I live in a small village at the foot of the Laurel Mountains with my husband, 16yr old son, and our kitty, Henrietta. I have been cooking since about the age of 8 when I surprised my mom with scrambled eggs and toast on Mother's Day I guess I fell in love with food and cooking because my mom loves to cook also. (She should, she had to cook for her family of 9 children, me being the baby.) She was always making something different and "Homemade" was what everything was. I was a homemade bread (not Wonder Bread) kid. My knowledge of cooking comes from 18 years of cooking in restaurants and from my passion for reading cookbooks. I find there is so much more to get out of a cookbook than just a recipe. And now I can add the web and Recipezaar to my resources.