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It's a Frenzy !! 
Jul. 2, 2012 8:43 pm 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012 8:56 pm

It is a disease, I tell you!  

An addiction! 

Yes, it is contagious.  


This feverish frenzy has infected the Western Region and is spreading like wild fire. 

AllRecipes needs to start a support group - 

online rehab..... something!  

This fever started quite innocently in Pennsylvania thanks to Pam-3BoysMama and her Formerly Faceless Blog, "So Many Recipes, So Little Time"  AR liked the idea so much that when they started the Brand Ambassador program in June of 2011 they often would ask us to do 3 faceless recipes.    The search for good faceless recipes began, three or four new recipes a month - sounds innocent enough, doesn't it?   HA!  

Like any addiction, it took on a life of it's own.  My thinking began to warp.  Soon I was looking for ONLY faceless recipes.  Why in the world would I made a recipe that already had a picture? 

Soon, the competitive part of my personality began to take over.  In January of 2012 I noticed pelicangal making and posting tons of faceless recipes - I tried in vain to keep up.  But she was good at this game and clicked off recipe after recipe leaving us in the dust, month after month.  

After a couple of months, others caught the bug - more and more were falling prey to the faceless fever.   

The month of June was pretty light on the required activities for the Ambassador program so I set about making a bunch of faceless recipes.  At some point during the month of June, Del Mar Girl said she wanted to make 60 FF recipes.  To an addict like me, that was a challenge that I gladly accepted!  

The fever was slowly but surely infecting more members - soon there was talk of a little competition.   Rather than each of us competing against one another we decided to attack those 7,000 + faceless recipes as a team.   


The date was set for July 1st. 

Shopping lists  

Forming a plan of attack.

Plotting, planning, strategy. 

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Waiting was torture.  Mind you, we had each other for support and I still had to make the faceless recipes to meet my self appointed goal of 60 for the month of June - that alone fed my addiction and kept the frenzy at bay.    

July 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM the  Faceless Frenzy began! 

9 Cooks + 9 different cities + 9  cameras =  152 recipes!  

We jumped into action. Within 24 hours we managed to make and photograph an amazing 152 recipes!    

Surprisingly, we managed to not bump into each other.  Nobody was allowed to "call dibs" on a recipe, although we did share with each other what we HOPED to make.  

I have asked each member of the Faceless Frenzy team to give me their favorite recipe of the event.  

First up is Mauigirl's favorite.

Melon, Mango and Avocado Salad.      

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  5 Stars

Absolutely Delish and refreshing!  Thanks for sharing!  Reviewed for First Faceless Frenzy Western AllStars 2012

Next up is DelMarGirl with 

Moroccan Spiced Sea Bass Ceviche

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5 Stars

This recipe is AWESOME, everyone and I mean EVERYONE loved it! The first time I did exactly as the recipe called and the second time I took a short cut out of necessity. If you absolutely don't have time or can't get all the ingredients, Gourmet Garden has a fabulous Moroccan spice blend. I started with that and added the other ingredients. Also, make sure you use good quality fresh seabass, a recipe is only going to be as good as the product! ps. I'm not a coconut fan, so I did leave that out. The citrus flavors in this are to die for. Make sure you use fresh lemon, lime and orange juice, worth the effort! Thank you for a great recipe!

Let me now introduce to you.....


with her favorite recipe.....

Coleslaw Crisp

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5 Stars

This was wonderful!  I am not suppose to eat raw veggies, per doctor so I was looking for something to help my coleslaw craving.  I used a different dressing on this, panko crumbs and left out the butter .... just sprayed with cooking spray (Pam) instead. I will make this often, thank you!  


vote goes to

Chef John's Creme Fraiche

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5 Stars

This is a marvelous recipe.  I could put it on almost any food in my fridge!  I found the correct cream at Trader Joe's, an organic one, and my buttermilk was by Knudsen.  I was going to make half a batch but went for the whole thing.  Am I ever glad!  This is better than sour cream!  Creme Fraiche doesn't have the same holding power as sour cream as far as consistency goes, and it's not quite as sour.  But delicious it is!  I highly recommend you try this!  Thank you Chef John.

