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I am a very-happily-married man and stay-at-home Dad to my beautiful 10-month-old girl (as of March, 2015). I also see to all the household chores and duties while my wife runs a small music therapy business. I love to cook and bake, and have a major love affair with chocolate and sweets in general. I love charcoal grilling and smoking, as well as baking bread, my cast iron skillet, and recently, I have rediscovered the slow cooker since my favorite food magazine, "Cooks' Illustrated" and the folks at "America's Test Kitchen, came out with their two "Slow Cooker Revolution" books. They are pretty much the only slow cooker recipes I trust to come out well every time. I enjoy making and perfecting the classics, but also like to create new recipes of my own now and then. We are also determined to grow some things in our garden despite the climate is very much against us here. The goal is a variety of herbs and easy-to-grow vegetables, as well as the most elusive of all - tomatoes. I consider m yself a very well-rounded cook in both my food preferrances and culinary abilities.