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I always wanted to be a gastronomer

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Mar. 19, 2014 12:59 pm 
Updated: Mar. 24, 2014 10:38 pm
I have been asked by Allrecipes to amend this blog so that it doesn't involve name calling. I've been on here for close to three years now and I've watched the changes come and... come. The Allrecipes Allstars setup was something I viewed with some skepticism right from the get go. It seemed to me that in return for an apron and some lovely oven mitts, the Allstars in turn were willing to write blogs reviewing corporate sponsored products for the corporation that happened to pony up to the bar that month. Now I don't (know) that for certain, I imagine a lot so I could be wrong but I find it difficult to believe that so many folks could all at once be that sincerely impressed with a cooking oil that's been around since before I was born.

And lets face this head on, it's cooking oil. This stuff is best used with a heck of a lot of caution and no, I do not trust a corporate sponsored study that has yet to be replicated by a reputable stand alone science lab. Good lord, before we take one new medicine, the hoops that med makers must jump through are enormous but let one corporation release a single self sponsored study about how heart healthy its long denigrated product is and poof, we seem to embrace what they've said, without thinking about it. 

I really do advocate Bibi's stance about moderation but I find it difficult to continually see these Mazola blogs without anyone mentioning that 95% of the oil in a bottle of Mazola is derived from GM corn. Thats corn that has been geneticially altered to resist a pesticide called Round Up. According to what I've read the gene used was from a fish. So they grafted a gene from an animal onto a plant and now the plant doesn't mind the poisons they spray on it to kill the varmints.

I do not know what the effect of eating GM corn or any GM product is on us. I do not know what the effects of using steroid fed cows or antibiotic laden chickens will do to us. I don't know and that scares me a little. That the corporations that make and promote these items don't know scares the proverbial poo out of me. That our government can be bought and paid to overlook such trifles makes me wanna throw up.,

I eat frozen corn and yes, I've used Mazola from time to time over the years. I hope that all I've gotten from that is a healthier heart and a resistance to the most popular commercial pesticide in use today. But I don't know and now that the kind hearts of the 6 kids that started this site are in the wind like so many other primary dot commers and this outfit is in the hands of another corporation, I'm just a tad dissappointed with this particular round of corporate sponsored blogs from the Allstars.

