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Nov. 8, 2010 2:53 pm 
Updated: Nov. 16, 2010 7:51 am
This is Me

My name is Sarah and I'm food Obsessed.  About three weeks ago I won the first faceless recipes contest and was given a free two year subscription to AR.  I started using All Recipes last year when I was planning the Christmas get together with the inlaws.  I go through flavour phases and at the time I was obsessed with all things Carribean.  I had decided on my menu but needed a recipe for jerked pork, I googled it and stumbled upon this site.  I started saving recipes immediately and browsed this site off and on for several months.  In the Spring I accidently clicked on the the "Recipe Exchange" button and discovered a wonderful community of home cooks.  I spent time there daily chatting and discussing food with people who were just as food obsessed as I am.  From that day on I've been hooked on this site.  It feeds my cooking addiction and makes me feel normal. 

I've been baking since I was a child, but my obsession began in my mid-teens when I went through a vegetarain phase.  I started experimenting with different sources of protein.  The first thing I ever cooked that was not a treat was a very simple chick pea curry.  My whole family tried it and liked it and I was hooked.  I started borrowing cook books from the library and copying recipes down into a binder.  I still have that binder, only now it has expanded to two that are both overflowing.  I love spices and use them with abandon in my cooking.
My children and my nieces
Aside from cooking I'm a very busy married stay at home mom, I have a 4 year old and three 3 year olds.  I often babysit my nieces so a housefull of kids is the norm around here.  I'm an animal lover and a "tree-hugging dirt-worshipper".  I love to garden and I'm a bit of a health nut, I lost 50 pounds last year and I'm struggling with keeping it off.  I work out but don't usually enjoy it. 

The Family Feb 08
What started your obsession? 
Nov. 8, 2010 3:52 pm
I was waiting for you to start blogging-great blog BTW, beautiful family. My obsession with food started when I was very young and as the oldest girl in the family it was my job to take care of household chores, cooking and cleaning being the top of the list. My baba used to patiently teach me how to bake and cook some great things. I learned alot from trial and error and have been amazed at all the wonderful things I have learned from this site. I also love having so many members at my finger tips ready to answer and food related (sometimes not) questions. Just like in my kitchen-it's not always about cooking and there needs to be some fun in the mix, recipes tasted better made with love-love=laughter. Have a good one-great blog!
Nov. 8, 2010 4:09 pm
Thanks RNG! I would've started sooner but last weekend was the triplet's birthday party and I've been crazy busy. My mother started cooking much like you, she was the only girl and did much of the cooking at home from the age of 11, times sure have changed, my mother did most of the cooking the whole time I lived at home, she generously shared her space with me but didn't require me to cook, it makes me wonder if I would like it so much if it was something I had to do. I agree, it's never ALL about food, but food does seem to be the connection in so many things.
Nov. 9, 2010 7:37 am
Welcome to AR where we're all obsessed with food! Great blog and nice to meet you and your family.
Nov. 9, 2010 7:58 am
Congratulations on winning the first faceless recipes contest! And on your weight loss. I enjoyed reading your blog. I go through phases with cooking, most recently it was anything with yeast. My husband lost his job recently and has taken over the cooking, which is an interesting change. You must be busy with 4 small kids, I don't have any children but I work in a preschool and it is HARD work being with small kids. I look forward to reading your blogs :)
Nov. 9, 2010 8:25 am
Thank you Lace :), it's nice to 'meet' you too.
Nov. 9, 2010 8:28 am
@ rachmaree, Thank-you. How's you husband doing with the cooking? My husband can cook but I don't ask him to very often, he doesn't really enjoy it and I love it. And little kids are hard work, but very entertaining too!
Nov. 9, 2010 8:49 am
I became food obsessed when I had my children. I love providing them with homemade meals that are made with love and healthier than drive through/convenience foods. I just wish the kitchen would clean itself, then I would enjoy it a lot more. :)
Nov. 9, 2010 9:17 am
By the way Sarah-May, I tried your peach upside down cake and loved it.
Nov. 9, 2010 10:18 am
I'm with you Crikkitt, a self cleaning kitchen would be a dream come true.
