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Love and hate on the AR blog 
Jul. 21, 2012 11:58 pm 
Updated: Aug. 6, 2012 7:38 pm
As with anything I suppose there are good things about AR and bad about AR. I feel strongly that the good outweighs that bad here by a large margin so while my blog and writing in this particular episode may run to the derogatory, I would rather have it than not.
That said, the good and the bad about AR, in my ever so humble opinion. Remember, opinions are like a-r-s-holes, everybody got one and this is just mine.
In no particular order,
No. 1.
I love reading the blogs and the responses. The discourse between members is often amusing and whether or not I'm involved in that discourse, I am attracted to the sense of community and friendship that shines so brightly in thread throughout 90% of them.
I hate when the responses are those appalling spam posts. My daughters sister in law makes 2450$ a week selling potatoes. Those aren't fair. Garbage. I wish we could moderate sometimes.
No. 2.
Luigi. I've been watching the Luigi guy for awhile and I confess that I enjoy the odd blog post. I do not like the ones that try to give him an Italian accent. I also do not like when the controlling voice of Luigi feels compelled to make 3 or 4 or 5 Luigi posts. The blogs themselves are fine but speaking in the first person as an Italian chef caricature is only very slightly amusing, worth a peek just to see how the current Luigi caretaker handles it but beyond that, serious overkill. Now all that said, gimme the Luigi guy and I’ll probably write the subsequent blog IN Italian etc…
No. 3
 Post, or Nestle, or Orville Redenbacher may be legal entities as corporations but they are not nor will they ever be people. Their blogs are product endorsements for junk food and shame on AR for allowing them. On the same note, AR has gotta pay the bills and there is that little matter of freedom, so good on them for selling the farm allowing the corporate voices to be heard. That said, I vote get em off the blogs, it’s bad enough they’re in my face 25 other ways every freakin day of the week.

No. 4
One liner blogs. Or blogs that tell of the subject matter they might write about in their next blog. I see folks write seriously good blogs here, where in they spend an inordinate amount of time and effort putting down in text, a considered dissertation. Then along comes two or three frivolous posts to toss them back to page 2. Makes me shake my head at the inconsideration. Conversely I will fight to the death for the right of anyone to put out a blog here of any type they see fit. I might also kick butt figuratively.

No. 5

The AR folks decided to send a group of lucky young individuals abroad to act as agents of endorsement for AR. I suppose the thinking was young folks will work for a pittance, perhaps be more unfettered by lifes accrual of obligations. I’m not entirely certain what the mandate was but what I was expecting from it was an assortment of recipes from the countries, displayed for my enjoyment. So far nuh uh. I’m thinking Readers Digest ought to have ponied up a sizeable sum of cash and sent some of out more esteemed bloggers abroad. Give them a year to learn the language and send em on a month long effort to make loud the AR name! Baking Nana in Paris, Cat Hill in Brazil, Mike Harvey in Vietnam, Petey in New Zealand . These blogs I would subscribe to. The young folks seem to be having a ball, good for them but I suspect the attempt by AR will be viewed as a modest failure in the end, no biggy.

No. 6

The AR ambassador thing. I may apply for that at some point but I kinda doubt it. It looks and feels like a thinly veiled product endorsement effort and I’m loathe to be employed as a shill, even if I do get some free oven mitts. I could be wrong about the reward aspect, after all I’ve not been an AR Ambassador and all I’ve seen is the face of it, which has been a concerted effort on the part of many of you to make a tasty treat with a crappy breakfast cereal. Another in which a large group of you detailed how you came to be on AR and yet another group of blogs dedicated solely to your use of butter. Yawn.

Again free speech, yada yada but please.

In closing, please, this blog is only as serious as your next piece of toast. I love this place. Cooking makes me feel good. Writing to you all also fills a hole and I’ll tell ya, 18 months in, who knew it might be tough sometimes to think up what to write about. And just maybe, there’s something in here that resonates… maybe.
Jul. 22, 2012 4:59 am
Well said Randy! I tend to agree with everything!
Jul. 22, 2012 5:06 am
LOLOLOL! I reading this with my morning coffee before starting the chores, namely watering. I would say, I understood and agreed with a great many of your points. However, Brazil?! Midwest Meat & Potatoes meets Tropical Sizzle! Given my gardening background, I would certainly find many things of interest there :)
Jul. 22, 2012 6:37 am
If you are assigning people to certain places, can I have dibs on Italy? Thanks for a good and thought provoking blog.
