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I have lived in Lake Charles, LA for the last 6 years; transferring with my job from Dallas, TX. I am married to a wonderful man from Lake Charles and our combined children (his two boys and my one daughter) are grown and in the process of forging their own careers and lives. We are very fond of our two Chihuahuas named Margarita and Cinco they keep us on our toes, as it should be. Cooking, party planning and entertaining has always been a passion and hobby of mine - I just did not realize how much until the last ten years. I have been known to jump at the chance to cater a friends baby shower, or friend's son graduation party - it is my therapy and my joy. If anyone should happen to mention the topic of cooking or recipes I cannot contain my enthusiasm - I'm a true "foodie". To have a favorite cook book is difficult to list I easily have over 100, two of my sentimental favorites are: "San Francisco a la Carte" and "In Julia's Kitchen With Master Chef's"; both of which were gifts from special people in my life at special times. The Julia Child cookbook is also signed by Julia Child and will forever be one of my prized possessions.