Nov. 9, 2010 10:20 am
Thanks again Lilcat, I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. Here's the link for the cake if anyone else is interested :___
Nov. 9, 2010 11:25 am
I'd been wondering if you would blog! Congrats on winning the membership. I have always been interested in good home cooking, but I didn't become THIS obsessed with cooking and baking until AR. I found this site almost 3 years ago when searching for a greek seafood dish. I didn't use it much though until, like you, I stumbled on the 'buzz' one day almost a year ago. I'm amazed at how much I've learned from my fellow cooks since then, and I'm much more adventurous now. PS, way to go on the weight loss and keeping it off. That's a big accomplishment. You have a beautiful family, too.
Nov. 9, 2010 12:29 pm
I've learned a great deal from this site too, one of the big things for me is that I've stopped buying canned beans entirely, I was always worried about cooking them from dry, I'd never seen it done and didn't know how, but a few conversations on the buzz made me try it, I'll never go back. Thanks for stopping by CC :D
Nov. 9, 2010 7:02 pm
Great blog Sarah! I am still not 'obsessed' with cooking but I am becoming more so every day. I had the same things day in day out growing up and my "obsession" is making sure that doesn't happen in MY household. It has been nice getting to know you here and I look forward to the months ahead...
Nov. 9, 2010 7:21 pm
great blog. i started cooking for real when i discovered the wife ( or botulism babe), tried to cook more then 28 years ago when we got married. she is a calfornia beauty, raised in ney york. the girl is hazardous in the kitchen. i've become extremely good in the kitchen. i like southern food. italian is probably my favorite type cusine. i learned like most folks i guess, mom...she never measured or read recipes. she made the best food...gosh i miss her. the buzz is a great sounding board!
Nov. 9, 2010 7:37 pm
Very nice blog Sarah, and great photos too! My interest in food/cooking began in high school when I started clipping recipes from magazines. My obsession began in college when I would watch Julia Child on TV as often as I could...when I should have been studying! Then in the early 80's, I was given the original Silver Palate Cookbook and I never looked back!
Nov. 9, 2010 7:39 pm
Hi Sarah, great blog and nice to see the kiddies :) I too discovered the "buzz" just recently quite by accident, tho I have visited this site continuously over several years for recipes and inspiration. (I actually lurk here under another name and password long forgotten, lol) I can't remember how old I was when I got my Easy Bake Oven, but that would be when it started. All I ever wanted to be was a wife and mom and love to cook for people. I think a big part of that stems from being a bit of a picky eater. For instance, I have never like cereals and many other breakfast foods and since I was about 10 mom would let me make myself fried rice every morning for breakfast. Then life took over and I went on to run a small restaurant with my mom and cater family functions, loving every minute of it, but mmore than anything I like to cook for my husband and 5 kids and now their spouses and babies :)
Nov. 10, 2010 5:23 am
Thanks for stopping by Nicole, even if you aren't QUITE obsessed ;).
Nov. 10, 2010 5:24 am
Thank-you gderr, that sounds like a great reason to learn how to cook. I too aspire to cook like mom, I've surpassed her when it comes to baking but her regular food is amazing.
Nov. 10, 2010 5:25 am
Thanks Wyattdogster, it seems we have a similar starting point, magazines and cookbooks in high school :).
Nov. 10, 2010 5:27 am
Hi Carrie, nice to "meet" you, I love that you've cooked as a business, it's something that I want to do some day, when the kids are a little older. Thank-you for commenting.
Nov. 10, 2010 8:23 am
Hi Sarah-May. I've been cooking and baking since I was a kid but I became obsessed in my early to mid 20's with yeast breads and doughs and it hasn't stopped yet! Not that I want it to! Right now I have pie crust fever! :) You have a beautiful family. I don't have triplets but I do have twins and 2 other kids. Multiples are fun though aren't they? When we would change the twins diapers or give them a bath I would always say I'm glad they weren't triplets!