Mar. 19, 2014 1:51 pm
You may have noticed several of us have opted not to post. We were (and usually are) offered the ability to opt out. Allstars is a great program, it offered us the opportunity to work with some interesting sponsors and hopefully share something new with you all, so don't condemn the whole program.
Mar. 19, 2014 2:55 pm
hi randy. some of the best friends I have made here and met many of them are ambassadors. I understand your frustration at seeing so many of the same blogs. I imagine if a poll was taken, my name would be at the top of a short list of pita's. I've vented frustration over it before. everything you say rings true to me. but, why care? those folks bust their tails under deadlines to make the meals, photo them and then write a blog. some great un-hurried well thought out photos and blogs. can you imagine juggling 3-5 rugrats, their dislikes, intolerances and school activites? I remember when allstars were welcome to everyone, heck maybe still is. I choose not to participate, but I certainly will not critise these folks for doing so. I don't think you did either, btw. i still get a tickle from the butter and buffalo blogs though. remember you can get a smile outa anything...depending on how you look at it. oh and i love frying turkeys, chicken and fish in peanut oil lmao!
Mar. 19, 2014 4:09 pm
I ditto what BigShotsMom says. :) There seemed to be a big divide on this one. I imagine my blog would have been similar to your post here, which isn't what the sponsor is going for- so I opted out. (I don't blog on allrecipes, but on my own, personal blog). It's a great program! Lots of great people with different opinions and backgrounds. It's taken me from canned ravioli to a great home cook and SLIGHTLY better photographer (lol). Thank you for posting your opinion. :)
Mar. 19, 2014 4:19 pm
Amen, you said it way better than I could have! AR lost me when the blogs became just a source for sponsored posts. I hardly ever read them anymore which is a shame, imo.
Mar. 19, 2014 5:13 pm
Well, I have to agree with you. The one Allstar did post a thoughtful blog. Having had a very negative experience with an Allstar Ambassador, I usually have to take a deep, deep breath before commenting to certain things on AR and just step away. I found Lady Sparkle's blog rather a breathe of fresh air. She had nothing negative to say about the Allstar program or Mazola but she gave any reader that cared to visit her blog an opportunity to look at a subject she is passionate about; our food, where it comes from and what is in it. We, the reader, can decide for ourselves to either look at the links, become better informed about our food choices or navigate away from her blog and do nothing at all.
Mar. 19, 2014 8:16 pm
I second Cat Hill. I was one of the first Ambassadors and felt as though I was sold a bill of goods. The program itself was presented in a different light and we all know, that's not the way it turned out. A corporate pawn is more like it. Or to use your word, "shill". The real irony is I wouldn't ever equate corn oil with heart healthy.
Mar. 20, 2014 3:13 pm
I am a former Ambassador and will be returning to the program as soon as I get an operating kitchen. There are always products that some Ambassadors refuse to "shill" and there is never recriminations because they do. I don't do this for an apron or a pot holder. I do it for the fun and challenges. It certainly isn't for any financial gain cuz there is NONE....unless you count a bottle of Mazola as valuable loot. I have challenged myself to make something out of some ingredients that were not exactly stellar. I do not promote products that I don't think have some value to some cooks from the working mother who needs to get a quick meal on the table....Barber foods, Progresso, Johnsonville to the old standby butter which was woven into my blog about a very important member of my family. I will admit that some don't put much into their blogs but just keep moving on....like I do. Bon Appetit!
Mar. 20, 2014 5:28 pm
I don't wear aprons and I don't use oven mitts, I prefer Ove Gloves. I've also been called a lot of names but a "shill" and a "corporate pawn". Ouch! Darn, and all this time I thought I was just having fun doing what I love to do - cook and not bothering anyone. That's OK I'm thick skinned and have been called worse. I'm proud to be an Allstar and I will continue doing so as long as I can. It's a shame that some just don't get the whole picture or even care to ask.
Mar. 20, 2014 5:40 pm
Like bd.weld
Mar. 20, 2014 5:40 pm
Well said bd weld! BTW I received my apron and mug when I hosted my first AR roundup.....before the Allstar program.
Mar. 20, 2014 5:42 pm
PS Sparky says that I can sometimes be cheap but I can't be bought for a few cans of ?????? He says I can be bought for way mo than that.....and he would know. He's been financing my shenanigans for 43+ years :)
Mar. 20, 2014 8:16 pm
Raedwolf got right to the point and I've got to agree with him. Some folks will blog shamelessly about a particular product and yet other ambassadors/allstars seem to be selective in their choice of blog content and for that they are truly appreciated. The blogs here used to be fantastic but there is definitely a decline. Big business has moved in. That's the big picture.
Mar. 20, 2014 9:11 pm
Lace, I agree that the mindless blogs are not a fun read and actually take away from the blogs but I also realize that Meredith bought AR to make money and like all communication companies,that;s what pay the bills. AR is def not the startup whippersnappers that we remember. Still a fun site with some terrific folks!
Mar. 21, 2014 5:08 am
So now we are shameless, selective AND shills? Why the attacks? Why is it necessary to throw rocks?
Mar. 21, 2014 1:13 pm
Cuz they got no one else to throw rocks at What's for dinner mom.
Mar. 21, 2014 5:46 pm
Why would anyone want to throw rocks anyway? Didn't. Anyone ever tell them they could put an eye out? ;-)
Mar. 21, 2014 6:19 pm
While you have some valid points. I may not agree with you. We can opt out with sponsors if we are not comfortable with it. As I did on a serious health matter with one of our sponsors and had an allergic reaction. In every group activity...there is always going to be diversity in the quality of a product or company sponsor. I joined the site many years ago because I was looking for something and what become of me looking for something blossomed into something more like most people. Allrecipes is home to me, the members, the recipes and the staff. It's like family. Your not always going to get along but that happens in every family. United by bonds with the love of food and friendship. Not everyone gets on board with a sponsor. There is options. It is foremost a voluntary position. When committing to something, that's what you do, you voluntarily commit to represent. I love the Program and have enjoyed it through series of hardships and a series of rejoicing but isn't that like family? Up's and down's? But, while I did an external blog about Mazola it wasn't peaches and cream to have everyone run out and grab a bottle. They ask for our honest opinions and it's what they got from me. I didn't talk about GMO's because I'm learning about them. I left what I don't understand yet, out of my blog. But a subject I can revisit as I get more knowledge on what I do know. Now there is a lot of shrilling (definition: adjective, shrill·er, shrill·est. 1. high-pitched and piercing in sound quality: a shrill cry. 2. producing such a sound. 