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What is your Allrecipes story? 
May 15, 2012 1:34 pm 
Updated: May 17, 2012 3:23 pm
WOW, what a question, right? Well here's mine. Years ago, I never even looked up recipes online. I was working in a pharmacy as a Tech and we had out own little cooking click in our store. Once a week, Geri (another tech), Melanie(another tech but now a pharmacist), Dee(a part time pharmacist), myself & our Main boss Randy..would bring in a dish we made, hardly ever the same dish twice, and have lunch while we worked. It was the best. Then was hooked on finding recipes.  Later that year Randy, gave everyone magazine subscriptions to Taste Of Home's Quick Cooking.
OH, I can look back and say, that was one of my favorite favorite, Christmas gifts from a friend. We then made a point to make a recipe each out of the lastest magazine. SO I can date that this started back around the time I married my ex-husband in 1997. Still didn't discover allrecipes for some time.
So then, I started working on Saturdays with Dee and sometimes with her husband Kevin whom, also was a pharmacist but now in the Air Force as one. This is a great couple. Love them dearly. On Saturdays, whether it was Dee or Kevin that worked with me. We still continued to bring in salads, goodies or even lunch into our pharmacy and reep the benefits, as other employees and customers looked on. And became a funny little joke about "what ya bring in today?" And we started a trend.
Around this time 1998 or early 1999, Randy left the pharmacy for another one, Dee and Kevin were sent to Washington State, Melanie got accepted to Pharmacy school and moved, Geri started nursing school and I was the only one left from our little quaint group in a small in the pharmacy at the local grocery store. The lunches stopped, the special day of the week when we all got together were no longer, and I was pregnant with my son Brandon. Temp pharmacists replaced the ones that were gone and now I was the only tech working non stop. My husband Bradley got a job in his home town and was traveling back and forth before Brandon was born. So I made the decision to leave this pharmacy as well when Brandon was born. It was a sad choice. But life goes on.
One of the things that I totally missed was one recipe that Dee would make. And when I think about it, it started becoming a weekend treat. Years have past and the internet developed to be a go to thing. I went searching for this "stinky salad" Dee made. Looking up stinky salad pulled up some weird things let me tell you. That's when I saw a Yahoo link for allrecipes. And the ingredient search. I typed in the what I remembered what was in it and came up with a recipe. I printed out and made it...it was it
It was the very 1st recipe I ever tried. I kept the recipe handy because my ex liked. Again. Never really went further into allrecipes for a while. Years past, got divorced, moved and then met my soul mate Rob and my family grew from 2 kids to 4. I took a leave of absense from my job to care for my family and that ment, cooking more then just quick fixes, frozen meals and microwave meals. I also lost my recipe for the "stinky salad".  So I started getting back into my cookbooks and looking for new recipes to try, and then it became that I was cooking everyday. And then, I exhausted all my cook books, and then started buying & buying magazine cookbooks and became obessed. Then decided to make that salad again. Then remembered where I found it. I came back to the internet and searched for it again, like I did the very 1st time. And low and behold, allrecipes there you were ;-)  I opened up an account, saved it to my recipe box, and have collected more and more since.
What made me stay? Well, the recipe site is easy to navigate. It took me a while to got to the "recipe exchange" now known as "the buzz". After I went to the buzz....that's all she wrote. I've made amazing friends, I've cried with them, I'm got made along with them, I've laughed at them, and had the laugh on myself. I've shared so much of who I am with them, to who they are with me. I've bonded over this site and contribute a lot of memories to this site. I've made these virtual friendships, solid by meeting lots of these wonderful people face to face and have kept the friendships going. I've never felt I belonged anywhere before then here. I can't top Keri's blog about our friendship at all. But Keri is soo dear to me & one of my favoriest people, it's great to get to laugh when we are together. We click so well and also wished she lived closer. And I have to say I wished a lot of these fine people lived closer.
Anyway, this is my Allrecipes story. And I'm sticking to it ;-)
May 15, 2012 1:53 pm
Amazing story and heartfelt. I love your sign off!
May 15, 2012 6:32 pm
New to here....awesome, quirky, post, and looking forward to more..I've been cooking for a fam. of kids, and now grands, for 33 years, just found this site. will be reading your posts, hopefully for awhile
May 16, 2012 12:22 am
Good blog! Love you, girlie!
May 17, 2012 3:23 pm
Great blog! You found AR almost the same way I did...by searching for a recipe through a search engine (I used Google). I'm so glad we both signed up and became active on the Exchange/Buzz!! Can't imagine never having met you, my friend (((HUGS)))
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I'm an active mom of 5 and married the love of my life. I'm a full~time certified care giver, part~time food blogger @ http://the7upexperience.com , avid & obsessed novice photographer. I love allrecipes and pretty much an addict. I'm also a new member to Banana Belt Photography Club that's local to my community, and an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador. And have stamped allrecipes on me for life. The site has opened up my eyes to so much more then just recipes. I'm proud to be a member of this site and my love, passion & learning other recipes from other valued members has really broaden my horizens.
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Funny but true: Cooking traditions men sit in the recliner and women in the kitchen...lol My family is always in the kitchen. My sister and her family, my parents and my family celebrate Christmas in January. Due to distance and work related jobs. Every year we plan what we are having ahead of time. Our tradition is usually food we've had abroad growing up overseas. Normally with Asia influences. It's always a special treat when we normally don't make the dishes often throughout the year.
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Unknown to me when I came up with a chicken and dumpling recipe of my own, my father was floored & delighted and told me it tasted just like his mother's.......My mom dropped her jaw because it was better then her's. It's a staple with my husband and kids.
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I had found a recipe for a Pretzel Pie(like Pecan Pie), thought it looked good and I didn't follow the recipe when it said unsalted pretzels. I just grabbed the normal stuff with the salt on it, made the pie, and my dad and husband were painting with thrist. And making weird pickle sour expressions, when I realized the pie was over salted. Oopppss! I never made it again.
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