Hello Everyone, I just found this board with a google search on Paula Deen of all people. I am a big fan of hers and many other personalities of the Food Network. I am a good ole Southern Girl who will be 41 on my next birthday. Recently, I have discovered while out on medical leave for surgery that I love love love the Food Network and all the cooking shows. I have also discovered the inner chef inside and delight myself with my new found hobby. I have always cooked but it was mostly pre-packaged things. Imagine my surprise when I made a cake from scratch for my MIL's birthday and it was delicious. :chef: I am the mother of 2 boys (ages 20, Marine just back from Iraq, 16, driving and driving me crazy). I re-married a wonderful man almost 4 years ago who had 2 children (boy 19, ready to graduate, girl 17-who lives with her mother). I have a step-daughter from the previous marriage who I am still very close to (age 21 and recently married). My life is very full and I find that cooking really makes me feel good. My family seem to enjoy my new found talent and I am really feeling a sense of accomplishment. I am even considering taking some culinary classes at the local communit college in the fall. Has anyone on here gone that route before? Just wanted to say hello - hope to get to know you all better in the future. God bless.