I am a stay at home, homeschooling mom. My 3 (so far) kids love to help me cook, so it doesn't always turn out "perfect" but we do make some original recipes that way! (like my praline cheesecake). My dad trained as a chef under one of Louisiana's Chefs of the Year, and my dadtaught me many professional basics, but my real "education" in cooking came from reading tons of how-to and cook books, and then experimenting on my poor husband. He's survived 11 years of my cooking so far, and he's learning not to be so picky!