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Friends add spice to life 
Feb. 6, 2012 9:21 am 
Updated: Feb. 6, 2012 6:50 pm

This week begins my second month as an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador. I have to say that it has awakened a part of me that has been hiding for a long time. My love of cooking has always been present, but I now feel that I am in better company than I had ever imagined.

So, I begin this post with thanks. Thanks to ilkaisha for bringing this wonderful concept to my attention. She and I have worked together as writers, and since we share a passion for cooking, she felt that I would like to join in the Allrecipes fun. She was correct. So, thank you, my friend, for putting the bug in my ear.

To Ivory @ ar and others at Allrecipes, allowing me to join the ranks of the Allstars. What fun this has been – and we’re only in February! This single opportunity has opened my eyes and mind to the endless possibilities of being able to express myself through the artful crafting of solutions to a universal need: the need for food.

To the AR Facebook gangs Across America and the Southern Region. Several individuals, including Baking Nana, witchywoman, jrbaker and others have included me in their circles, where I can listen in on their own unique perspectives and glean just a little of their wisdom. I thank you.

To the AR Buzz denizens: My first request of a recipe resulted in a number of wonderful responses from a variety of people. Some had recipes; others just wanted to say, “welcome!” Thank you so much for the greetings! I am heartily impressed and look forward to spending more time at the Buzz!

With that said, I have to admit that I’m just a little daunted by this month’s assignment. That doesn’t mean I can’t do it; I just haven’t figured out what to create, yet. I suppose I will figure it out soon enough. I’ll be posting on my public blog (My Life with Noofs) with a slightly different update and a humble request for ideas!

This weekend was one of leisure that I haven’t experienced in quite some time. I spent more time in the kitchen this past weekend than I had all week. I made a couple of wonderful meals and baked for both people and dogs.

I have been working as a freelance writer for going on three years, but have recently accepted a temporary assignment writing web content for a state government agency. Freelancing is a wonderful way of life, but there are times when I wish for a regular 9-5-type gig. This opportunity came up quite unexpectedly, and since I needed a break from the round-the-clock workday, I took it. This will only last a few months, which will be time enough for me to start wishing I could work from my home office again. For now, I am enjoying my free time in the week before I start my new gig. Methinks that I need some new clothes – my freelance dress code includes fuzzy slippers. ;-)

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and am not compensated for my work with Products received from any advertisers are only used for experience-based reviews on Cook and Tell. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the blog author (Danielle Bingham) and are not reflected by, its advertisers or any other entity.

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Feb. 6, 2012 9:31 am
It's been a pleasure getting to know you, too and your Noofies are GORGEOUS!
Feb. 6, 2012 9:39 am
Thanks, witchywoman! Tomorrow and Wednesday I will be bathing and grooming them. I will do the obligatory before and after photos, so be sure and tune in. ;-)
Feb. 6, 2012 10:07 am
Nice blog and looking forward to more. Being an AR Ambassador has really stepped up my game also.
Feb. 6, 2012 4:41 pm
Friends indeed do add Spice to Life and the friends I have made through AR are amazing. The AR Ambassador program has really helped me step out of my comfort zone and we are all reaping the benefits of that. Some might think this funny but the most challenging assignment I had last year was the Southern Collection. WOW - this So. Cal girl with British roots changed her "cooks rating" from Professional to Expert. Although I do cook "Professionally" I am by no means well rounded enough to handle all the different cuisines offered to us. Great blog and good luck with grooming the Noofs!
Feb. 6, 2012 5:46 pm
Great blog kid. I have had a ball doing the Ambassador program. It has pushed me in directions I never would have considered and I have found some real winners in the process of mining for faceless recipes that might suit our tastes and/or my available ingredients.(Found a few "what was I thinkin' too LOL) Welcome to the Allstars and I look forward to a Hawaii transplant educating us on the joys of southern cooking:)
Feb. 6, 2012 6:12 pm
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Feb. 6, 2012 6:50 pm
Nice blog and nice Newfie. Ours is about 130 or more right now. She is such a sweetie and a great friend to my five year old. If you look in my pictures you can see her a couple of year is ago when she was just a pup.
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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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