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My name is Sydney. I have 3 sons, who are 19, 17 and 15 and a wonderful girlfriend. Fortunately for me, they love just about anything I make. I am an office manager. I love to work on stained glass projects, bowling, NASCAR (#9), reading and of course cook. :) I love to read cookbooks, especially old ones to find ideas to inspire me. I like to try new recipes. To me, food is a gift of love. I like to show people I care about them with the things that I make. My mom is an awesome cook. As a teenager however I was almost never in the kitchen, so I guess I learned to cook by osmosis ;D I remember making several calls to my mom when I moved out on my own and when I was a new bride, and I would write some of it down, but my mom doesnt always go by a recipe for her standard things, she has it in her head. Things she learned to make from her mom never used measurements, it was it should "look" like this or "taste" like that, or "feel" this way. So I learned to cook very oddly/old school, and it can make for passing on a recipe very difficult. Although because I learned to cook this way, I never think "I cant make that", rather I think "I bet I can find a recipe for that...." No recipe yet has intimidated me so maybe its a good thing. One of my pet peeve's in reference to food is people who say "eeewwwwww I dont like that. I've never tried it but I dont like it" and picky eaters. Zaar has become my favorite cookbook. What I like about Zaar is the "save to cook book" function. I love that the recipes I want are only a mouse click away. My absolute favorite place to be is the beach. We live about 3 hours away right now. One day, I want to live in Myrtle Beach full time. I want to be where its warm most of the time. :)