Hi! I am a displaced meeting planner living in a Western suburb of Chicago. I spent most of my childhood years living in a small town about 50 miles south of St. Louis, MO (hence my southern roots). So, why am I on here???? I'm passionate about food - I love to search for new recipes (I rarely EVER make the same thing twice!), collect cookbooks, watch cooking shows on the Food Network and cooking channels, cook and EAT my creations haha! When I'm not in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling, working on house projects and spending time with family, friends, my husband and our Westie, Finn! :-) I take great pleasure in making memorable meals for the people I care about and hope to someday create a cookbook for them. There are so many wonderful recipes I've stumbled upon that I'd like to share. Thanks Allrecipes!!!