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Although the kind of cooking I was raised on and most enjoy would best be described as down-home, Southern comfort food, that is not my history in the the least. My mother came from Wyoming rather than the deep south, but she is a wonderful cook and an expert at comfort food. We always had someone extra at our dinner table as a kid, so I learned how to cook for a crowd. My husband, teen-age daughter, and tween son tease me about cooking for the 5th regiment rather than a family of four, but they all seem to enjoy it. Although I love to cook, I also love to perform and so there are many times when my two passions don't allow enough time for one another. It's rather difficult to give voice lessons in the afternoon, be at a theatre by 6:30 for a performance call and still create the kind of meals I truly enjoy cooking. Until I can find a way to marry these two passions, I enjoy collecting and creating recipes and trying them out on my family and friends.