I am Multi-Racial. One word to sum up my entire family: "Mutts". Cooking has always been a BIG deal in our family. Everyone knows how to cook! We spend as much time eating, as we do preparing it. I learned how to cook when I was 12 years old. My Father made me stand next to my Mother while she cooked each meal. I make EVERYTHING from scratch. Good cooking is when you create your own dishes with your own spices because not everybody has the same pallate. If the recipe calls for a teaspoon of something, don't be afraid to add a little more of "this and that", a pinch here and there. (After you've followed it for the first time that is). As with everything else, when you cook with love and passion... nothing can go wrong!