I am a native Californian. I am 42 years old and am married to my best friend Tony. We have 2 gorgeous children. A son who is 12 and my daughter is 9. Our other baby is our Jack Russel Terrior Bali. I have always loved to cook. My dream in my 20's was to become a chef and own a catering business. I took some catering courses and was addicted to the Food Network (when it first came out) it taught me so many techniques and was awesome. I didn't make it to either of those dreams as I had to work full time and then raise my children. I now love to entertain and cook for my family. Both my children love to cook too and we enjoy spending time in the kitchen together. I love Recipe Zaar and enjoy reading all the ratings and recipes.