And along comes a two-fer from


Anne's Homemade Chorizo

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 5 Stars

Excellent Recipe!  We will definitely make this again.  We are going camping in a couple of weeks and can't wait to try it on an open flame.  

Anna's Amazing Goulash

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 5 Stars 

This goulash was AMAZING... and don't skimp by using cheap beer.  I snuck one of my husband's micro IPAs to make was wonderful!  

Then along comes 


with her favorite

Salami Cream Cheese Rollups

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4 Stars  

These were pretty good, similar to something my husband said his grandma made when he was younger.  What she did was have another layer of cream cheese and a flour tortilla.  Sliced into coins and served on their sides like pinwheels.  I can see how her slight addition would push these over the edge.

 Along comes the person who always feeds my addiction.


All-Purpose Marinara 

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Daddy Mack's Oysters

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Then of course there is me....

Baking Nana

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5 Stars

These are some really spicy balls! They are really, really good.  Double the recipe or as Chef John says, 'Your guests might get teste! 

Spicy Orange Bison Balls 

No Baking Papa's and the rest of the 'Eaters" favorite.

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4 Stars from me 

5 Stars from the rest of the 'Eaters'

I made my own shortbread crust - added just a couple of tablespoons of powdered sugar to the cream cheese layer and sieved the glaze.  This was inhaled!  

And now for the drum roll, please!  

(Do you hear the theme from Rocky playing)


The woman who smacked this event out of the ballpark!

 KO'd this like it was a walk in the park!

Scored the winning Touch Down! 

The winner of the Orange Gloves ...

With a stunning 33 recipes

in 24 hours!  

 Cookin Up a Storm!   

Baked Pepperoni Dip

Baked Pepperoni Dip 

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 5 Stars 

You MUST MAKE THIS!   Soooo good.  Everyone loved it and it makes a huge batch so I dished it up before into 6oz ramekins and stuck it in the freezer.  Now I can make it anytime.  PS we used turkey pepperoni.  

Brownie Mix

Brownie Mix

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4 + Stars 

I was all prepared not to like these when I started making the actual brownies from the mix. They were way too dry and you really do have to add an additional egg. Then when I put them in the pan and let them bake a while, I was also not very happy. They seemed like they were not going to cook...almost like the oil was taking over and they were going to be way too fudgy. After a 40 minute cook time, they were ABSOLUTELY perfect. Literally the BEST brownie I have ever had. Lesson learned, don't give up when you think you've got an epic fail on your hands (but DO add the extra egg). This will be my go to brownie recipe from now on. I did this recipe as a part of the Western Region's Faceless Frenzy July 2012.

What a blast this was!  24 hours of food and fun!  

So tonight I am dragging my buns through this blog - hoping to include everyone.  I am not going to list the 150 recipes we did , I do want you to look through the photos of all these amazing cooks.  

What a team!  What a project!  

Happy Birthday AllRecipes!  