3.full of or characterized by such a sound: shrill music. 4. betraying some strong emotion or attitude in an exaggerated amount, as antagonism or defensiveness. 5. marked by great intensity; keen: the shrill, incandescent light of the exploding bomb.) going on about sponsors and products but that is with most anything, from the best medical practice to the best shoes to wear, what not to eat and what you should be eating. We blog about our opinions as you so dob-ably shared. Not going to bash that or tell you your wrong or right. Because you are entitled to your opinion. But as a requirement in the assignments that come up, it's an assignment, if you commit to working with a sponsor, you are asked to do a blog but can opt out. I've done so on a few sponsors myself but, know this, The program is still very young and the company is still learning on how the program works from year to year. While it's only offered here in the United States, I know, they will look at other countries in the future. I have friends on here that don't like the program, but as my friends also respect why I do it and aren't negative for my choice. As you have a choice to come to the site or not come to the site. We all need to respect one another. As mauigirl said....still a fun site with some terrific folks. I may wear many aprons and use several different pot holders....not all of them are AR or sponsors. Meaning I'm a mom, a wife, a person who just happens to love being on Allrecipes.com Let's just play nice in this sandbox.
Mar. 21, 2014 6:24 pm
Beautifully said Mis7UP!!!
Mar. 21, 2014 6:34 pm
You could always branch out to read the Allstars' blogs that AREN'T posted here. Then, you'd get much more content. This is an easy forum and (clearly) everyone is welcome to blog about whatever they choose. The good thing about this site is there's truly something for everyone--we all have to eat. And we make the choices about it based in our own opinions and beliefs. No one forces anyone in the program to fabricate or promote anything they don't believe in. If you don't like it--don't eat it. This reminds me of those who rate and review recipes without actually making them.....
Mar. 21, 2014 7:01 pm
Oh-- I've said this before--I'd love for the folks who get I'll over several posts about the same products or recipes to post blogs about what they love. One of my favorite quotes that applies in this situation is, "promote what YOU love instead of bashing what you hate." I happen to love Allrecipes. If more folks would blog along with the Allstars on this site, it would be more diverse in subject matter. Maybe a blog challenge is in order.......
Mar. 21, 2014 7:01 pm
Should read get ill. Dang autocorrect!
Mar. 21, 2014 7:54 pm
Great suggestion jrbaker!!!
Mar. 21, 2014 7:57 pm
Well said, Mis7up! Instead of bashing, Rae, why not put a blog of what you love?
Mar. 21, 2014 10:51 pm
I have been a member of Allrecipes long before I was an Allstar. As a new bride who didn't know how to cook Allrecipes was a tremendous help to me. I didn't grow up with a Mother who taught me to cook, so, having the knowledge of thousands of cooks to support and help me along was amazing to me. That is why I became an Allstar early in the program and I am still an Allstar. I want to bring people like my young nieces to Allrecipes that helped me so much as a new cook. The Allstars actually consist of an fabulous group of people from new cooks to experienced caterers and bakers. We all learn from each other and I treasure getting to know and learn from them. I am not typically a blogger, but, I am active on social media sites so that is where I do most of my Allstars activity. I always tell the truth in my reviews whether it is sponsored or not. Although I always welcome someone's opinion it seems like over the last few years there has been a lot of bitterness towards the Allstars and sometimes even some downright mean spirited and hateful comments. The good thing to come out of this is it has forced me to step outside my comfort zone and build an outside blog because I was determined not to use the AR blog forum anymore because of all the grief that came out of the Allstars blogs by not all, but, some people. My blog for Mazola was more about incorporating a new healthier lifestyle for my family. The Mazola recipes I tried were fresh and tasty and honestly a recipe using a few tsps of ANY kind of oil does not seem to be the predominant component in a recipe. I did not giving glowing health recommendations about corn oil. I simply stated to do the research and educate yourself on what is best for your family, although, I did link to the AR Mazola hub because I think there are some tasty recipes whether you use corn oil or sub whatever you like. I appreciate the hard work and the hours and hours of time we as Allstars put into this program. I spend much more money on the recipes than anything I recieve from a sponsor like a bottle of corn oil. And yes, I did receive a pot holder early on in the program....which my dog shortly thereafter decided to use as a chew toy.
Mar. 22, 2014 5:58 am
I did post a blog to AR but didn't draw attention to it on purpose because of responses like this. I am not great at blogging but I try. I try to make it relevant to my life. I am sorry that you feel the way you do. I hope at some point you will open yourself up to the other side of it. I enjoy every aspect of AR but I feel like I am not always wanted on the buzz based on comments made regarding the Allstar program. I purposely try not to mention the program on the buzz because of the response I may get. Sad that it is viewed as something negative when there are so many of us that put our hearts into it. For me it is not just an assignment. It is something that I enjoy and is for me in my otherwise chaotic life.
Mar. 22, 2014 9:02 am
Raedwulf, You threw it out there. Now step back in and let us know if you feel the same after reading some of this. I really want to know. I am perplexed about the request to put our sponsor disclaimer up front because one of my better blogs was my butter blog and it received lots of good comments and good will. If I put butter in the title when the blogs were being buttered heavily with "I love Butter" blogs, would it have gone unread? I am putting up a link here to show that a product can be promoted without an in your face introduction. I still tear up when I read it and I would hope RW and others who choose to criticize would appreciate it too. http://allrecipes.com/cook/10587678/blogentry.aspx?postid=273617
Mar. 23, 2014 5:00 am
Mauigirl, It appears YOU are in Raedwulf's face. Perhaps give it a break....
Mar. 24, 2014 10:30 pm
Lace, I genuinely want to know if he feels any differently after so many expressed their feelings. Not in his face at all and he really did throw it in our face....right?
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