Growing up in NYC my mother's side of the family was all in the resturant, deli or catering so it is kinda shocking that I myself attempted my first recipes in my twenties not knowing even basic skills in the kitchen. Now, as a stay at home mom of a pre-schooler, I cook three meals a day for our family, host most holidays and doing the weekend BBQ/grill with friends and family. I really enjoy gathering my ingredients from the local famers markets and specialilty stores. I have the luxury to shop 'off' hours and I ask a zillions questions and I'm still learning but I've come along way from those first meals I cooked (or under cooked/ burned, ect.) I asked my mom why she didn't teach me to cook and she said she was always stuck in the resturants/kitchen herself as a kid and just wanted me to be able to play and she waited for me to take an interest.