I am a Bachelor, empty nester, single father. I raised both my kids through their teenage years. The biggest compliment I ever received was that my kids preferred staying or living with me because I cooked real food. I have always been challenged because I have never had the facilities or budget to have all the fresh and interesting ingredients that are called for or shown on all the cooking shows and websites. I do my best, but have to admit that I am somewhat of a cook-by-the-numbers type of guy. I am starting to get more adventurous and learning what the flavors of various spices and herbs are. My favorite cookbook is 'Cast Iron Skillet' (I inherited 6 pieces of castiron that are at least 75 years old).