I live in southwest Missouri and love it here. The Ozarks provide me all the things I need (except the ocean...) sun, rolling hills, forests, rivers, and lots of outdoor activities. Also, it allows my family to grow TONS of fresh veggies about 8-9 months out of the year. Between my uncles bringing me wild turkey and venison and my friends giving me sides of beef I certainly never run out of fresh ingredients. I love to cook for friends and have just recently started getting really into it. I love my crock-pot. My favorite cookbook is Sassafrass! and the one my mother made for me of all our southern favorites.