Im originally from San Diego, California but now retired and living the tranquilo life in Dominical, Costa Rica! I've always loved to cook for family and friends. Back in the States, had a cookbook collection to rival any library, but sadly had to leave them behind when we moved here. Fortunately, I'm discovering that all my favorite cookbook recipes are already somewhere on the inernet, so it's not so bad after all! Most of the time, I look at recipes just to get ideas and then go with it from memory or what's in the pantry. Hubby is a great cook, too - and we make a wide variety of foods. We especially love italian, greek, and mexican cuisines. Here in Costa Rica, it's difficult to find many of the foods we're accustomed to. So I've learned to make many of the basics we used to take for granted, like ricotta cheese, hummus, tahini, teriyaki sauce, Rose's lime juice, and many liqueurs. Thanks, Food.com for making my search for recipes easier! On the plus side, seafood and veggies are cheap and abundant - the only thing I miss is my USDA Choice ribeye, lamb chops and wild salmon from Costco. Sob!