Nov. 10, 2010 9:58 am
Well helloo Sarah-May. What a beautiful family you have, congrats and what a great blog! I'm only obsessed with cooking because I have no choice lol jk. I started cooking when I moved out of my parents house. I've slowly used AR since 06' but have been more committed this year now that I have a wee bit of free time .... plus my daughter's palate is changing.
Nov. 10, 2010 11:46 am
I've been baking since I was little. I always helped my mom bake cakes, cookies, etc. I did some basic Spanish/Mexican cooking in high school. When I moved out of my parents house to go to college I moved in with my boyfriend and I realized I better learn how to cook. I've been cooking for 4 years now and I love it. It's gotten so bad (or perhaps good?) that I hate going out to eat because I could have made the same thing at home for cheaper, made it much healthier, and it would have tasted better!
Nov. 10, 2010 2:57 pm
lol, nuggets it must be a universal thing, when my trio were babies I'd often think how glad I was that there weren't four of them :)
Nov. 10, 2010 2:58 pm
it's exciting when they start to like different things isn't it Moaa, one of my little ones has just decided that she likes raw broccoli, I was so thrilled! thanks for commenting.
Nov. 10, 2010 3:00 pm
Kellieann, I feel that way occasionally, especially when I go to a place that's supposed to be really good and am dissapointed, I really love not having to clean up afterwards though! Thanks for stopping by.
Nov. 10, 2010 10:07 pm
Hi Sarah-May! For me my obsession started before I can even remember. My mom was from North Africa and I grew up eating a very exotic diet compared to what most American (or Canadian)kids do. I sincerely do not ever remember going through a "picky" stage and loving food early on. I loved everything about it, how it smelled, how it looked before it was cooked/baked, compared to how it looked after it was cooked/baked, etc. I remember watching Julia Child on PBS after school instead other shows. I remember my mom giving me little kitchen secrets. I remember my aunts and my mom all getting together and 3 different languages being spoken at once while something was simmering on the stove and something else was in the oven. All of these experiences make me who I am today. I love to relax by making something complicated, to me it's therapy. Your kids and your husband are the lucky ones to have such a great mom/wife in their life. Even if they don't express their gratitude and what you do for them right now, rest assured, someday you will be rewarded for all your love and devotion that you put into your meals.
Nov. 11, 2010 8:36 am
Hi Avon, nice breasts! Sounds amazing, I don't remember being really picky either, I love the togetherness you describe, cooking with friends and family is wonderful. Thanks so much :).
Nov. 12, 2010 4:15 am
Nice blog! Congrats on winning the contest. I suppose I've been obsessed with food for about 20 years. Starting with making the baby's food then growing my own and now it's said you can't take me out to eat anyway :) Started on AR to look up a lost recipe and it snowballed from there. Look forward to your next blog.
Nov. 12, 2010 6:05 am
Thanks for your blog, it was fun to read. It was also heartening to see you approach food with a healthy attitude - not just for yourself, but for your growing family too. My eyes immediately fell to your love of animals - it's always nice to meet a fellow advocate. Bless you for having the time to care for them, while still raising your family and teaching them about healthy nutrition.
Nov. 12, 2010 6:25 am
Thanks Cat Hill, nice to "see" you!
Nov. 12, 2010 6:27 am
Thanks BellesAZ, I've loved animals for as long as I can remember, I don't have as much time for the poor neglected dog as I'd like, she's well cared for but I wish I had more time to just cuddle her, the cats are spoiled rotten, except for the kids trying to carry them around by the tail or throat from time to time :D.
Nov. 12, 2010 8:47 am
It isn't always easy to maintain your 'zest' for cooking when you are so busy with little ones. Many cooks kind of 'loose interest' especially if the kids are picky. Good for you to make cooking and good food a priority, you are setting a good example for your babies! Have fun, thanks for the blog and enjoy your family everyday. I have 4 as well who are almost grown now and I still wonder where the time went!
Nov. 12, 2010 8:52 am
Thank you for the pat on the back maddysmom, it sure made me feel good.
Nov. 12, 2010 8:53 am
I started baking as a kid, love to cook, and have always been obsessed with good food! This place has ruined my days. I spend entirely too much time here on this site, and enjoy every second of it!
