I am married to my best friend, Robin, and we have a six year old daughter named Haley. I like to read, cook, and travel; I'm trying to become a knitter and I'm an inconsistent gardener. I love to be creative with existing ingredients in my pantry and fridge and make something interesting, especially the last week before my once-a-month payday :) I do create a lot of recipes, but I rarely make the same thing twice (or even remember what I made) and don't tend to keep track of measurements. This is my biggest impediment to posting here on 'Zaar. Cooking Pet Peeves: recipes with Campbell's soup, prepared mixes, and other processed foods. I also hate that the food supply in the US is so loaded with additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, etc. I try to buy organic as much as possible to support the movement toward healthier food. When I get discouraged about the price, I remind myself that it's cheaper and much less painful than being sick.