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I am a banker who loves to cook. I prefer actual cooking to baking. However, I do bake my own bread on a weekly basis, as well as provide my family of four with homemade quick breads, cookies and easy desserts as much as possible. I am a big believer in cooking from scratch, even if it may take more time. I think it is better for us and tastes better too! We eat out very seldom and none of us care for fast food. I own MANY cookbooks, but spend a lot of time on Zaar just browsing. I use my slow cooker often and in the winter I like to use the oven for slow braising on the weekends. My husband grows a big garden in the summer, and I love to use the fresh herbs and produce. I also can and preserve what we can't eat.