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I am military wife, an artist, a teacher, and a mother to my beagle, Willie. I absolutely love to cook (uncommon among my 20-something friends), and do it often. I grew up in the Southern cooking tradition, however my paternal Italian grandmother, who viewed a meal as the most precious gift she could give her family, also influences me greatly. As an artist, I value the experience of food, as I do many other things in my life. I look for what it does to the senses. The smell of each ingredient added, the taste, the feeling in my mouth. It is an experience. I am looking for some healthy recipes currently to add to my repetoire (lord knows I have plenty of unhealthy ones), as my husband I seek to eat a more complete diet rich in nutrients. If you come across this profile or any of my recipes I hope you enjoy. Bon Appetite!