Nov. 12, 2010 10:23 pm
Congrats on first blog, that is in the top five, not to mention! And, Welcome! Gosh, I think I took my mom's love of cooking to college, but didn't have much time to do it justice. Once i hooked up with The Man, my skills began to improve, and then snowball...
Nov. 13, 2010 3:42 am
Congrats on winning the first faceless recipes contest! My mom and granma aren`t interested in cooking, so my obsession with food started 4 years ago. But I didn't become so obsessed with cooking until I found AR. I discovered this site on Jan 2008 and now I am hanging out on this site almost every day. By the way, your Nectarine sunshine smoothie is fantastic.
Nov. 13, 2010 6:15 am
Liebermom: I'm guilty of spending too much time here too, just wait until my kids go to school, then this place will be dangerous :)
Nov. 13, 2010 6:16 am
Good EatNZ: Thank you! I'm grinning to myself about the snow ball comment and looking out at the snowy trees.
Nov. 13, 2010 6:17 am
DiamondGirl: Thank you so much, AR seems to have that effect on many newer cooks. I'm glad you like my smoothie, it was one of those weird recipes that was published the same day I posted it.
Nov. 13, 2010 9:06 am
So glad you stumbled upon US in the exchabge. I too spend way too much time chatting when I should be walking my getting larger Butt! LOL You have your hands full and that is a Beautiful family you have given the world:)Thank you for letting us have a look at life from your eyes. Really nice blog. I know we haven't talked much but I am glad to call you friend non the less:) See you upstairs!
Nov. 13, 2010 9:14 am
So glad you stumbled upon US in the exchabge. I too spend way too much time chatting when I should be walking my getting larger Butt! LOL You have your hands full and that is a Beautiful family you have given the world:)Thank you for letting us have a look at life from your eyes. Really nice blog. I know we haven't talked much but I am glad to call you friend non the less:) See you upstairs!
Nov. 13, 2010 3:33 pm
Hi Sarah, I started cooking when I was 9 yo. My mother was bed-ridden with cancer and a social worker taught me to cook a few things. When my mom died she went away too, so I hunted in cookbooks from our church, and some of my mom's recipes. It was just few that I used all of the time. I raised my kids with the same few recipes. Now, my kids are grown with their own families and I am handicapped and can no longer work. Well, bored one day while surfing the net I found this place. Ever since I have been cooking so many new and exciting things. When money is tight(like all the time :) ), I just see what I have, put it in the ingredients search and wa la dinner! I love this sight, but I cannot afford a contributing membership but would not have a clue what to blog about anyway, but I love to read and comment so I can get to know people here. I have not been to RE much, I don't have much to say there either, but if I ever get over being shy, I hope to join you all there too!!
Nov. 14, 2010 5:09 am
Welcome! I've been obsessed with food/cooking since I was about 16. I had some trouble finding a summer job, and was looking for something worthwhile to do between babysitting gigs. I pulled out my mother's cookbooks and started experimenting. I still love experimenting. I do it all the time (and blog about it here). The faceless recipe contest that you won was a spin-off of my blog. I'm so glad to see you here as a result! If you haven't found it yet, click on the "Recipe Buzz" tab above and become even more addicted!! BTW, do I see triplets in that last picture? Holy cow, you must have your hands full! :)
Nov. 14, 2010 7:23 am
Thanks for dropping by Patty Cakes, I'm a buzzer too but we must be on at different times for the most part, I don't usually "see" much of you when I'm there.
Nov. 14, 2010 7:27 am
Choppie, thank you for commenting, I love hearing about how this place has changed people's cooking habbits, mine included. I really couldn't afford a contributing membership either so I was over the moon when I won one. If you have a way of posting pictures you could get your name in a draw for one too. And don't be shy, I'll admit that there is some snippy stuff on the buzz but for the most part the people there are very warm, welcoming and understanding. Jump in, the more the merrier :).
