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I live on top of a ridge overlooking a lovely little valley. I'm a wife and stay-at-home mom to a pair of English Bulldogs, a Chow mix, and a trio of calico cats. My husband makes the world safe for tooth models everywhere (he makes toothpaste tubes and travels the world doing it). We both love food, probably more than we should. He is absolutely addicted to kitchen gadgets, and I spend a lot of time trying to keep him from buying every single one he comes across. They aren't all quite as useful as their infomercials would have you believe, you know. I love to cook, though haven't really done much in the way of creating my own recipes because despite all the cakes I made as a kid and all the times I got roped into being the official pudding stirer at the holidays, I never learned how to cook real food from my mother, which is one of my greatest regrets. She died when I was still in my teens, so that was one lesson she never got to teach me. I get my love of food from her, though, and have spent most of my life trying to duplicate some of my favorite dishes from my childhood.