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My name is Janel. I live in Massachusetts, 30 minutes north of Boston. I am one of 5 children & grew up in a house of 7. All our meals consisted of meat, instant potatoes or instant bread stuffing, and canned vegetables. I always promised myself I would not be that type of cook, and strive to prepare meals as fresh as possible. It's difficult at times since I truly like the taste of junk like Kraft Mac N' Cheese & Hamburger Helper. I moved out of my mothers house two years ago, and made a promise to myself to be a better cook than that for myself and for my future children. I make an effort to use fresh ingredients. I consider myself a kind carnivore; I research the meat I buy and try to buy non hormone injected meat. I love the summer time in New England, because of the fresh vegetables offered for sale on various farms.