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I've loved to cook ever since I got that Easy-Bake oven for Christmas at age five! There is no food I truly dislike (except processed junk, of course). I became a vegetarian about 16 years ago, but before that, one of my favorite things was fried chicken livers. I still kind of miss those! I'm not a purist; now and then a bit of grilled salmon is irresistible...so I've stopped trying to label myself!
I love to get out and ride my bike around town, and spending time at the gym working out with weights and swimming is one of my ways of relaxing and feeling good. I'm lucky to live just half a mile from a grocery store, so on nice days I like to take my handy rolling market cart and walk there. Sometimes I do my best menu-planning while strolling along the sidewalk!
My married daughter in San Antonio got my "cooking gene" for sure. We love nothing better than getting in the kitchen together when I visit her, or when she comes home. Holidays are our favorites---we like a "pretty presentation" and doing the tables, centerpieces, and so forth, as well as trying new recipes and menus.
The only sort of cooking I'm not overfond of is grilling out, but that's fine; my husband is the King of the Grill and takes over when we entertain out on the deck. I'm happy to do the appetizers and sides in the INDOOR kitchen!
I love Italy and France, and have many recipes scribbled on napkins from my trips there. I'm in an Italian study group, and the six of us enjoy getting together and trying recipes. My husband and I are also in a supper club, and each month there's a different theme: this summer we hosted a luau with a variety of tropical dishes.
I was excited to be chosen "Chef of the Day" on October 17, 2009! Thank you, Recipezaar, and all the friends/fellow cooks I've met here. Let's keep on cookin'!