I am a mother of 2 teenagers who are very picky eaters and a toddler who is just figuring out what he actually likes to eat. What one likes the other hates. Go figure :). I learned to cook growing up in Louisiana. My mother had hand me down recipes from many generations back. I now live in Northern Idaho and love it! My friends up here love my cooking because of the flavors. My very first cookbook was my Grandmothers 'Joy of Cooking', now I have a more current version of it and use it often. That and 'Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook' are my favorites. I know they are basic but you have to start somewhere! Many things I make, I do on the fly...I don't follow recipies, I just throw things together. So many of my recipies here, please feel free to play with. Change to fit your tastes. And have fun!