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Jul. 2, 2012 9:00 pm
Very nicely done, Baking Nana! Very nice. This was a great challenge! I loved doing this, and I loved my leftovers. Great fun, though I can't say that so much after the final cleaning up of my kitchen this morning! I don't want to do this next weekend, but in a month or so, I'll be ready again! Thanks for the nice blog about our challenge!
Jul. 2, 2012 9:09 pm
Thank you Marianne! I am so tired and still fighting the 'blogging issues' with formatting etc... it is a loosing battle. But I will plug threw this.....adding link etc...
Jul. 2, 2012 9:19 pm
Great blog.. and what fun this was. Everyone but my AR West folks thought I was nutso.. but who cares!! Some leftovers went in my freezer, but most were delivered today to hungry co-workers. The sweets were ALL gone in a couple hours! I am so glad you and DelMarGirl started baiting each other with faceless recipes! :)
Jul. 2, 2012 9:42 pm
Thank YOU Linda for your contribution and for your patience while I clean up this blog.
Jul. 2, 2012 9:59 pm
Sorry folk - I call it quits for tonight, 10: PM here and I am running on fumes. I will clean up the blog and add links etc... in the morning. Tomorrow is another day....
Jul. 2, 2012 10:31 pm
Thank you Penny for all this! What a great idea and it WAS so much fun, even my husband enjoyed it! He's already thinking of a theme for us to do for the next "faceless frenzy"! :)
Jul. 2, 2012 11:42 pm
Such a great blog Penny, you are so amazing and I love being on your team! All of the West is so awesome, I'm not sure how we all found each other, but we did! Thank you!!! XOXOXOX
Jul. 3, 2012 4:51 am
Ooooo Aaaaah! Those recipes looked excellent! Why don't I have neighbors like any of you? I'd be more than happy to do some sampling! Great blog!!
Jul. 3, 2012 5:25 am
Wow. I am in awe of you all. I can barely find time to pick up a camera these days. I am pretty sure that I still have a faceless recipe in my published recipes but now I am going to have to go check. Keep cooking & snapping away.
Jul. 3, 2012 6:36 am
Maria & DelMargirl thanks for your friendship and your contributions. It was a fun day.
Jul. 3, 2012 6:38 am
Good morning Cat. I had to invite the 'eaters' over to help consume all the food. They gladly obliged. Thanks for stopping in.
Jul. 3, 2012 8:24 am
BN: What an industrious group of cooks! Nice work!
Jul. 3, 2012 8:26 am
You ladies are amazing! Such beautiful pictures. You must have had lots of friends and family over to enjoy your creations. Thanks for letting us know what you all were up to.
Jul. 3, 2012 8:34 am
Sounds like a fun challenge! If I had the money and the time, I would join you! Good luck with the other Faceless Recipes!
Jul. 3, 2012 9:04 am
Looks like great fun! Sorry about the blogger blues.
Jul. 3, 2012 9:07 am
Thanks for satisfying my curiosity, BN! There were only a couple of hints, so I'm glad to find out what you all were up to!
Jul. 3, 2012 9:21 am
Nice blog BakingNana! It sure was a lot of fun! A definite addiction indeed! At the beginning, I thought I would only be able to do a handful of recipes, but I ended up doing 16! My husband would like to clarify...he thought the star recipe of the day was Healthier To Die For Blueberry Muffins. He especially loved the train of new recipes chugging along throughout the day! I had a hard time choosing a fave-almost everything was great! It was a good time!
Jul. 3, 2012 10:30 am
What a fun time! I hopped on AR just now to print off my Three Bean Salad recipe and just had to laugh! Why? Because I have print-offs laying all over my kitchen counter top making RIGHT THIS MINUTE for making my 4th of July dishes. I wonder how many other AR-ers do this? Great blog and good looking food. Happy 4th of July BN!
Jul. 3, 2012 10:44 am
Hi bikerfamily! We are a lot of very talented and energetic people in our group. It is nice to be surrounded by such positive energy!
Jul. 3, 2012 10:48 am
Marie C. I had to call in the 'eaters' to help with all this food. Actually, those teenagers cleared off many of my recipes in no time flat. Then another group showed up and I had to make another couple of recipes for them. It serves me right for issuing an open invitation.
Jul. 3, 2012 10:51 am
