I was born and raised in the beautiful state of South Carolina. I lived there my whole life until June 2005 months ago when we decided we were tired of dealing with the cold weather and opted to move back to my husband's birthplace (sunny Panama). We are really enjoying the tropical weather (and all the fresh, free produce in our yard) We have mango, papaya, grapefruit, banana, and coconut trees in our yard. No veggetable garden yet, but I hope there will be soon! Our family loved to eat out alot in the States, but as there are not many quality restraunts here (we have Tony Roma's and TGI's) I'm learning to prepare more food at home. I live here with my husband, 3 daughters, son, my mother, and my husband's grandmother. (So we have a FULL house!) I didn't cook much growing up (or eat meat much) so when I married someone who says, a meal isn't meal without meat I had to learn real quick. I was so thrilled to find recipezaar! I get bored with eating the same thing, so its great having a never ending source of recipes at my fingertips.