Globetrotter, my 35-year old wife is definitely on the liberal/Democrat side of the fence (from NYC/Westchester too), but she cooks great meals every night of the week (except for perhaps Friday or Saturday if we go out). She also works full time as a law firm partner. The key? My wife loves to cook. It's a huge hobby for her. She loves reading cooking magazines and new cookbooks and cooking-related books. She reads reviews of new Viking stoves and Sub-zero fridges the way we get excited about new EG shoes, a great bottle of cabernet, or a new Porsche. She's got several friends (all married, sorry) who share her passion for all-things-cooking. The point is -- these women do exist on the East Coast.