I'm a bartender living in Portland, Oregon. I work in a dive bar on W Burnside. My Husband is a cab driver but used to be a kitchen manager/head pitt chef at a BBQ restaurant. He fishes constantly in his spare time, so I get lots of fresh salmon and steelhead. I'm originally from Michigan so I have a lot of good midwestern comfort food experience. I've also lived in New Orleans twice in the past 6 years (for a total of 2 years) and learned lots about Cajun and Creole from the locals and the Restaurants I bartended and served in. I've been cooking since I was about 6 years old. My very first baking experience consisted of short cakes my mom had baked, chocolate sprinkles and a microwave..lol. I guess I started out being creative. I knew I was destine for great things when my mom yelled at me for taking her avon lotion to make my mud pies outside. My favorite cookbook growing up was the classic fanny farmer. It had everything from dinner to dessert. Over the years I started not using recipes as much though. I'm what they call a pinch here and a pinch there. I like lush velvets and lacey things. I wouldn't call myself "gothic" because I don't deal well with whiney socially retarded people in those "groups". I do like rich dark colors and older classic styles though. I'm an 80's child so I listen to a lot of The Cure, Depechemode and Concrete blonde. But I also like Jeff Buckley, Pj Harvey, Nick Cave and Tom Waits. Dinner parties or eating dinner with nice wine requires some Vivaldi, Enya or Delerium. I like a lot of different music, but more into relaxing stuff these days.