I live in a small town in Massachuesetts. I was born in a small town in Vermont, raised in a small town in New Hampshire. I moved to the city during my twenties, that was a culture change. Now I'm happy to be back in a small town. I'm all about New England. I'm always looking for a good recipe to cook or bake. Comfort food during the long cold winters and clambakes items for the summer. I work as a function manager and am getting ideas from the chef who works here. The best advice she has given me has been, a recipe is just a guideline. You can add and subtract whatever you want. I have been able to find an awesome red sauce recipe from scratch sent to me via recipezaar member and fellow Red Soxs Fan! I learned how to cook out of pure self defense. As much as I love my mother, she can't cook. Unfortuantely my younger sister has obtained my mother's cooking skills. My father's mother who lived with us growing up couldn't cook either. She could bake. THAT she was good at. My mother would microwave EVERYTHING, including roast beef. Even to this day, Roast beef in the microwave for 15 minutes and its done. Its not exactly tasty. My grandmother would boil everything to the point of non-chewable. I refuse to use the microwave unless it is reheating something. The foodnetwork channel is my all time favorite channel. I love Paula Deen and Tyler Florence, although I wish his new show would stop making me dizzy with the camera shots moving so quickly around the set. Its funny to go to parties and bring something that I made. Most of my friends are all married with children and are always impressed that I can cook. Especially my childihood friends who know exactly how my mother cooks. :-) I've brought many items where I got the recipes for this website and have gotten others hooked on this website as well.