My name is Denise and I grew up in southern Ontario just north of the Buffalo NY border. I lived at home until I was 18 and moved to Toronto to further my education at Ryerson University. I always enjoyed cooking at home growing up and helping my mom prepare meals. I realized that the cooking knowledge I acquired as a teenager has become very useful. I began experitmenting with different foods in my first year of University living in Kensington market. Just a step outside my house I was able to buy any kind of fruit or vegetable I could think of. Using the tips and tricks I learned from my mom I was able to cook meals for myself. Now I live with my boyfriend and roommates and love to cook for them. My boyfriend who rarely ate vegetables now eats more vegetables in a week than he did as a child. He even eats soy ground beef and loves it!