Jul. 22, 2012 7:02 am
OOOh OOOh send me to England... they need some decent food over there!
Jul. 22, 2012 7:34 am
Good thought. Good balance. And hey cover girl, I wanted Italy! Randy, as for my blog,, thanks for your comments. :)
Jul. 22, 2012 7:38 am
And, did you see my response that I did find out that wasn't Ginger dancing. What I couldn't figure out is how you saw my post on Facebook. :)
Jul. 22, 2012 8:12 am
Randy, you're my hero :)
Jul. 22, 2012 8:31 am
Come on give an old vet a break, I wanted Vietnam. Need some closure.
Jul. 22, 2012 9:06 am
Randy-I was hoping the young travelers would blog about some great recipes and post them so I could add them to my recipe box. For me, most of my blogging does take a lot of thought and effort. I agree with you-the spammers really should find something better to do with their time.
Jul. 22, 2012 10:40 am
I figured it out! I got Brazil because of my blackberry jungle, you thought I'd be right at home! I agree with Lela, too.
Jul. 22, 2012 12:14 pm
Liking this blog and your other blogs too!
Jul. 22, 2012 12:39 pm
TERRY, the whole idea is to bring back the food of the country you go to...England? Sister you can have it but do us all a favour, don't bring it lol. CAT, I didn't pick Brazil for you for any other reason than it simply occured to me. The whole assignation process took .5 of one second. Tell you what, we'll send you during Mardis Gras! COVERGIRL, ok CG, I like you and all but come on, Italy? That's where I have to go. You can have Spain ok? The you, me and B-Nana can meet on the Riviera for brunch. MARJORIE, see above, Italy is taken. How about Portugal? NANCYPANTS, this hero business is thirsty work, got any Yukon Jack? BD. WELD, ok you got Vietnam. I think Mike will be more comfortable in Bombay anyhow. LELA, thanks. You didn't list a destination so I think we'll bundle you with Nancy Pants and send you Disneyworld. MERLION, thank you. Thats a nice thing to say and I'll take 12 more of those, just the same ok?
Jul. 22, 2012 1:12 pm
Good blog. I also tend to agree with your opinions. If we're sending people places, maybe I can go to Mexico? After all - I do have a Mexican Restaurant now and maybe I could pick up a few authentic recipes.... or at least meet our manager's mom! ;)
Jul. 22, 2012 3:15 pm
Don't bother applying for the Ambassador program, they have a strict No Canadians policy. (Ok, really it's an Americans-only thing, not singling out Canada!) I somewhat agree about the Luigi blogs too. The writing in an Italian accent can be somewhat amusing if the person writing it has any idea what an Italian accent sounds like and how to transcribe it. Some people have done it pretty well, many have it done it poorly.
Jul. 22, 2012 3:33 pm
Randy I just happen to be watching the British open when I was reading your blog... kinda got into the moment.... Yeah you are right...not much other than fish and chips to bring back! Hmmm...Captain D's might be a callin' just got a hankerin' for some fish and chips!
Jul. 22, 2012 6:25 pm
Raedwulf yep, I really don't even read the "Luigi" posts, I may look at the pictures, that's about it.
Jul. 23, 2012 5:06 am
Nice blog, Randy and Thank you for Paris! I'll take it! I find it interesting how the Ambassador Program is perceived. Being a part of the program from it's beginning it has been interesting to see the program grow and evolve. The butter blogs were a bit over the top - but you see, there was a trip to Seattle on the line - in order to receive that golden ticket to Seattle you had to complete all the assignments for the month of May. Hence the flood of butter memories. As corporate sponsors go - butter was one of the best.
Jul. 23, 2012 5:10 am
Oh, just a side note - Reader's Digest no longer owns AR. Meredith purchased I too was hoping that the international interns would be sharing recipes. Again, I do believe this is a new program and it is evolving.
