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My Allrecipes Story 
 
Apr. 27, 2012 5:53 pm 
Updated: May 1, 2012 7:32 am
When I was in my 20's, the Internet was a relatively new concept.  AOL was the prominent way to connect.  "You've Got Mail" were the first words heard after excessive tries to use a dial-up modem to access the Internet (which was often met with busy signals).

I found the Internet fascinating.  One day, my husband (who was not my husband at the time) said to me, "If you type random things into the top part of the browser, you'll be amazed at the website names people own...anything you can think of!"  So, I typed in cookierecipes.com.  Sure enough, a website popped up with cookie recipes.  I was so excited because I was an avid cook, and I only had two cookbooks to work with in my house.  Then, I typed in breadrecipes.com...AMAZING!  Another great recipe website!  This was a dream come true for me. I noticed there were several of these types of sites available with recipes, and had a great time using recipes from them.  I visited the websites often until, one day, I went to one of the websites and received a message that stated something to the effect, "We are now Allrecipes.com."  I was 26 at the time of all of this.  I'm now 41.  That's how long I've been frequenting the Allrecipes.com site.

During my 20's, I loved coming to the site to find recipes I could make out of what I had in my refrigerator.  Let's face it, the 20's can be a sad and sorry time of trying to get by, and no one would've known how little I had by looking at what I could make with the help of this site.

I've appreciated so much about this site.  If it weren't for this website, I wouldn't have had such a wonderful Sweet 16 party for my daughter.  Her graduation party consisted of recipes from this site. I used recipes from the website to host this same daughter's senior recital at her college. I've used recipes from the site to bring neighbors dinners when they were ill or to make different cookies and candies for the holidays.  Allrecipes has been my go to site for every special occasion and holiday from the day I first discovered the original sites. With the ability to use ratings, see pictures, and read tweaks others have made, it's a no fail solution for making great dishes with a lot of choices.  So, here I am...15 years later.  I'm feeling old when I think back about those first moments of discoveries.  I went from a 20 something to a 40 something, and I'm proud to say that Allrecipes has participated in huge way in my life, family, festivities, and holidays.  Thank you, Allrecipes, for constantly making changes for the better, listening to your audience, and allowing me to play a part in something that has played such a huge part in my life.
 
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Paula 
Apr. 27, 2012 5:57 pm
How cool that you've been with them since the beginning! Great blog!
 
Apr. 27, 2012 8:28 pm
I love looking back at the computer via your blog. I remember my sister helping me with my first one so many years ago. She has the patience of Job, and she just loves technology. I, on the other hand, don't. I only like the results. I love hearing about your journey. Thanks for posting!
 
Apr. 28, 2012 4:23 am
Great blog ~ Thank you for sharing.
 
 
 
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Patterson, New York, USA

Member Since
Jan. 2010

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy

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Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy

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About Me
I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a volunteer position), and I am not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertisers are only used for experience-based reviews on my personal blog. The reviews, content, and opinions expressed in this blog are all my own. **************** By the age of seven, I would wander into the local library to check out cookbooks to make creations at home. When I became a mother to four daughters, I had a good sized family to feed. I became great with saving money and making wonderful meals without breaking the bank. I started using the original Allrecipes sites when I was in my 20's in 1997. I made the discovery by typing in "cookierecipes.com" to see what would happen. From then on, I became an Allrecipes.com addict. I didn't "officially" join until 2010, but I've been here the entire time. :) Allrecipes saved me many times over for parties, pot lucks, graduations-even my oldest daughter's college senior recital.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. I have a smoker and love to grill. Whenever I want some company, I fire up the smoker and make my own homemade BBQ sauce for pulled pork. If that doesn't get you company in NY, nothing will. I create my own recipes, but love learning from other people. I love to see ideas, promote them, and share creativity. I can't think of anything I don't enjoy making. I just love trying to make anything. Holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. Allrecipes contains the secret to my success regarding making succulent turkey (yes, I once was a dry turkey person- NOT ANYMORE). I enjoy coming up with new ideas, new ways to use products, and I always like to test out new items that hit the shelves at the stores. I consider my kitchen to be my laboratory. However, I'm not opposed to quick and easy meals when life makes the call for it! After all, life was meant to be enjoyed...and, sometimes, that means quick and easy meals!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays and birthdays are my favorite times of the year. I enjoy making old family favorites and spending time together with my family. For Thanksgiving, I turned to Allrecipes years ago and discovered what putting a turkey in a brine can do. I tried it that year and never turned back. My husband proclaimed that I made the best turkey he ever ate. So, every year, I cut up all the vegetables ahead of time for the Thanksgiving meal. Then, I put the remains into a stockpot and create my own vegetable stock for a turkey brine. After soaking the turkey, I cook the turkey in a bag to make the most succulent turkey around. It's so juicy that it's hard to believe it's Thanksgiving - and there's no need to buy a special brand of turkey to get this result. I also love the old family go-to recipes. However, for stuffing, I found that making a homemade Challah bread creates the most unbelievable stuffing ever. Using a bread machine can make the whole process easier. You won't regret it!
My cooking triumphs
I started creating my own recipes when I had to live out of a pantry with little funds. I enjoy being creative, and this led to me becoming published. Later, I became an Allstars Brand Ambassador. I love the program because it let me be a part of a company that I respect and love so much in a way that I couldn't have imagined. Being a Brand Ambassador has been such a huge honor and great experience. I've met so many wonderful people due to it, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Allrecipes through roasting pumpkin seeds on the Better TV show. I just want to give a big shout out to Better TV for giving me the opportunity to represent Allrecipes - a website I've been visiting for over 15 years. Here are the links to the pumpkin seed roasting: http://better.tv/view/food--amp--recipes2-food--amp--recipes-how-to-roast-pumpkin-seeds http://better.tv/view/food--amp--recipes2-food--amp--recipes-roasting-pumpkin-seeds-part-2
My cooking tragedies
I started cooking at a young age, and most of my mistakes took place during that time period. As a child, company was constant in our home. My mother knew I loved to cook and asked if I could make some of my Blonde Brownies for dessert that night for our company. I was 12 years old, and gladly started to prepare the dish. Unfortunately, my mother was out of vegetable oil. I went to the fridge and took out some reserve oil she had filtered after using it for deep frying. I figured it was still good and added it to the brownies. That night, when dinner was finished, the brownies were brought out. I took a bite of mine, and dropped it on the plate. The company ate the brownies and stated how good they were. My brownie had a horrible taste. It was at that moment that I realized the reserved oil was from my mother frying fish. Never again did I test the waters of used oil.
 
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