I love food. I always have. There is just something wonderful about walking into the kitchen, following your instincts and your palate, and creating a dish that not just fills your empty stomach but comforts you to the core. I love hearing the silence around our dinner table of four – you know, that beautiful silence that says everyone is too busy enjoying my masterpiece to talk. There are the occasional times when I hear, “Mom, this tastes yuck!” Yes, yuck; not yucky. Yuck. Those are the times to laugh it off, toss that idea out the window, and break out the peanut butter and jelly. A true foodie never lets that hamper his spirit either. I invite you to follow me on my road of what I hope is a creative yet practical approach to food and all things cooking. No topics are off limits. I hope to share recipes, tips and tricks, and dining experiences for all my curious followers. I expect to have a lot of fun with this, and I hope you do too as you follow me at The Ripe Banana.