- I'm a retired teacher that has always enjoyed cooking and collecting recipes. My husband and I live in Central Texas with our little mini rat terrier, Button, nicknamed Buttoni. I come by my love of cooking from my parents. My brother went on to be an Executive Chef at Top of the Mark in San Francisco before retiring. Cooking seems to be in our blood, so to speak. I have been following the Atkins low-carb diet for 7 years and have learned that with few modifications, pretty much any recipe can be made Atkins-friendly. So I have set about doing just that, creating this blog to help me catalog, store and share them around the net.