I live in Memphis, home of the blues and the birthplace of rock-n-roll. Because of my involvement in music (see further below), I love cooking as a means of relaxing and my boyfriend loves to eat so it works out well! I like to cook middle-eastern (Persian/Iranian) food as well as Mediterranean but living in the mid-south (and having lived in Texas for over a decade), I do like to occasionally try updated twists on old southern (comfort) favorites. I'm always looking for ways to cut down on the fat/calories and to speed up the process when cooking. I'm extremely busy and involved in a myriad of activities outside of home/work. By day, I'm a Medicaid account rep at a regional hospital and I'm on the board of directors for Girls Incorporated Memphis. By night (hee hee), I'm involved in the music business in Memphis: I'm on the executive board of several music organizations: the Mid-South Band Association; the James Austin Musicians Assistance Program; the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commissions Musicians Advisory Council; and a member of the Memphis Blues Society; the Memphis Acoustic Music Association; and a venue coordinator and volunteer for the Blues Foundation. I'm also involved in a readers discussion group, TCASK organization and have a regular email newsletter with over 1700 subscribers. I started out in the blues but spend most of my time involved with original rock bands (yes, I like hard rock, too!). I am also a fan of classical, jazz and acoustic music, be it americana, celtic, folk or bluegrass. I just love it all! And oddly, my hearing is intact! When I'm not involved in any of those activities, I love to cook, read, needlepoint, make greeting cards (rubber stamping/paper arts), hike and just hang out with my wonderful boyfriend. Did I mention that he loves to eat?