I'm 72 years young (updated 12/17) & have been cooking for family & friends since I was 11. Lots of basics learned very young (7 +) & Nana Monzano & my fabulous cook of a M-I-L taught me TONs more! I love to cook for friends & family, however have some very real physical challenges to being able to. Hard passing on the cooking & hosting of large family gatherings, but my girls learned very well.I've been severely physically challenged since a drunk driver hit me head-on 24 years ago. So, I have to plan ahead when I cook, doing prep work, & whatever, in little steps through-out the day. Peel veggies for pot-roast at 8:00 am, sit or lie down for 15-30 minutes, braise roast & deglaze pan at 10:30 am, etc. Doing small amounts of the whole, works really well. I do my housekeeping the same way. I was widowed for the 2nd time in 2008, so cat (Tabitha) & I live alone. Have a really great elec. W/C w/adjustable height which enables me to sit while cooking.