Hello. I, like many of us, once aspired to be a chef..but later realized I wanted to keep it as my passion, instead of making it "work". Currently I live in Houston with my homecookin guinea pig, Walker. I work in recruiting by day, and enjoy many hobbies outside of work such as gardening, cooking, volunteer work, golf and enjoying the houston nightlife. My advice as a cook is don't be scared to go outside of the "norm" every once in a while, you just might find something you've been missing! I always try to shop by a list, but I also always leave room for one new ingredient. Stuff you see all the time and wonder what it's for or what it tastes like, particularly different fruits and veggies and sauces and marinades. Usually if you buy it, you can "google up" a recipe later on. I'm a frugal shopper and love finding "more bang for your buck" kind of recipes; but we also try to eat meats and produce that is free of hormones and chemicals. I freeze a lot so that we dont waste food, since there's only two of us, and I also will recycle last nights food into tonights.