Jul. 23, 2012 5:16 am
Good morning Randy - your blog was thing of beauty - much like a short side slapshot goal in OT. I will say that one big drawback to the Ambassador program (other than feeling like a wholly inadequate cook when someone finishes their assignments before I can even open the email) have been the Mandatory Blogs. I'll try your product. I'll review your product. Just please don't make me write about your product. Odds are it won't be pretty for one of us. Finally, I had Luigi visit about a year ago and I can only say, Fugeddaboutit. I couldn't wait to ship him off. The timing was awful and the inspiration just wasn't there. And I will go wherever you send me as long as I can still make $79 an hour doing virtually nothing just like Merlin's sister in law said. Have a great day.
Jul. 23, 2012 5:21 am
Morning BN - The one problem I had with the butter assignments were that NONE of the recipes were on AR. I don't mind shilling for the site but I really didn't see any benefit to the AR community by making reipes that weren't on the site. And the butter blogs weren't part of the "scavenger hunt" - people had to write out their AR Experience or something like that. I didn't do the hunt so I didn't write that one. It's already been told a few too many times as is.
Jul. 23, 2012 5:39 am
Good morning Doug! Indeed, we did need to do the scavenger hunt and the first requirement was to complete all of May's assignments - hence the butter blogs. Fortunately, it was butter, a product that I actually use and not cardboard masquerading as food. ;)
Jul. 23, 2012 6:06 am
Good blog, I pretty much agree with all of it. I rarely watch the videos or even look at the homepage because when I do it seems to showcase Chef John, brand recipes and the controversial top photos. That being said, the video today(15th anniversary thank you) is how I view food, family, community and what I thought this site used to represent. I'm not so sure that I believe it does any longer.
Jul. 23, 2012 6:52 am
I found this site looking for recipes but now I come here mostly to read the blogs. There are some excellent writers and fascinating stories. I can live vicariously through more experienced cooks :)
Jul. 23, 2012 6:53 am
Holy Moly! You said just about everything I've been thinking but never put into words! I personally disliked the "butter blogs". Waste of everyone's time. I like pictures of Luigi, but I don't even read the texts. Photo voting will give me recipe ideas but I think a lot of people just vote by photographers identity, not necessarily the best photo-just their AR "friends". More like a popularity contest.
Jul. 23, 2012 7:44 am
MOTHER ANN, I'm all in favour of sending you to Mexico. I'd rather send you to Argentina but I'm so darn proud of you for doing the Mexican restaurant thing, ok, Mexico it is. ALEX, duh, had to slap me own forehead, of course. Just for that we're sending you to Pau Pau New Guinea. TERRY, you asked for England...tell me, was it just so you didn't have to learn a new language? SPARTA, Yeah Luigi can be a tough go. Big hug old fella. BAKING NANA, hmm so it WAS a bit more than a free pair of oven mitts huh? I knew you wouldn't go cheap. Oh yeah, I looked up Meredith, this must have been a very recent aquisition on their part huh? The don't show AR as being part of their corporate heard. DOUG, sir, that is high praise indeed. Now for your AR Intern assignment, I know its too easy but given your penchant for slaughtering alligators, I'm thinking the Australian Outback for you, bring us a recipe for Sweet Chile Crocodile Nuggets. I could see you all bare chested, the hat, big knife. LINDA2D, I think I've missed the controversy on the pics, I very very rarely look at the posted stats on anything other than recipe reviews. As AR moves from being an idealized conception to a corporate asset, I'm fairly certain that the commercialization of AR has only just begun. I'm not on Facebook but if I was I'd click on Chef Johns 'like' button, several times. CICI, that's my story too! IRAY, as I said a second ago, I'm completely ignorant of any ongoing controversy about photo voting. If I knew about it, you just k n o w I would have included it lol. THANKS EVERYONE
Jul. 23, 2012 7:45 am
NANA, egads, I spelled herd, heard. I suck.
Jul. 23, 2012 7:52 am
Well, as Doug stated, this was a thing of beauty. I use this site extensively for recipes, enjoy reading the points of view on the blogs, and like the help you can give and receive on the Buzz. However, I do not read the Luigi ones and don't plan to. I received an invitation for the Ambassador program last year during a battle with an extended illness and didn't accept. SO happy I didn't. Hats off to those who did, but it's not for me. I think you've spoken for many people here and quite well!
