I'm Ceressa from Chicago. I have been cooking for almost 50 years. I learned from watching, reading Julia and others and experimenting. As a home cook, I have done many kinds of cooking (dinner parties, catering, kids, fund raisers, etc.) and am now down to cooking for one. I no longer follow recipes, but just look at technique and adapt ingredients. I am Highly allergic to dill, tarragon and basil and have to be very careful of other's cooking. I am here to learn on many subjects and be part of the food community .