Hi Everyone, My name is Joan and I am a granny, a mom, and an English professor, who loves cooking and sharing traditional favorites.I love Italian foods, southern foods, and every kind of baking from cakes to glorious pies. I don't use processed foods or prepared foods because they mostly taste horrible, but , like all of you, I am constantly pressed for time, so I always try to make recipes that fit my time schedule. I need tons of time to grade all those papers (sob), BUT I can't give up cooking lovely time-tested recipes either, so I find a way to make what I love in an organized, timely way. I give simple instructions because I remember when I was a bride living away from home, I had many a disaster because the recipe directions were strangely vague. For example, I made my first ever stew in a dutch oven and ignored it for three hours, until all the ingredients burned like a hideous mosaic into the bottom of the pot. Sadly, the recipe said nothing about checking and stirring every so often. I also hope to make new friends and gain new ideas here on the infinite kitchen, a place where infinite food fads come and go, but tried and true does not.