I was raised in SoCal and currently live in Las Vegas I am a licensed veterinary technician as well as a registered nurse. I grew up in my parents restaurant, so I learned to cook by watching and doing. No recipes, just what the basic ingredients were. I cooked for a while during my teen years and got to make my own creations which was fun, but left the business in '93..many fond memories still remain. I am mom to a wonderful 12 year old daughter who shares my love of cooking, although her tastes run to the exotic (at least for most 12 year olds I know). She loves Japanese, Chinese and and Thai food. Her favorites are Jellyfish and sushi.