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Allrecipes All Year! 
Jan. 14, 2012 8:58 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 12:15 pm
2012 is my year to intentionally do the things I enjoy.  I've found over the years that if I choose to wait, the time I invest in my interests simply disappears.  So, blogging will be one of them.  I have a personal blog (< ) that is currently in the process of being revamped if you're interested, and I'll try to post here regularly as well.  There's so much wonderful food to be experienced and this is a fabulous website to help introduce you to recipes that you may have been afraid of in the past (quinoa, anyone?).  When I got married 13 years ago, I knew nothing about preparing food--(my mother stopped cooking when I was around 9, I remember eating a lot of Hot Pockets growing up).  I also had a new husband who swore that no one would EVER be able to match his mother's cooking.  That was just the challenge I needed.  I discovered Allrecipes in 1999, became an 'official' member in 2001, and have since learned to cook anything that strikes my fancy.  I hope you enjoy as I blog about my escapades in finding, cooking, & sharing great food.
Here's a sneak peek into my visit to Allrecipes Headquarters last year:
The trademark orange reception area
AR's beautiful modern test kitchen & cafe area
Here's to Allrecipes, because we all have to eat!
Jan. 14, 2012 9:27 am
I look forward to reading your blogs. You are so right, time seems to slip away while we are waiting for the right time to do something we enjoy.
Jan. 14, 2012 9:29 am
Nice blog, JRB. How fun for you to have visited the Allrecipes headquarters. I'm with you on trying to do things for "me" this year.
Jan. 14, 2012 9:35 am
I grew up cooking, helping my mother as a toddler. By 5, I was making grilled cheese sandwiches and scrambled eggs. My first baking was breads. I'm still having a fun learning experience with new foods and ideas. I hope you stay excited with your journey about new foods and ideas!
Jan. 14, 2012 9:51 am
Hello! welcome to the blogging here on AR
Jan. 14, 2012 10:33 am
Well, I'm just jealous! (jk) You went to AR! I love the pic's and want to see more. Don't see how you keep up with two blogs. I couldn't keep up with one. I've been around off and on since 2002. Hasn't AR changed a lot over the years? Enjoy your cooking journey. I wish I had had something like AR to help me way back when!
Jan. 14, 2012 10:49 am
How cool! Skunkee, you just do one blog & copy it over here - it's really easy. Good way to get more traffic to your personal blog. Can't wait to see more jrbaker!
Jan. 14, 2012 11:20 am
I WANNA GO THERE! I think a bunch of us should fly to Seattle and storm the place. Seriously, this is a great idea for a blog - I can't wait to read more. I've been a member since 2003 and I've rarely looked at a cookbook since. Between AR and Food Network, I've learned most of what I know about cooking. I always had an interest as a kid, but my mother wasn't really that into teaching me the ropes. One summer when I had trouble getting a summer job, I started pouring through my mother's cookbooks and trying recipes, making dinner for the family. If I'd realized that culinary schools even existed then, I might have gone to one.
Jan. 14, 2012 11:30 am
Thanks y'all! My personal blog is being Madeover as we speak, so please disregard what it looks like now! I'm still playing with it ; ). I really enjoyed seeing the AR folks, it truly was the highlight of my trip!
Jan. 14, 2012 12:10 pm
Great blog!!! You should share more of your adventures with us! :)(:
Jan. 14, 2012 2:16 pm
I've been searching for recipes on AR since about 2000 and I'm embarassed to admit I never bothered to click on any of the tabs, so I had no idea about the Buzz or blogs until I finally became a member in 2009. I can have severe tunnel vision sometimes. I loved seeing the home of this great site - thanks for sharing your pictures.
Jan. 14, 2012 3:33 pm
I got a chance to visit AR in December with Mis7up...quite the place, isn't it? I don't know why I thought it would be much smaller, but, the offices were HUGE! Great people, too...I thoroughly enjoyed visiting. I'm glad you got the chance, too. Great post, JR!
Jan. 14, 2012 3:33 pm
I would love to take a road trip to AR! Would love to see more of your trip. Great blog!
Jan. 14, 2012 3:48 pm
Very nicely stated! I wonder how many have been on as long as you. I know Cindy Shivers has been on quite a while, too.
Jan. 14, 2012 4:24 pm
Great blog. The last time I saw the kitchen above (Dec.10,2011) it was filled with about 50 people (including moi) up to our buns in frosting and sprinkles......decorating Christmas cookies for the Cookies Across America. Great time had by all. That kitchen has a great view!
Jan. 16, 2012 12:15 pm
So envious ~ would love a visit to AR. Great Blog.
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I LOVE ALLRECIPES! Cooking is one of my passions, and the way I express appreciation and love for my family & friends. They all know me as "the cook" in our circle--if anyone needs a recipe, I'm the one they ask. I've traveled all over the country and love sampling regional foods. I tend to stay away from chain restaurants in favor of local ones, and enjoy the delicious variety each part of the country offers. Food photography is another favorite hobby of mine. I have 2 beautiful girls who like being in the kitchen with their Mama. Please find more of me and what I'm about on my blog:
My favorite things to cook
My absolute favorite recipes are clones from restaurants--it's so much fun to have people ask "did you really make this?" I also enjoy pastas, vegetable dishes, and creating lower fat, healthier recipes from those that aren't so healthy. Packing my two girls' lunchboxes every day is also a fun challenge--we like healthy and fun meals that focus on nutrition.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year for my daughters' birthdays, they get their favorite cake or cupcakes (it changes every year). We almost always have their parties at home. At Christmas, I love baking biscotti for gifts and myself; ).
My cooking triumphs
Each Christmas I host dinner for my family, and it's the one time during the year that I get to cook everything for them! I plan the menu for weeks-having a successful meal is the highlight of my year. Also, almost every New Year's Eve, I host a dinner for friends, and they get so excited about being invited--it's great to know that I can cook something they enjoy so much. Lastly, I have coworkers and a boss who LOVE to sample my latest creations! (They'll eat anything......)
My cooking tragedies
I can't make a good gravy. And I'm Southern! Also, I once froze bagged salad that was buy one get one free. I was only 20, and not very savvy about lettuce storage! I learned very quickly that you can't freeze lettuce.......
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