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Cook and Tell

My new adventure 
Jan. 22, 2012 10:42 am 
Updated: Feb. 5, 2012 7:40 am
Hello to all of my new cooking buddies (and those who I have yet to meet)! I've been a member of Allrecipes since 2006, but this is my first foray into the wilds of publicly bragging about my cooking. I've blogged about a lot of things, but never thought that I had much to share about cooking. That is, until I got on Facebook. In addition to posts about writing (I'm a freelance writer) and my dogs (I'm a BIG Newfie nut--feel free to ask), I would punctuate my wall from time to time with posts about what I was cooking. I didn't realize that it would meet with such favor--or that so many people would ask for recipes of things I made.

I never thought I was a *bad* cook; I just never really believed that what I did was worthy of talking about. My significant other, David, raves about my cooking, but like every good man who wants his partner to love him, he should. My friend Sonja (AR name: ilkaisha) suggested that I might like to get involved with Allrecipes' Allstars, so I applied. Whaddaya know? I got the gig, and I've "met" so many wonderful folks online. I am truly blessed with such good fortune.

So, now I am charged with promoting Allrecipes through my own social network. It's a task I take on gladly. Not because I think I'm an especially good cook, because I am probably just average. However, I love meeting new people and learning. I've learned more these past two weeks about cooking than I have in the past year. It's true, the ancient Latin proverb: "Fervet olla, vivit amicitia." Translation: "While the pot boils, friendship endures."

I'll do my best to keep the pot boiling here and elsewhere. Check out my WordPress blog: My Life with Noofs.
Jan. 22, 2012 10:50 am
Everyone's cooking is worth talking about!! :D Nice blog. And nice to meet you!
Jan. 22, 2012 11:04 am
Hi and welcome. Looking forward to hearing about your cooking experiences.
Jan. 22, 2012 11:20 am
Welcome to the blogs Danielle :)
Jan. 22, 2012 1:31 pm
Clever blog name! I look forward to reading more ; )
Jan. 22, 2012 5:15 pm
Welcome! I'll be checkin' in!
Jan. 23, 2012 6:37 am
Welcome to AR where you will enjoy the company and for me I have learned so much from all the great people here.
Jan. 23, 2012 6:51 am
Great blog Danielle! Looking forward to working along side you in the South Region!
Jan. 23, 2012 7:02 am
Thanks, everyone! I'm thrilled to be a part of this!
Jan. 23, 2012 6:49 pm
Very nice BLOG! BTW, we have friends who always wanted a NF dog, and got one about 3 years ago. HE's H_U_G_E! their last name is Huge (Hu gee), so he fits - LOL!
Jan. 24, 2012 10:53 am
Welcome! Looking forward to hearing more from you.
Feb. 5, 2012 7:40 am
Nice to meet you, Flying Wizard! Good luck on your new blog. You have gotten off to a great start.
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Flying Wizard

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About Me
Although my parents were both gourmands, it never really rubbed off on me until I got married. My then husband became chief guinea pig for any and every recipe I tried. Bless him, he was a trooper! After we split up, I retained my adventurous streak, and will eagerly attempt anything. My current rave is food from ancient Europe. I can tell you a few things about the reason behind the popularity of cinnamon in those days.
My favorite things to cook
For years now, I've been a fan of the recipes of 14th and 15th century Europe, especially England. Some folks think the English make bland or scary food. There are some things I won't eat (blood sausage), but in 'Olde' England, they were very imaginative in their cooking. How about some Chicken with Dragon's Blood Sauce? Dragon's Blood? Red sandalwood. Yummy! I have made several recipes for special events, and everyone loves them!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't really get to know my mom until I was a teen. But those years we had together bear some wonderful memories of meatloaf, potato soup, even tuna casserole. My mom made the best homemade soft rolls. I miss her. My dad's mom was an influence as well. She grew up in the Depression era, so she taught me the importance of using what you have. Recipe calls for bacon? Use that leftover ham in the fridge. Bread pudding and 'Poor Man's Cake' were regular desserts. I still love them! Still looking for the perfect "Poor Man's Cake" and chow chow recipes.
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