Jul. 23, 2012 8:50 am
One thing I love is the freedom of speech, and you have certainly made the use of that here! Enjoyed reading the blog although I have to say don't agree with some of it. I love being an AR ambassador and can't wait for my trip to Seattle on Thursday. There are many things on this site that I don't like and you have not mentioned but that will have to wait for another time (but that is mostly due to some of the way cooks speak and react with each other, nothing to do with AR itsself). Never gotten into the whole Chef Luigi thing, a traveling Italian Gnome is not for me!
Jul. 23, 2012 9:57 am
WAit, Wait, I want Italy!! Can't Covergirl and I go together? I mean, seriously, there is so much going on there and so much land to cover!! Hehe... seriously, good blog Randy. As one who has opened up a can of worms on a blog before, I appreciate your insight and I agree with pretty much all of it. I'm still too new to know about some things but while I enjoy some of Chef John's stuff, I'm starting to really wonder why he is so heavily promoted. Tehre are so many cooks on here I love and love reading their blogs (Petey, for example).. I find I spend alot of time here! Thanks again!!! (ITALY.. come on... please???)
Jul. 23, 2012 12:58 pm
Just reread the blog, coming from England I laughed at your comments about our food. Makes me wonder when you last visited! Its like saying all american food is fast food, simply not true at all. Every country has its fair share of delicious food! Its all a matter of knowing what to eat and where to eat. Let me know when you are next visiting England and I will point you in the right direction of come wonderful culinary delights.
Jul. 23, 2012 1:28 pm
WISWEETP, wow, there's that thing of beauty thing again, high praise and I'm not entirely sure why but thank you anyhow. Being ignorant isn't doesn't totally suck so we can leave it at that. Thanks. APPLESTRUDEL, yeah the free speech thing is a keeper huh? I'm glad you like the AR Amb. program. I think I would like to visit the AR headquarters myself sometime, I'm only a casual days drive away from it so I may just do that at some point. By the by about English food, I say my wee diatribe about bad British victuals entirely tongue in cheek, like those who characterize the British as having nubby teeth. I was in England once, for a week and some Brits say I wasn't in England at all given that the entirety of my stay was in Liverpool with day trips to Leeds and Wales. The food I ran into on that trip was dismal, across the board. I do not for one instant believe that all British food is bad but it sure is fun to do that dance and watch ya'll wince. My wife is from Liverpool, hence our trip there. I'd love to go back again with a broader brush. MRSWOLFIE, ok that does it, Its gonna be a bus for Italy and a bus for France. Anyone who feels they can master the language in a year gets a ticket on the bus, me I think I'm gonna have my work cut out for me learning both Italian and French. Imagine the Italy bus, gawd that would be a fun and noisy ride.
Jul. 23, 2012 1:50 pm
Randy, I do think this blog is inspired! I agree with all your points. I have been using this site since its inception although I only joined it fairly recently. I have watched it evolve from a cook driven entity to what it is today. I wish they would put the videos, menu planner and shopping lists on back burners and spend the energy introducing us to new cuisines and recipes. If you are handing out trips abroad, may I be assigned Norway? They have so pretty good food there and I know a smattering of the language. You'll be ok learning French and Italian, they're both Romance languages and vaguely similar. Thanks again for a well thought out, honest blog!
Jul. 23, 2012 2:36 pm
LOL! You know what, I'd do so much better at the Mardis Gras in New Orleans. I butcher the English language daily I can't imagine what I would do WAY down south with another language. Scary thought that! Although with a guide and interpreter, I shouldn't get too lost :) Really though, I can understand some German so maybe there or perhaps France with B'Nana. Did you see the blackberry flavored brandy liqueur I just made (it is my blog that is up), no telling what I could learn in that lovely country. Oooh, I already know how to make real croissants. I promise to write down recipes!
Jul. 23, 2012 5:25 pm
If you are organizing a bus for Italy count me in, France (sorry) not so much.....although I like croissants, not sure I have had a real croissant, To: Cat Hill what is the difference between the two? Maybe France just to see what the difference is would be worth it. How about in November, I will be free then?
Jul. 23, 2012 6:00 pm
So many good points, especially Luigi. I don't mind the concept, it's fun to see where "he" goes, but we know he's not real and it feels ridiculous to read it as if he were speaking (and often spelling) very, very poorly. I'd never want to have him because there is NO WAY I'd ever write a blog as "him." The one-line blogs are just weird. I feel like the blogger doesn't really understand what blogging really is.
