I live in southern Alberta and am a paralegal for a mid-sized firm - I am the tongue-sticker-outer in the picture, the other girl is my best friend and my sister. I love to cook and will only bake occasionally. I would rather cook a five course meal than bake a cake. We eat a lot of ethnic food in our house - especially as the area we live in has few good restaurants - most are chain stores. I had some severe health problems in the past and ended up losing my large intestine - as a result I try to eat healthy, non-processed foods that don't aggravate my condition. The only foods I really can't eat are shrimp and bean sprouts. My two biggest passions would be camping and reading. The best is when I can be doing both at the same time! My boyfriend and I have been together for seven years and we have two wonderful, spoiled cats named Stew and Hummer. A note on ratings: I believe that one of the most valuable features on this site is the ratings system. I rate dishes according to how I honestly felt about them. If I didn't like someone's dish I will give it a one or two star and explain why. I am not out to hurt anyone's feelings (and won't have mine hurt in return) but I don't think that rating a recipe high even when it has inherent flaws helps anyone else on the site. Just my take on things, you can take it or leave it.