I am the oldest in a family of seven kids (I still can't figure out how to cook for two!), and have two sons. Ok fine, one is actually my husband but sometimes it seems like he's my first kid! I was raised with a strong sense of family and my Italian heritage, although I am also Irish and German, and this has definitely influenced my cooking preferences. Since I was a girl I have been notorious for choosing cookbooks as my casual reading. I always enjoyed looking up new recipes, unique foods, and different cooking methods, but it wasn't until I got married that I finally had the time and space to really flex my wooden spoon (so to speak).