My husband, two sons, and I just moved to Fresno after having lived in the Palm Springs area since 1995. These days, I am primarily a stay at home mom, homeschooling our 15 year old son and trying to help our 20 year old son get started in life. In my previous life, I worked as a researcher for not for profit organizations of various types, mostly in the area of fund raising. I am also a volunteer for AFS, the international student exchange program. I'm an OK cook (my husband is terrific and used to do a lot of the family cooking), and both my husband and I enjoy playing with food ideas and making up recipes. RecipeZaar has been a godsend for us because we are getting so many new and wonderful ideas on how to fix things that appeal to everyone in our family! We have a lot of food allergies (all different, naturally), and that plus some of our younger son's food phobias has made fixing meals everyone can eat very difficult. The 'Zaar's search "Sifter" has made everything much easier!!! My favorite cookbook, before the 'Zaar came into my life, was The Joy of Cooking, but I collected many dozens of other ones, everything from the little ones that come along with appliances to interesting finds at thrift stores and others. I particularly like ethnic foods, but the recipes are sometimes hard to translate.