I live in a suburb on Chicago, IL. I never really cooked as a kid. I think my Mom found it easier to send us kids out to play so we wouldn't get in her way in the kitchen. Later, since my husband likes to cook, I didn't cook much when I got older, either. He makes a mean Creme Brulee. Now I am trying new things and enjoying it very much. Things don't always come out right the first time, so I do it again a different way. Cooking is kind of creative, isn't it?