Jacolyn - we are thinking this might be a fun game to play with everyone. Using the ingredient search feature makes it pretty easy to find recipes using what you have in the house. Stay tuned - I will let you know when we do it again!
Jul. 3, 2012 10:54 am
Good morning bd.weld Gosh - blogging on AR can be a real challenge! I am very sorry for the messy blog. I am not proud of it and these fabulous cooks deserve a better looking blog than this. Thanks for stopping in!
Jul. 3, 2012 11:05 am
Hi Bibi :) We did keep quiet about this project - actually, we weren't sure if we could pull it off. Initially we were hoping to log 75 - 100 recipes so to hit 152 was really amazing. Hopefully we will be able to put together a 'joint' venture with the other regions and do even more!
Jul. 3, 2012 11:10 am
~lissa~ I had a hard time choosing a favorite too! There was a lot of good food that passed through the kitchen - that is for sure! As soon as one dish was complete the 'eaters' would shout "NEXT" LOL - it was a feeding frenzy. Thanks for your contributions - I can't wait to do it again.
Jul. 3, 2012 11:13 am
Hi Candice! Just so you know, I am officially a recipe hoarder! I don't usually print the recipes I am making but instead use the Kitchen View on my lap top. This time I printed them all because it was getting too confusing! I ended up leaving 10 planned recipes on the table. :( I plain ran out of time! I will eventually make them though. Have a great holiday!
Jul. 3, 2012 11:15 am
Well, shoot - I almost missed you Doug Matthews! Thanks for stopping in. You have a faceless recipe? REALLY???? hmmmm - I will have to go and comb through your recipes. Thanks for feeding my addiction. BTW - dust off that camera and join us. It certainly is a blast!
Jul. 3, 2012 11:24 am
I am putting together a Pinterest Board with all the pictures and recipes.
Jul. 3, 2012 11:39 am
Doug - your faceless recipe calls for Conch - sorry, buddy - no can do! Hopefully, someone with access to Conch will pick it up soon.
Jul. 3, 2012 12:15 pm
Well I wondered what was going the beans are out of the bag. That was a lot of cooking, shopping and photo taking for all of you. I'm lucky if I try one new recipe a week, which I've been trying to do this year. I have saved and even tried many of the recipes you all made. Happy 4th to all of you and thanks for all the wonderful food fotos and reviews.
Jul. 3, 2012 12:31 pm
Thanks Sherri. I know everyone was wondering about the flood of pics yesterday. I am sorry that someone decided to hack the voting and ruin the fun. You really need to re-submit your photograph. It is really good. You know, the plotting and planning was really fun. I am looking forward to the next time we do this. Thanks for stopping in.
Jul. 3, 2012 2:26 pm
They sound great, and I am probably being hopelessly dense, but how do I get the actual recipe. I clicked and clicked, could only get enlarged photo. I am especially interested in the sea bass ceviche.
Jul. 3, 2012 2:42 pm
BN - you rock! You know the only reason I was able to accomplish that was because I have the world's most helpful sous chef (and dishwasher). The whole thing was a blast, searching for and planning recipes, the shopping and the last minute menu changes. I did my tasks in 5 spurts beginning at 3 am Sunday baking wings and frying chicken livers before my first cup of coffee had hit the veins. I was pretty sure that when I sat down for breakfast (four faceless recipes by the way) that I might just be done for the day... But the Scarlet Kiss cocktail spurred me on. Once I got the idea of keeping a checklist for every recipe (make, photo, edit, upload, review, post to FB and Pinterest and the tweet), things went smoothly. I can't wait for our next one!!! You ladies are the absolute best friends a cooking fanatic cook have.
Jul. 3, 2012 2:43 pm
Covergirl - you are not dense. It is me and this AR blog program. I am going to try and 'fix' it but when I do it screws up the formatting even more! Let me get you the link to that recipe.
Jul. 3, 2012 2:44 pm
Jul. 3, 2012 3:15 pm
Cookin Up a Storm - you are a rock star! I can't imagine how you kept it all straight. We will definitely do this again and next time I am bringing in a serious sous chef and dishwasher and not just the 'eaters'. Thanks for your inspiration and talent!
Jul. 3, 2012 3:32 pm
Actually, I can imagine....I saw your spread sheet! Impressive!
Jul. 3, 2012 3:41 pm
What fun! Great job, Everybody!