Jul. 23, 2012 9:30 pm
BIGSHOTSMOM, Norway? You got it. In fact, the entire Netherlands are yours ok? You may pick two to accompany you. I agree about wishing AR would spend more time introducing new cuiines but then again, down at the bottom of the page are links to everywhere AR has a site, penty of intro to new cuisines on those sites. CATHILL, You do know that Brazil has lots of bushes don't you? The Big Easy? Not so much, just sliceable humidity. But ok, I was at the last N.O. mardis gras before Katrina, had a blast. I ate at Commanders Palace and Brennans. You'll love it. JANET, you know what? Thats not a bad idea. I wonder how many folks here would be interested in going on say a two week food centric bus tour through Italy? Hmmmm meanwhile, if you're waffling on France, relax, the French taught the Italians how to cook and of course the Italians messed it up beautifully. TWOSWEETPICKLES, thanks for dropping by. I so agree about the bloggers lack of understanding when they post a one liner blog but then I grumblingly rationalize that they paid their 30$ like everyone else. It doesn't mean I like it but hey. Same with folks who can't resist posting three in sucession? I mean really?
Jul. 23, 2012 9:31 pm
Oh man that looks awful, misspelled succession. Ooog
Jul. 24, 2012 8:31 am
Totally with you - I hate the Luigi posts, and I was so sick of all the butter blogs that I stopped coming to AR for several weeks.
Jul. 24, 2012 8:42 am
Could I just jump in a minute with thoughts about Chef Luigi? I signed up months ago and recently hosted him. I felt really stupid taking his photo and trying to make a little story. I guess one thing is to tell about the area where he is visiting and some of the local foods. So, OK, I'm not a blogger, and don't want to be. If I would have anyone ask my opinion (and no one has) I think the big heavy breakable figure needs replaced with something smaller and lighter, if the traveling chef continues. That cost me over $18 to UPS. I would rather have spent that money on a new kitchen toy for sure.
Jul. 24, 2012 10:49 am
Good thing I DON'T blog - because I would be that one who posted one after another - probably on the same subject! - and the nest thought occurred to me - just like my posts on the buzz (=
Jul. 24, 2012 10:54 am
Hehehe... I know the bus would be noisy! I wonder who else we could get on board? I don't get the whole Luigi thing and Indiana, I don't blame you one bit for wishing that $18 back. That is alot of money in our house these days!
Jul. 24, 2012 12:16 pm
Good Morning Randy, I wish to go to the land 'Downunder' Aussieland has always fascinated me, want to hunt some roos and I think the duck billed platypus is the most interesting creature of mass inbreeding known to man. Looks like a failed DNA science experiment while sailing on the Ark. I ignore the spam now, just as I must ignore some comments:) I enjoyed reading Luigi for several months, he should be a light plastic, nonbreakable, cheap to travel figurine. I love to see pics along his travels. When some members hosted him, they would put their hometown fame into perspective. It was like looking through a photo album of his vacation. I could pass by the sponsor blogs and hit the ignore button in my head, but I do not understand why AR doubled the cost of becoming a supporting member. Seems if sponsors are paying the bills, then members should get a break. Not so. We live on the wrong side of the tracks to become ambassadors, it was explained once about not getting the sponsored product on this side of the border, but I do believe I have seen butter on the shelves.
Jul. 24, 2012 1:09 pm
LOLOL! This blog is so much fun! Missouri has sliceable humidity too! I visited my Aunt and cousins down there in N.O. so I am familiar with the territory and I can understand the Southern drawl :)
Jul. 24, 2012 2:19 pm
I am willing to go to Tahiti and find out if they have "cuisine" there! I agree with you, too. The bad Italian "accent" ruined the Luigi blogs for me. But I do like the pictures. It's fun to see new places from a foodcentric point of view. You want to know what I hate? Okay, I'll tell you. I hate how sporadic the AR blog is. Why can't they have a "New Recipes" blog every week?
Jul. 24, 2012 2:34 pm
I decided to google Tahitian cuisine before my trip and YUM! I'm gonna try this one tomorrow
Jul. 24, 2012 2:59 pm
My two cents might not even be worth that, but I've neglected AR lately. What is with the pushing of the same members and their recipes ad nauseum. Have made Grandma Ople's apple pie and it is great, now can someone else's recipes be highlighted? And the "world's best lasagne", enough already! We're all here, I thought to share our recipes, learn some new, and share some insight into our kitchens.
