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How I Met AllRecipes 
Apr. 24, 2012 7:28 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012 9:52 am
Wow!  I can't believe it has been 10 years since I first found  I joined in May 2002 after my sister referred me to this great cooking site with tons of recipes.  My AR profile name, Occasional Cooker, was accurate back then because I only cooked maybe once or twice a month. However, when I did cook I wanted to make a nice meal and used the website to find some special recipes.

For most of the 10 years I was a casual user only, using the web site to search recipes to cook for dinner.  I did not join in onine discussions or read articles.  I just wanted to find a good recipe for dinner.

When I finally made a turkey burger recipe that my beef loving husband raved about, I thought this was something to share.  So I decided to submit my first personal recipe for publication.  A year went by and I completely forgot about it.  Then about 1-1/2 years later I decided I wanted to make that recipe and I pulled it up and what?  It was no longer a personal recipe.  It was published!  I didn't even know it had been published.

The recipe also had a bunch of users who had written reviews and took some fantastic pictures. They referred to something called the recipe group.  I thought maybe it was some supper club, or recipe exchange group.  However, these people were from all different parts of the country and even some from Canada.  I wanted to ask a question about what was this recipe group everyone referred to.  I finally found the "buzz" on AR and asked the question.  Then several nice ladies, Scotdog, Sassy, Baker Bee, Baking Nana and others answered my question and introduced me to others online and invited me to participate on the buzz.  

Each week on the Buzz, users or "buzzers" vote for a recipe category and then a specific recipe for everyone to make and/or photograph.  The recipe has to have less than 10 reviews.  These wonderful folks make the recipe, review it, and sometimes photograph it to give it a "face."  This helps a recipe get noticed.

It is also fun to participate  on the buzz such as in the morning post of What's For Dinner?  I usually find some great recipes on that post.

If you haven't tried the buzz, head on over and see what everyone is buzzing about.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:33 pm
Thanks for posting. I am relatively a newbie (joined 7/10), and I have enjoyed reading all the blogs about how people heard about this site.
Apr. 24, 2012 7:54 pm
I love the Recipe Group! I haven't participated in it for a long time. But I miss it. I need more time!!
Apr. 24, 2012 8:55 pm
Hi Jacolyn, it is such a fun site. Check out the buzz for some great recipe recommendations and discussions.
Apr. 24, 2012 8:56 pm
rae, I know what you mean. I definitely need more time.
Apr. 25, 2012 9:52 am
Yes, I have been lurking (and occasionally posting) on the site since I joined. Everyone is so helpful!
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About Me
I am a working woman married to a wonderful man for over 20 years and mom to a yellow labrador retriever named Rosie. I took up cooking later in life to try to help my family to eat healthier.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook foods with lots of flavor which sometimes means spicy but not necessarily. I also like to use marinades to add flavor. We like Asian, Cajun, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Southern dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up the kids generally did not participate in the cooking. My father did much of the cooking. Therefore, it was a lot of meat and potatoes. He made some excellent Texas style BBQ such as brisket and barbecue chicken.
My cooking triumphs
I consider it a triumph if I can make a recipe healthier and delicious so my husband does not realize it is healthy. Some triumphs include my "Kickin' Turkey Burgers, Asian Lettuce Wraps, and Braised Balsamic Chicken from this site.
My cooking tragedies
I have made several attempts to make desserts, such as cake, healthier and have not had as much luck with many of these. Whole cakes have gone in the trash after only one serving.
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