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I'm 26 and have been experimenting in the kithcen since I was 5 years old. Something always attracted me to the stove, and I aspire to run a professional kitchen someday. I am a vegetarian, and enjoy recreating classic comfort foods without meat. THis means either using a meat substitute or making my own meat substitutes from scratch ( 2 years ago I made a home made vegetarian turkey and my friends carnivorous husband ate more of it than I did ) Most recently, I have become obsessed with low calorie cooking. My goals are to make the largest portions of food with as little fat and calories as possible without losing any flavor. I developed, manufacturd and sell my own line of dry spice mixes in my community (http://www.allinthemix.net) . I started the company in February of 2006, and so far, it has gotten me a job running a snack bar for a Theater show, an article in a local magazine, and I have an opportunity to present my recipe's and business model to a local pub owner (later this week actually). I am also working on publishing some of my vegetarian and low calorie recipe's before this summer.