This is my sweet dog baby, Scout, with her summer cut-Only a mother could love those big ears. I am the business mangager for an interior design firm here in Memphis, and no, I have never been to Graceland. But, it is on my to do list! I grew up around a lot of great southern cooks and my mother allowed me to cook and experiment in the kitchen from a young age (as long as I was not under foot). Did I mention that my mother was a caterer the last 15 yrs of her life? On my 7th birthday my favorite aunt let me fry an egg all by my self for the first time. It was my first taste of cooking and I was hooked. At age 10 a family friend gave me my very first cookbook (a Betty Crocker cookbook for kids). In my high school home econ class my friends nicknamed me Betty Crocker, (I was secretly proud). One of my very favorite cookbooks is the 1988 edition of the Memphis Junior League Party Potpourri. Whenever I travel I love to go to used book stores and seek out regional cookbooks. I especially like old/vintage fundraiser cookbooks from churches and home economics chapters, as well as Junior League cookbooks. I think you tend to get a true cross section of a community that way. I love to read cookbooks for pleasure, as well as just about any other kind of book. I think in a past life I was a fish, because I love to swim. I also volunteer around town. If I were to hit the lottery tomorrow I would travel, go back to school just for the sake of learning, go to culinary school, and use my powers for the greater good.