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Hi, My name is Gee. Like most of you, I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. It seems like the kitchen is the heart and center of a home. So many activities take place there–kids doing homework at the kitchen table, planning meals, creating projects and, of course, enjoying meals.

I have fond memories of my grandmother’s kitchen. My grandmother was an excellent cook. She made the most amazing cinnamon coffee cake and all without measuring any of the ingredients. I can still imagine the smell of the warm brown sugar and cinnamon flavors.

My mother was also a good cook. I am a native of the South where Southern food has its own unique slant. My mother’s specialty was biscuits made from scratch, rolled out and cut into perfectly round shape. We would slice them and put a pat of margarine inside. These were mouth-watering good. They were so good that some of my friends always wanted to know when Mrs Davis made biscuits. My mother always made sure to make a batch large enough to share.

My sister seemed to inherit my mother and grandmother’s talent for cooking. She loves to cook and she makes delicious “rolls.” Her rolls always turn out so moist and soft that they practically melt in your mouth. I usually try to duplicate hers on special occasions but no matter how much effort I put into it, mine don’t turn out like hers.

I’ll confess, though, cooking hasn’t always been my favorite task. I didn’t learn to cook until I got married. My excuse was that I didn’t need to learn since I could read 🙂 And reading has served me well and spared my family.

Over the years, though, I have seen a lot of new products come onto the market that make meal preparation easier, faster and fun. I love learning about them and trying them out. Whenever I plan to buy a new cookware item, I spend a lot of time doing research on it. This is quite natural for me since I am a former librarian and research is like second nature to me.

I’ve also become more health conscious. There are so many chemicals and harmful ingredients placed in our food and cookware that it makes me shudder. I can’t understand why it is necessary to add color to our foods when there is a known risk of cancer from these colors. And then there are all of those preservatives found in just about everything. I personally think this is ridiculous.

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