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I learned how to cook through divine miraculous osmosis. When my mother (a great cook) tried to teach me anything I always ran the other way. However when I moved away to college it wasnt long until Thanksgiving rolled around. I was hungry and far from home. I decided I would make dinner for all 8 roomates! I called home and asked mom what temperature a 20 pound turkey needed to be cooked at and for how long. She laughed at me. Snubbed I continued with what I remembered from afar. BTW that bird was awesome! Bolstered by that initial success I have soldiered on - through many cooking tragedies and some fantastic mistakes too. Once a secret closet chef I have stepped out into the open and am happy to share and learn. I love to make new things and attempt recipies I once considered impossible. With my love at my side and his suspicious tasting habits I manage to hold down the stove. :) I am teaching myself how to pickle right now. Amazingly, my first batch of dilled beans came out great. Mom won a blue ribbon in the fair for pickles once. I must have gotten the genes along with the blessing of cooking osmosis.