I’m Marilyn aka “Piebird”. I am daughter, oldest sister, ex-wife, wife, former Southern Californian, mom of two grownup kids, auntie to four almost all grownup nieces, cancer survivor, chef (which just means chief cook and baker at home now), teacher, gardener, local foodinista and guardian to an adopted three-legged malamute named Hana. The three of us (Hana, my husband Phil and I) live in our down-sized (from raising the kids) ranch-style (single story for getting old) home in a neighborhood between Boulder and Denver, Colorado. It’s a snowy February 2012 and I’m just finishing my chemotherapy. This is the year of the Chinese Black Water Dragon, my sign (I turn 60). Let’s see what the seasons and year will bring in food, and life!