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I'm a displaced Hoosier now living in the Land of Lincoln. A nurse by occupation and lover of life by choice. I began cooking with my Grandmother on the farm where she had hired hands to feed a hearty breakfast and lunch. I joined 4H as soon as I was old enough and loved compeating at the county fair. I spent 2 years in Germany after high school living in a small town. The neighbor ladies took me under their wings and taught me to make many local favorites. Not exactly a pet peeve but close: I find it sad to look in the grocery carts while shopping and see them full of frozen meals and junk foods. I have scaled down my collection of cookbooks as I found some I never used. The favorites I kept include Southern Living 1979-1990. I also use many recipes from Bert Green cookbooks.