While I don't have a lot of extra time for cooking, I truly enjoy the process. My mom was a good cook and my dad was a gourmet style cook. Dad wasn't afraid to experiment and often tried new dishes. I am an adventurous person, so with the influence of my father, I've applied that sense to cooking. I get a kick out of trying new recipes. I was an athlete in school, so I've always been in decent shape, but the middle age years have brought a weight challenge, which I attempt to meet with healthy recipe choices. The most important things in my life to me are God and family. I have many interests besides cooking, including music, reading, writing, sports, working out, movies, travel, blackjack, and so much more.