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Growing up in small town Iowa (4,000 people - make that a village!) my diet mainly consisted of corn, red meat, and potatoes. There were nights when we would have just corn for dinner and think nothing of it! Nowadays, however, my taste buds have definitely changed. Living in beautiful, sunny San Diego, my weekend would not be complete without a trip to the farmer's market for fresh veggies, herbs, and flowers. I love to travel and that has really influenced my bravery to try new things (including some Asian "dilicacies" that I will refrain from in the future!) and my cooking style. Rarely do I make repeat recipes b/c I get so excited about trying new ones, much to the annoyance of my hubby... :) When I'm not found in the kitchen, I'm either at school teaching 5th grade (greatest passion above anything!) or enjoying the outdoors. I love beach and trail running and yoga. The boy loves surfing and as terrified as I am of jelly fish and freezing water, I think I'm going to try my hand at it again here sometime soon. :) One of life's greatest joys for me is watching the sunset. I walk down at least four times a week to watch the show. There's usually quite the group that forms in the area I go to, and it's absolute tranquility when the sun slowly dips beneath the ocean, as we all watch in silence. If it's more beautiful than normal, there's usually even a round of applause afterwards. Yea, nature. :)