RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves!
(Stands up, a little nervously)
My name is Ahmicchick. I'm a first-timer. (Looks of encouragement and expectancy.)
...I'm addicted to food. (Heads nod in sympathy, all around the room. Everyone knows she's found her support group.)
I grew up in Toronto. Mom, I'm sorry, but your cooking was terrible! No seasoning. No oomph. In my own defense, I tried to learn on my own, with a little help from Gramma. I started out small, first packaged cake mixes, then chocolate chip cookies, then on to quiche and roasts and cake decorating... Then I went to college. Oh, cafeteria food, it was such a joy! Others looked at me in disdain as I revelled in the flavor, but I was so happy because I now had a consistent source of seasoned food. So what if there were nut shells in the brownies? So what if yesterday's dinner was today's soup? "Bring it on!"
But slowly, I began to appreciate better food. Through college, work, and travel, I met people who knew more than I did, and listened as they advised me. With Toronto at my disposal, I was able to experience some of the best food around, and slowly trained my tastebuds to demand better. And so my addiction grew....
But seriously, I can't keep this up. And isn't it getting annoying? Let me cut to the chase.
I moved to Auburn, AL 12 years ago, and went into severe culture shock! I knew nothing about football, and was so confused when everyone would get so excited about tailgating. "Tailgating??," I thought, "Isn't that following too closely in your car?" And the whole BBQ thing... people would openly laugh at me when I talked about barbecuing hot dogs and hamburgers! I've adapted and now use the term "grill" appropriately, and have even tried my hand at smoking pork and chicken. I've also learned that tailgating is FUN, and bringing a few Canadian staples along (Crown Royal and butter tarts) is an effort much appreciated by my Southern friends.
I'm married to the dearest man, he's the reason I have stayed in Auburn. We have two little ones, ages five and six.
These days, most of our traveling is done in the summer when we drive up to Columbus, Ohio (my husband's home town), on to Toronto, and then further north up to Ahmic Lake where we have a cottage (hence my "handle"). It's a wonderful way to escape the summer heat and humidity.
I'm delighted to have found this site, and greatly appreciate all the advice, discussions, and entertainment that you've all provided.