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Home at Last.... 
Apr. 24, 2012 7:17 pm 
Updated: May 2, 2012 3:13 am
I don't know how it happened.  I wish I could recall the moment I knew.  It's a great sadness to me that I can't remember the very day I left my promiscuous ways.  Once I flitted from one place to another, seeking satisfaction, or the ultimate "high".  I remember those days--days of wandering, nights of endlessly chasing beautiful, enticing fireflies, always beckoning me on, away from my center.  I grew confused and lost my way.  Then, gradually, I realized that I had stopped running, that I had actually found a place to rest.  This was a place where I found my security, my acceptance, my self-expression, my outlet for creativity, and wonderful recipes, to boot!  How could I have overlooked this for so long?  I knew about AllRecipes for several years before I joined.  In fact, I have recipes printed from the site long before December of 2009, but that is when I finally knew I had to commit.  Oh, my visits were welcomed and encouraged before then, but I knew I was only a visitor.  Now, I feel like family, and that feels just right!

But why did you stop your wandering and become a member, you may ask.  Let me explain.  With membership, I can be of help to my fellow cooks, who have become my friends and internet neighbors.  Also, I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is something about the AR site that communicates heart, and I want to be a part of that.  The site font is friendly; the site itself is user-friendly and fast; the staff seems eager to be of assistance to the community, with no hint of disdain or snootiness; the extensive reservoir of recipes is easily searched; and the reviews from thousands of cooks like me are very helpful.  In fact, it is the reviews from people I trust that will often convince me to step out and try something different!

Speaking of community, I guess that's the most important reason that I am a member here.  I start and end my day, every day, with the "peeps" on the Buzz.  I may not always post, but I always want to know what everyone else is planning for dinner.  Lisa's posts, early in the morning, give me such a lift, and they often provide me with the inspiration I lack.  I check in whenever I can throughout the day, and I love the silly games and chats that develop "after dark"!  Oh, I've had moments that weren't so warm and fuzzy, times when the printed words seemed a little sharp or judgmental, but we're almost family, aren't we?  I try to give it a little grace and go on.  In any case, 95 percent of the time the "Buzz" is like a giant kitchen table where anyone is welcome to pull up a chair and chat for a while.  Last time I checked, 95 was still an "A" on most grading scales!

Then, I stepped up to a higher level of participation on AR and became a "smurfette".  I was so proud of my blue star!  I think the menu planner has been the supporting member feature I use the most.  I love how I can create menus and shopping lists for a week, or for an event.  I'm new to blogging, so the jury is still out on that benefit.  I'm just now beginning to use the option that allows me to customize a recipe I have tried, but sometimes I forget to do that!  I also like the option that re-formats the recipe to a kitchen friendly view, which is especially nice for printing out recipes.

