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I’m a naturalized Texan. That means I’m here by choice, not be accident of birth. I was raised in New Jersey where Mom was the queen of the kitchen and I cut my teeth on a wooden spoon, literally. My husband and I live on 6 acres (small for Texas) with horses, dogs, cats and a pet snake. My favorite foods are casseroles that I can dump leftovers in. The same with soups. My husband is an easy-keeper, fortunately, so he eats anything I put in front of him. The first thing Mom taught me to make was a cream sauce and then gravy. She said if I learned that, all the rest was easy. She was almost right. I can’t make pie crust to save myself. Thank goodness for Pillsbury Redi-crust in a box. My bread machine is my other life saver. I won’t call myself a baker, having NEVER made bread from scratch. Speaking of life savers, try Ore-Ida’s frozen mashed potatoes. My family can’t tell the difference, except I’ve been asked to “Please leave in some lumps”.