Jul. 24, 2012 3:17 pm
Randy, 2 things. Well, 3. 1. I claim sister rights and choose Jamaica, for the food, sure, but mostly for the beaches, the rum and gorgeous young men with lilting accents. 2. I'm in for the bus tour, but won't be eating the pasta. I'll sub equal amounts of wine for any pasta dish. 3. I like your post. I'm not sure how you manage to rant without, you know, ranting, but you do it with style. Classy, and I like that about you.
Jul. 24, 2012 7:19 pm
Holy Cow this thing got legs lol. Ok, MARYB, Yeah I agree, it was almost opressive. I will hand it to AR though, they do SOMETHING to try and engage folks. A lot of sites just coast on their laurels and while AR may frequently make blunderous moves in terms of that engagement, they ARE making moves. The butter blogs were painful but hey. INDIANAPEGGY, you know, I wondered about the postage of that guy. Like how much did it cost to send him overseas and who shouldered THAT burden? lol. I wish we would all just on occasion, post about where we live and what culinary delights reside there we won't. So I guess we need Luigi...XRAYBARB, too funny, you go girl, straight to the Antilles for your internship assignment. MRSWOLFIE, I've a suspicion our bus would be downright drunk. Especially if we let Duffy come along. REDNECK GRANDMA, it aint easy being northern is it? Even when our loot is worth more than the US loot, we pay more. Dont get me talking about books...CATHILL, ok thats it kiddo, your on the Italian bus with the rest of us. Bring a shrubbery. HAZLENUT, you may have Tahiti if you post a recipe in a blog called Tahiti Treat. SUNFLOWER, have you made that lasagna? It's well and truly the best lasagna I've ever made, really. I don't know about the recipe favouritism. I do know I had to write a decisively dissatisfied to note to finally get a recipe published and I'm glad I did cuz I'm proud of that recipe being published. LUCYLOVE, whew, Im glad you decided to come on the Italian bus because really, you had no choice. If you got on a plane to Jamaica I would arrange for it to land in Rome, and poof, there you'd be. Regarding my classy ranting, the trick is quite obvious, don't really care. However that's a very nice compliment and why, you should tell me more, go on, butter me up!
Jul. 24, 2012 10:06 pm
Has anyone seen "Up in the Air," with George Clooney and Anna Kendrick? Maybe an 8x10 cardboard cutout of Luigi that would fit in a manilla envelope would work? Surely it would be cheaper to mail, easier to carry around, not as costly to replace. Maybe not as fragile - though the cardboard might become bent and possibly tear . . . [Btw, please excuse my earlier typos - yikes!]
Jul. 25, 2012 3:33 am
I think that sounds PERFECT, Barb.
Jul. 25, 2012 6:00 am
Why not just send him in a virtual format? You get an email, print out the attatchment, ouila, electronic Luigi.
Jul. 25, 2012 10:53 am
Up In The Air was distasteful and sleezy, in my opinion.
Jul. 25, 2012 1:28 pm
I haven't been on this site very long 2 months,but loving all of it,i find all very helpful,and of course funny.The only thing i'll say about this is that i'm Italian,born in Treviso,Italy,live in Nova Scotia Canada,and meaning no disrespect,whoever does the Italian accent for Luigi should take a Italian speaking class.
Jul. 25, 2012 1:50 pm
I would love to see New Zealand. I love lamb anyway, and promise to bring back all the hobbit recipes I can find :)
Jul. 25, 2012 2:01 pm
Petey, if you go to New Zealand you MUST bring a camera! You are the AR ace photographer? I have to admit, I made John Chandler's version of lasagna (is that the World's Best?) and it truly was out of this world. The sauce is to die for. Rae, if the whole bus is drunk then Italy will be that much more fun for it! Lets find a vineyard we can crash!
Jul. 26, 2012 10:27 am
RatherBeCooking, I'm sorry if I offended you by mentioning Up in the Air. I can understand your feelings on the movie - however, I enjoyed watching George Clooney's character's transformation in the movie - how he came to realize the emptiness of his life and that he came to want something other than what he had or did not have. That he came to appreciate family and wanted to be connected to people after years of shunning connectedness. That said, my point was the taking pictures of the cardboard cutouts in various locations - and the thought that that might be a better, easier, less costly way to send Luigi on his travels.
