I have been cooking since I was 11 years old (over 50 years!) when my mother started teaching me. I found I really enjoyed it! I have hundreds of cookbooks, subscribe to MANY cooking magazines and e-zines... it is WAY beyond a hobby! I was a Deli Manager for an upscale grocery company in the Puget Sound area for over 7 years (and in the Deli for over 12!) but quit when a huge, Cincinnati-based chain bought us out and changed the company. Working in the downtown Seattle stores was great fun... we had the good fortune to do the catering for many LARGE events!