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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds - Better TV 
Oct. 26, 2012 7:37 am 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2012 12:33 pm
 On the train to New York City, I thought about how many times I've come to this site for my children's birthday parties, those sleepovers where Mom and Dad never get sleep, the graduations....whenever I needed an idea or a last minute recipe based on items in my fridge or pantry, has been there.

When I was asked if I would like to be on the Better TV show, I was more than happy to go.  I felt like it was an opportunity to give back to a company and site that has given me so much over the years.  

The people at Better TV couldn't have been nicer, and, of course, Allrecipes sent one of their finest to meet me on the set.  Cory was typical of everyone I've met through Allrecipes - warm, kind - as though I've known her my whole life.  Allrecipes has that effect on people.  It's like that old friend you turn to when you need that great recipe or ideas for parties.  But, maybe most of that "old friend" feeling isn't because the site is so dependable, but due to the fact that people like Cory are part of the mechanics of what creates such a successful site...with those who come to it and enjoy the fruits of all the labor and the community as being another large part.   Allrecipes listens to their audience.  They always strive to make better experiences...and that's why we all like to come visit our old friend. 

As I stood there with JD Roberto from the Better show, all I could think is how much I wanted to do something well for a site that has given me so much in my personal life.  Food and recipes are such a large part of our lives.  We have to eat.  With the help of Allrecipes, many of us have eaten well.  Many of us have enjoyed the holidays, time with our families, and the thrill of having a recipe be super successful when we thought we might not be so good at making it.  

With that, I hope all of you enjoy this segment on "How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds."  Thanks again to Better TV for giving me the opportunity to represent Allrecipes...and THANK YOU, Allrecipes, for trusting me enough to give back a little to a site that has given me so much.

Oct. 26, 2012 10:40 am
I love your story about representing the AR community as a Brand Ambassador, Donna! What a thrill it was to watch the video-you did a great job!
Oct. 26, 2012 3:51 pm
Well done Donna.
Oct. 26, 2012 3:57 pm
Congrats Donna! You did an awesome job! You sounded so calm. :)
Oct. 26, 2012 4:10 pm
You look like a pro, Donna! Great job!
Oct. 28, 2012 8:10 pm
Congrats Donna!
Oct. 29, 2012 3:31 pm
Great job, Donna! Even with the commentator's interruptions, you made it flow!
Oct. 30, 2012 10:35 am
Donna you did great! It looked like so much fun. Congrats!!!
Nov. 1, 2012 11:20 am
Great job!
Nov. 1, 2012 12:33 pm
Thanks so much for the wonderful comments! I greatly appreciate everything that has been said, and the people who have made the comments. ;)
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I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a volunteer position), and I am not compensated for my work with 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 "" to see what would happen. From then on, I became an 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:
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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