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Left to my own devices, I could happily live on appetizers, dim sum, sandwiches and side salads .I gravitate toward a low-fat, clean eating, graze-as-you-go way of life. I am no longer entirely left to myself, as it happens. My partner and my picky teenager each have their different tastes. Quite a challenge. I have degenerating retinas and as a result, am somewhat sight-impaired.Otherwise, I type 70 wpm relatively accurately, as though that means anything anymore. I love to read. I love to write. I love to cook and I love to eat. I like to read cookbooks for entertainment and especially enjoy the history and personal anecdotes behind them. I have been collecting recipes since I first started hand-copying from a friend's mother’s splattered, battered 1974 edition of “The Joy of Cooking, at age fifteen. I have thousands of clippings going back some 25 years. That's not counting the four loose-leaf, largely handwritten binders. This website is a wonderful means of keeping it all in order, and shedding some of that weighty load of paper by sharing the best of best of my accumulated recipes. I take an intuitive and improvisational approach. If it “needs something,” I can usually figure out what. I try to take the best parts of recipes and experiment until I can consolidate it into one be-all and end-all recipe which then becomes my gold standard for that particular dish. I have one sink, no dishwasher, an overfast oven, a slanting kitchen floor and limited counter space! Furthermore - given the limited selection of withered and well-travelled produce locally, I've had to learn to grow my own, have it mail-ordered, or make it from scratch. I am a condiment maven and make most of my own seasoning blends. I am not much for desserts, baking, presentation...and I’ll admit that I really don’t like to entertain. I’m occasionally expected to contribute to potlucks and holiday dinners, and have an ever-expanding repertoire of suitable larger-quantity dishes developing for that purpose. Saving that stuff for that stage of life when I have grandchildren, and a bigger kitchen containing efficient, modern appliances that I actually own. Pet Peeves Sink full of dishes, likewise the countertop, sticky hands, the sound that salmon bones make while crushing, barking dogs, flying insects, constant interruptions, people in my kitchen, gristle. I resent excessive packaging and individually wrapped grocery items, with the packaging costs passed on to the consumer