I'm a born and bred Texan. I love the southwest and southern style of living, but most of all I love the aroma and tastes of the southwest and southern foods. I have been cooking for almost half a centry now, most of which has been plain down home flavors. I love to collect recipes like some folks collect stamps or coins. I am retired from the trucking industry and having sampled most of all the 48 states and Canada, I spend most of my time with my wife of 38 years and we enjoy our 3 sons, their wives and 8 grandchildren.