I love to cook. I taught cooking classes for many years, owned and operated a catering business for 10 years, have an obscene number of cookbooks and recipes in my collection and love to entertain. I live on an island with my Husband, a parrot, a dog named Zoom and a commercial stove in my kitchen. We own two businesses here. My full-time work is in the travel industry. I am an old-fashioned from scratch kind of cook that believes in knowing the basics but I know in today's busy world not everyone can cook this way. I know a lot of shortcuts too and will be happy to share whatever knowledge I have as well as learning from all of you. I was on another cooking forum for over 10 years and am just switching to see what you folks are all about.