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I am a retired computer programmer whose main responsibility now is caring for my husband, boatload of cats and one half-crazed German Shepherd Dog. I started baking for my birth family when I was in my teens, as Mom never did it. Thanks to the Time Life Series on international cooking, I made my first foray into that when I was 13 or 14. I had just had a luau at the home of a friend, and we decided to recreate as much of it as we could at home. Hello eggrolls and haupia! In my current household, it's sometimes a challenge because DH prefers bland beef, while I prefer dishes spicy and as far away from beef as possible. However, that still leaves a lot of territory with some thought and compromise. It all works out. I appreciate RecipeZaar (aka food.com) alot for all the great recipes, new tastes, and fun company. I.