My wonderful Mom was and is my greatest influence for cooking. We lived on a farm with Mom & Dad and ten kid's so my Mom had to really be inventive to feed us all. All us kid's learned to drive tractor and other farm chores at an early age. And of course there was the huge garden my mother insisted on that all us kid's had to help with. My Mom made her own bread and I still bake homemade bread today. We canned anything that we could grow or harvest to be used in the long Wisconsin winters.