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I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and now live in the Dallas area. I learned a lot about cooking from my Granny who was an excellent down home cook. She was one of those that could cook most anything from memory. Very seldom did she use a recipe or use measuring cups unless it was for baking. She used the pinch of this, a dash of that method.Wish I would have paid more attention back in the day but luckily my sister remembers most of the things I don't. I, on the other hand, most always have to have a recipe in front of me no matter how many times I've made something. I have a ton of cookbooks that are now a little dusty since I came across Recipezaar a few years ago. There is one thing here with the reviewers that bothers me a bit. They will completely change ingredients or cooking method and then leave a negative review. I usually try to follow a recipe as closely as possible although sometimes I will change it due to ingredients on hand or to personal preference but if I make the slightest alteration and don't like it, I just wont leave a review. I love my family, friends and all animals. Especially my 10 year old yorkie Munchkin, my 5 year old silky terrier Rowdy and our outside pets, the geckos. I have the best husband a girl could ever hope for and I'm blessed in so many ways. I so enjoy sharing what I cook with the people I love and hey, if something flops . . . there's always a pizza joint around the corner that will deliver within an hour.