Nov. 14, 2010 7:30 am
Hi Pam! I'm a long time buzzer actually we must miss each other or something, I know I don't see you very often. I often peek at you blog and love the idea of giving recipes a face so much that I seek out recipes without pictures to make when I have time. And yes I do have triplets, they just turned three, I'm hopin to get a three part blog up about their birthday party tomorrow. Thank you for commenting.
Nov. 14, 2010 3:43 pm
I have always been obsessed with food. Howevefr I haven't ever really learned to cook. I am teaching myself. My family never thought I was good enough in the kitchen so it always scared me and I didn't think I could do it, however, now I am learning I can do it and I love it. So I am trying anything and everthing and it helps having somewhere like AR to go. Thanks for sharing. I hope you do more with your blog.
Nov. 15, 2010 6:11 am
Thank you Swimgirlz200, I hope to post a new one later today :)
Nov. 15, 2010 8:54 am
Great story & congrats on winning the faceless recipe contest. I, too am a 'foodie' and have been cooking since 9 years of age. One of my favorite things to do is watch a cooking show & put together something similar by using ingredients in my pantry so I'm not going to the supermarket and spending a fortune. My family absolutely loves everything I cook. Great pics of your family!
Nov. 15, 2010 10:44 am
Way to go swimgirlz200! Don't let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do!! It took me nearly 40 years to figure that out and I have been happier for it! BTW, I forgot to congratulate you Sarah-May on your weight loss! I lost 72 lbs last year and of course put 50 back on. Well, with winter here again and good weather for good home cooking instead of easy stuff, I am hoping to take it off again...and keep it off. It doesn't help to have a husband keep buying your favorite fattening foods, but I know he does it because he loves me and wants me to be happy... it has been a rough few years. He is a great man, to stick by me with all the hospitalizations and surgeries, not to mention the fact that I was so helpless for a year, but we made it! I have most of my hand function back if I go slow, but will never be able to walk for more than a minute or so and it makes it nearly impossible for a foodie to lose weight!! LOL Eh, I am going to be 50 next month, is there ever a time in life when we stop worrying about weight loss??
baking lady 
Nov. 15, 2010 1:04 pm
Hi Sarah Mae. Congrats on your weight loss- which must be very challenging if you love to cook and bake. You probably do what I do- cook and bake for others. It's so flattering and satisfying when others appreciate your food. Having a dad in the bakery buisness, plus a fabulous home-style cooker as well, inspired me to learn how to cook. My family was so food obsessed that when we were eating one meal, we we already talking about preparing our next one. Oh well, I can think of a lot worse obsessions to have, and this one is fun!
Nov. 16, 2010 5:20 am
Sarah Mae, you are one accomplished young lady. Congrats on the weight loss, the recipe contest and the beautiful family. I am in awe of someone who can do all that you do with those adorable little triplets running around the house. I fell in love with cooking at about 12 when my mom went back to work and I had to help a bit with food prep for the family. I quickly became pretty adept at analyzing and preparing recipes. It seemed like a natural gift, but was probably learned at my mama's knees. She could cook or bake up a storm. She is now too disabled to do much cooking, so when I fly home to Olympia, I try to cook everything she craves and she loves it. A sincere welcome to AR. Enjoy the ride.
Nov. 16, 2010 7:45 am
MsVikki, thanks for dropping by. I'm always altering recipes to use what I have on hand too, it makes for some flops and some out of this world discoveries.
Nov. 16, 2010 7:47 am
choppie, thank-you, you have an idea how hard it is to lose it and doubly so because you have a challenge finding ways to burn calories, you can do it again :).
Nov. 16, 2010 7:50 am
baking lady, I'm going to adopt your family! No one in my family is quite as obsessed as me, my mother loves to cook but isn't as into planning as me. That's almost as much fun as eating the finished results! And I do bake/cook for others, I volunteer at a Youth Outreach Center once a month and alternate between savoury and sweet dishes and usually go a little exotic as many of these kids have not had the opportunity to taste things that are from elsewhere. Thanks for commenting.
Nov. 16, 2010 7:51 am
Mauigirl: Thank you so much for the very warm welcome and the compliments. I am pretty busy but being a stay at home mom helps, I look at people who work full time and raise kids and am always awed at how they hold it all togther.
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