I am a fifth grade teacher, 32 years old, married, no children yet. My love of cooking comes from my mother, who is an exuberant and creative cook. She cooks with her hands, which is probably why I love the feel, smell, sight, and taste of the cooking process. I believe cooking is as much an art as it is a science. It's one of the things I look forward to doing each day. It's a creative process that both relaxes and energizes me. I am also passionate about using foods that are as fresh and close to the earth as possible.