I "retired" in June of 2000 as a Technology Director for school district in the Portland Metro area. My husband and I bought a new home that backs up to a private grass airstrip that we share with 14 neighbors. I have found some time to put in a large garden on our half acre in between consulting jobs. My love of cooking goes way back even before I joined my first 4-H cooking club at 9 years old. Nine years of 4-H lead to winning the Oregon award in Foods and Nutrition and a trip to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago in 1971. As an adult I have lived in Oregon, California, Texas, Washington DC, Philippines (4 years), Idaho, Washington state, and finally back to Oregon. I have enjoyed learning about new cuisines in each locale.