Magnum, I have won 3 trophies racing the Hobie Cat, from bouy races like the Mid-Americas to long distant races like the Ruff-Riders, a 2 day race starting at S Padre Island ending in Corpus Christi. Below is a picture of me and my brother at one of the races, or as we call them - regattas. I don't think we placed at this one so we were just showing off for the photographers. OK, one more picture, below is my Westerly - I was also Guest Host in the Grilling forum for October 09.