I joined RZ in 2007 while home on maternity leave after my son was born. I admit, I had no clue how to cook or what to cook! My Mom (who is 100% Italian) and my Grandmother who also lives with my Family did all of the cooking so I never did it or learned. Everyone I knew just went crazy for the dishes that my Mom or Grandma made and being in my 30's I was a bit embarassed to admit, I had no idea how to cook like they do. I decided to experiment with cooking on my own and this site is absolutely my favorite for recipes! By Nov 2008 my second child, a daughter was born. She was born disabled so I am now a full time home Mom and I have to admit, cooking is now something that helps soothe me, gets me through difficult times and something that I just enjoy so much and just 2 years ago, never knew how! I have RZ to thank and all it's wonderful members who share recipes! I eventually would like to gather more of my Mom & Grandmother's recipes and share them with all of you! PS- A very special thank you to Kittencal who has been wonderful to speak to and share great recipes!