All these things are great benefits of being a member of the AllRecipes community, but the camaraderie with other cooks from all over the country is the one thing that brings me back every time.  I feel I know so many of you, and I am so glad we met!  Without our common bond of the love of good food, we might never have gotten to know one another!  Other food sites can still entice me from time to time.  Those fireflies are still beautiful, and I might glance at them for a moment, but I know where my heart is:  it's home on AllRecipes!
Apr. 24, 2012 7:26 pm
You're right. Allrecipes is very special. I enjoyed reading this. Thanks!
Apr. 24, 2012 7:36 pm
AllRecipes is special, I agree too! What is unique is that AllRecipes communicates with us and they are approachable. We know who many of the employees are and what they look like and they always respond to us!
Apr. 24, 2012 7:48 pm
It is a special place :)
Apr. 24, 2012 7:54 pm
Lovely blog. Allrecipes is indeed special and I think it is the Buzz that sets it apart from other food sites. It isn't just recipes - heck I have tons of cook books for that - it is the real people, like you, that make it special for me. I bought myself my supporting membership as a "present" to myself. I sometimes flirt with other sites but always end up coming 'home' to AR. :) I can't wait to meet you in Las Vegas in May. Woot Woot - another adventure!
Apr. 24, 2012 8:58 pm
It is special. And you are an excellent writer! Great blog.
Apr. 25, 2012 6:00 am
Jacolyn, MSC, rae, B'Nana, and OC, thanks for coming! Lovely to spend a little time together, sharing thoughts, even though we are separated by time and distance. AR and cooking bring us together!
Apr. 25, 2012 6:47 am
Great blog. I am seriously thinking about becoming a smurf also. Just can't make my mind up to spend the money right now.
Apr. 25, 2012 6:47 am
Great blog. I am seriously thinking about becoming a smurf also. Just can't make my mind up to spend the money right now.
Apr. 25, 2012 8:34 am
Great blog! I agree with Baking Nana, it's the Buzz that puts this site above all others. Vegas bound.
Apr. 25, 2012 10:11 am
I really enjoyed reading your blog, Bibi, and I love sitting at the kitchen table with you!
Apr. 25, 2012 10:54 am
char, I haven't regretted spending the money to become blue! I will do it again, just for the menu/shopping list feature!
Apr. 25, 2012 10:57 am
bd, can't imagine what I would do without checking in with the "peeps"! Can't wait to meet you in person!
Apr. 25, 2012 10:58 am
SHORECOOK, come over to my house anytime! Nothing like chatting over the kitchen table!
Apr. 25, 2012 11:50 am
So well said, Bibi! I love your reference to the giant kitchen table, I see it and there's a big coffeecake in the middle! Think I'll pull up a chair too.
Apr. 25, 2012 3:54 pm
Oh Bibi....you said it so perfectly. I have so many wonderful friends I have made right here on Allrecipes. I am on Maui right now.....but I am just an internet connection away from my AR friends and my recipes. Thanks for sharing.
Apr. 25, 2012 8:13 pm
Smooches to Wyattdogster and mauigirl! Blueberry or cinnamon coffee cake?
Apr. 27, 2012 8:54 am
Bibi-loved reading your blog. I love it here on AR. So many recipes and great blogs to read. I used to turn up my nose at recipes that weren't my own-until I joined AR. Now, I found AR and found a whole new world of wonderful recipes and great people.
Apr. 30, 2012 2:55 pm
Yes, Lela, I can't remember now how I cooked before AR! It's really nice reading what others think about a recipe, but it's mostly just nice to feel like I have some neighbors that are ready to talk when I am!
May 2, 2012 3:13 am
Hi, great blog. It's the "buzz" that does it for me above all others. It creates a special atmosphere and environment of "family" with all it's seasons. cheers
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About Me
My cooking experiences began in the 4th grade Conservation Club. Cooking and Sewing were classes for girls, and my mom agreed to teach them for me and a couple of friends. We began with a blond brownie sort of dessert. After I made it a few times, I began to experiment with the recipe. Mom was a no-recipe cook, and I do that, too, but I usually follow a new recipe the first time. Most of the time, I can tell by looking if we will like it. I have a husband, 2 sons, 1 granddaughter, and one ex-daughter-in-law. I was chosen to be an AllRecipes Allstar Ambassador in 2012, and I am so excited! I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog, "Sweet & Savory". The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, Bibi.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite thing to cook is dressing (I'm a Southern Gal) for holiday turkey. I never work from a recipe, but I just start sauteing and mixing, sampling as I go. By the time I think it's right for the oven, I've eaten a full serving of the raw mix!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have some heirloom recipes from both my grandmothers, my mother, and other family members. When I prepare them, I am remembering time in their kitchens.
My cooking triumphs
One year, we hosted my husband's office Christmas party in our home. I did the whole dinner for 24, and it was a huge success.
My cooking tragedies
My first try at making croissants was kind of embarrassing. The croissants were a success, but the house was a disaster, and of course, the guests were already there! The recipe said to bake them in a jelly roll pan, but I used a cookie sheet. As the butter in the croissants melted, it ran off the sheet and into the hot oven, smoking up the whole house! Was my face red ...
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