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Allrecipes: A Love Story 
Apr. 20, 2012 12:29 pm 
Updated: Apr. 21, 2012 7:21 am

S    So as part of my tenure as an Allrecipes Allstar, we’ve been asked to divulge what it is that we like about Allrecipes.  As soon as I stopped thinking, “What’s NOT to like” the creative wheels started to turn and I realized there are several reasons I love Allrecipes, and being a fan of lists turned into blogs, here they are (not in order of importance…)

            I had a job a couple of years ago that would bore the tears out of a concrete statue.  Seriously, this job could have pummeled the statue of David into a complete mental breakdown.  I worked in an office with four other people, who really didn’t talk, and who you wished wouldn’t after they finally did.  The days passed with the speed of a drunk turtle.  So what did I do?  I indulged my passion for looking at food photos and fantasizing about whatever I was going to make for dinner that night (glamorous?  Pfft.  Doesn’t get much more fancy than THAT.)  Anyway, I usually made myself wait until 10am, which was designated as my “look at the daily photos and probably vote for the ones with animals in them or the ones with no votes” hour and decide what dinner would consist of that night.  I commented on blogs and then went back to see if the blogger responded.  I basically became an Allrecipes super-fan because there are only so many crossword puzzles you can complete out of the People Puzzler in one day and not lose your ever-loving mind.  So, I like to think of Allrecipes as a great way to get new dinner ideas and as a time-passer that kept me from going insane inside my own head and probably from committing a crime that would put a disgruntled postal worker to shame.  Yes, by the end of my tenure as “office manager” (that’s code for the chick who answered the phone and was rude to telemarketers) I was a bit crazy, but the tedium was reduced by a glorious website named no other than

2.     One of the first dinners I made for my husband (mere boyfriend at the time) came straight off of Allrecipes.  After seeing picture after picture of that tasty “World’s Best Lasagna” I decided to give it a go in my “I’ll cook you dinner tonight” phase of wooing dear Travis.  I’ve actually written about this before, but in case you don’t know the story – I decided to make it for him one night in my cooking debut for him.  I was busy attempting to look cute and make flirty banter (and probably bending over more than was necessary) while making this World’s Best Lasagna.  In my love-induced haze, I accidentally added WAAAAY more water than it called for in the recipe.   Well, poo.  Still trying to look cute and trying not to let on that I’d possibly screwed up dinner, I wound up adding some tomato paste and whatever other tomato products I had in the pantry until it came out okay.  I guess it either tasted great or he too was in a love-induced haze, because three years later we were hitched!  I’ve made the lasagna numerous times since then and he’s still around, so I’ll grant my vote in the “World’s Best” contest. 

3.     You can comment on dishes – tell the world the changes you made – and be a resource for other home cooks!  You can write things like, “Yeah, I totally added three times the water it called for and he STILL asked me to marry him” and people all over the U.S. can benefit from your mistakes!  Plus, it offers the advantage of having a fridge full of food about to spoil, the task of dinner at hand, and no desire to go to the grocery store – the ingredients search.  Oh my, how I love that little feature.  Another hobby of mine is wandering through the random aisles at the grocery store (or just heading out to the international market at lunch) and getting stuff that I have no idea how to use.  Cue Allrecipes and the ingredient search.  Other times I just buy things because they look interesting and are on sale and then get home with no idea how to utilize said ingredient.  Again, cue the dinner-saving ingredient search. 

***I think this is where I’m supposed to put the Allrecipes Allstar legalese here, but since I can’t find it at the moment , here’s what I got:  I’m an Allrecipes Allstar.  I don’t get compensated for any of my non-sensical ramblings, and I am doing this on my own free will with no bribes, guns at my head, or threats against my much-adored shoe collection.  Veni, Vidi, Voile – I came, I saw, I wowed with my culinary prowess.  Hehe.  

Apr. 20, 2012 12:38 pm
Funny! Loved reading your blog post!
Apr. 21, 2012 2:52 am
I found myself reading this w/a thick Southern drawl (do you even have a Southern accent?!) and a smile on my face!
Apr. 21, 2012 7:20 am
Paula - so glad you enjoyed it! And LTH - I DO have just a slight Southern mother-in-law says it's just a "soft, slight hint" of Southern :) Glad I could put a smile on your face!
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I grew up on a farm in Tennessee learning how to cook what we grew in the garden. I'm definitely a Southern girl at heart and love Southern cooking. I like to say there isn't a recipe I won't try...unless it involves beets. Ha!
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Southern food! You can't go wrong with it when you cook for guests - who doesn't like macaroni and cheese? Plus, i know most of the recipes by heart, so I don't have to drag out a cookbook. It also proves the theory that enough cheese can make anything taste good.
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My sister and I get together each Thanksgiving and go absolutely crazy. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without someone making pink gravy, or potatoes turning black, or completely forgetting the squash in the I suppose I would say "Thanksgiving Mishaps" would be our tradition.
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I got my husband to enjoy salmon. Granted, we had just started dating when I made it for him and he HAD to enjoy my salmon, but I'm calling it a "W" anyway.
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Well, there were the peanut butter noodles that I made with Worschestershire sauce (note to self: just because soy sauce and Worschestershire sauce come in similarly-shaped bottles does NOT mean they are similarly-flavored.) There is also the blackened catfish that turned out more "blackened" than "catfish." My husband still teases me about that (it even made an appearance in our wedding vows!)
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