Jul. 26, 2012 3:16 pm
Xray I guess I misunderstood something. I found the movie distasteful and sleezy but I never said I found offense to it. You asked I gave an opinion that is all. But glad you liked the movie!
Jul. 26, 2012 4:46 pm
I'm on the New Zealand bus with Petey!! This much I know - she grows her own garden - raises her own meat - milks her own cow and goats - makes her own bread - and can make ANYTHING from the milk of one jersey cow - - from butter to cheese to sour cream to soap - - as long as I'm tagging along with her, I'll be well fed, clean and have a lap full of lovely photos. Sign me up!!!. . . . oh yea - nice blog Randy!!
Jul. 26, 2012 7:50 pm
RatherBeCooking, you're right, I made an assumption based on your comment. My original point in bringing up the movie was about using the cardboard cutout idea for Luigi's travels . . .
Jul. 26, 2012 10:38 pm
Your blog and all the comments are why I always come back to AR. Wish we had a giant kitchen to sit around and do all this chit-chatting in person! You all are too funny!
Jul. 27, 2012 11:24 am
Jul. 27, 2012 1:08 pm
UPINTHEAIR, a minor suggestion, don't be reading 50 Shades of Grey. MANELLA, a Nova Scotian Italian you say? Now there's an accent that would confound Moriarity. That's the one Luigi should have, I like it! PETEY, I'm so glad you like New Zealand and would be glad to bring back Hobbit recipes. I've heard that they're good fried with a little lemongrass and some thai chiles. Also, apprently they can well. MRSWOLFIE, we'd probably end up crashing into the vineyard. XRAYBARB, you rock. ROHNDA, I do believe you have the idea! Welcome to the Italian bus! YAYABOB, hmmm a little silliness not to your liking? ...and I had such, literary asperations, sigh.
Jul. 27, 2012 5:00 pm
Love it! 'Nuff said.
Jul. 27, 2012 7:12 pm
BA HA HA!! I dig your style, Raed!
Jul. 28, 2012 11:11 am
Thank you Sassy, nuff said says it! However, is it really ever enough? Think existentially. Mominator, that would seem to be high praise and I thank you. You've an admirable style all your own!
Jul. 28, 2012 5:55 pm
Readwulf, I would love to see blogs about the culinary treasures of our AR brethern and sistern's home town, surrounding area and state. Every locale has a distinct flavor and twist on food and I absolutely love to hear about geographical foods and traditions. Ok, you go first. Tell us about the food and traditions of the place you call home. BTW, great blog.
Jul. 28, 2012 6:13 pm
Candice, you should start a blog with that question and I will indeed go first. I fear that at the end of a god run like this one, it would just fade away and it's far too good a subject to dispense with that cavalierly.
Jul. 29, 2012 1:30 pm
Loved reading this! I found myself nodding in agreement the whole way through. Now you have piqued my interest in this new ambassador stuff going on. I've missed more than I realized. Thanks and keep up the awesome blogs, I plan to go snooping on some past ones now :)
Jul. 29, 2012 5:27 pm
Bro - This sure is a change-up blog for you, but as always, you speak true. How's the ear? And what we need is a Flat Luigi, similar to Flat Stanley.
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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet

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About Me
Let's see, in keeping it to a subject, at age 22 I had a filet doused in Bernaise sauce aboard a train. That was it, I was hooked on fine food. Living in a small town necessitates learning to cook well to maintain that stellar menu.
My favorite things to cook
Oh man, only a thousand characters? My favorite things to cook are items that make YOU happy. I'll try anything and thus far it would be far easier to list those things I don't like than those I do. So far, I hate Cilantro and I'm allergic to green chiles. It's a short list.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas. I like everything about that meal and every single year I aim to improve.
My cooking triumphs
Every smile, every gasp of delight, every accolade, such sweet victory!
My cooking tragedies
A Cioppino recipe I found here. I served it as part of one of those Christmas dinners and the cod was a poor choice. It was terrible, ghastly fishy taste. I've since learned a thing or two about freshness in fish. Prior to that, hmm perhaps when I was 10, I made a spice cake that called for whole cloves....hey, that's what it said on the outside of the bottle, whole cloves....
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