I am a fourth generation Angeleno -- born in Los Angeles -- and not Hispanic. I come from a very Catholic and very spiritual family. I have worked in one form of ministry or another most of my life. I cook for pleasure and relaxation. Now that I live alone, I have to be creative about finding audiences for my creations -- yes, creations, I adapt recipes to suite my whim, people's food needs, what I have available, what I feel like eating, what I'm allergic to, etc.