I grew up surrounded by many varieties of food - lots of good food, and some experiments. My family and friends are all people that love and appreciate good food. I enjoy the process of cooking and at this point I'm still using recipes to cook most new things I try but aim to be able to invent tasty things on my own. I also appreciate uncomplicated, fairly quick recipes. My favorite flavors are those with a Latin flair - fresh and spicy! I think cooking is a great way to socialize with friends and family. Besides cooking, I love to travel, go Latin dancing, photography, take advantage of Minneapolis in the summer, and go to coffee shops. Other than that, I just finished graduate school and look forward to having much more time to cook!