Jul. 3, 2012 4:11 pm
Thanks Paula. It is really nice to be connected with such a great group of enthusiastic women. We are blessed.
Jul. 3, 2012 4:18 pm
Great job, BN! XOXO
Jul. 3, 2012 4:30 pm
Thanks Cindy! I know there was a lot of speculation about what the Western Region was up to. It was a labor of love, for sure.
Jul. 3, 2012 5:17 pm
Baking Nana-what a feat of a feast of wonderful recipes. I saw all the photos that were posted and thought-Wow! Baking Nana is cooking up a storm. She must of saved all these for a month to post. Then, I saw a lot of photos that were posted from other people and wondered what is wrong with this site. HA! HA! Little did I know, it was one day of cooking! Refresh my memory-Baking Nana, Marianne, Maria, Cookin Up a Storm, Lissa and who else participated in this wonderful marathon of recipes? I enjoyed reading your blog. I have noticed since AR updated the site-I have had trouble posting photos, and when I write a blog there are those dad-nab-letters. So, I tried just writing a few lines and posting a photo and trying different fonts to see which font would get rid of the haunting letters. Your guess is as good as mine as what font is working these days.
Jul. 3, 2012 5:27 pm
Hi Lela - I am going to try a different font next time. There were nine of us. Cookin Up a Storm, Marianne, Mauigirl, ~lissa~ , LindaT. MariaTheSoaper, pelicangal, DelMarGirl and myself. I know the flood of pictures confused a lot of people. We posted at least 153 of the 229 recipes that day. :) Thanks for stopping in!
Jul. 3, 2012 6:10 pm
What a great blog and lots of great cooking and photos going on! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!Yoe are the best, Baking Nana and crew!
Jul. 3, 2012 6:13 pm
Thanks so much, SueC - I really wish I could have included all the recipes and all the links. That just wasn't going to happen. Thanks for stopping in - we appreciate your support!
Jul. 3, 2012 6:31 pm
You ladies are inspiring! Now I understand why I was suspiciously eyeing all the photos uploaded by Cooking up a Storm! I thought, who the heck makes all that stuff?? Awesome effort by all and really great photos too!
Jul. 3, 2012 6:45 pm
Wyattdogster - we were all up at the crack of dawn and I was still loading pics at midnight. I know our flood of recipe photo caused a lot of speculation. Next time, now that we know we can do this, we will give everyone a heads up and an advanced warning! I would like to do another blog on what worked and what didn't. It was an experience to remember!
Jul. 3, 2012 7:46 pm
Good grief, what a job you guys! I make a mess just trying to get 3 faceless recipes done at one time. Hehe, DH knows when it's AR recipe time, things just don't look too familiar on his plate.
Jul. 3, 2012 9:26 pm
Magnolia Blossom - NB Papa has stopped asking "Is think a recipe?" LOL - I know what he means... What slows me down is actually, following a recipe - it is so odd to me. Cookin Up a Storm and her sous chef are a good team. I don't have a sous chef - I have a willing eater!
Jul. 4, 2012 4:22 am
I'm sure that a lot of folks were wondering why in the world anyone would make that much food in one day, but the key to success (and not too many leftovers) was making scaled down portions of most of the recipes, making one recipe that was an ingredient in another and getting 90% of the prep done in advance. I am not a competitive person so the best part of the "challenge" for me was getting to participate with all these lovely ladies and chat with them throughout the day on their progress.
Jul. 4, 2012 7:30 am
What a challenge! What fun! And what beautiful photographs from all of you! You all are such an inspiration. This was such an enjoyable and interesting blog, Baking Nana. Looking forward to the next one about what worked and what didn't. The pictures remind me that I have much to learn about food photography. The composition of each of the photographs is just stunning. Great job to all who participated.
Jul. 4, 2012 9:03 am
Cookin Up A Storm - You certainly had a good plan! I too like to multi- purpose ingredients and I almost always find several recipes that use the same ingredients, which really helps. I have to work on a spread sheet though. :)
Jul. 4, 2012 9:07 am
Cookie Momster - Thanks for stopping in. It is amazing to me how much we have improved our photography skills since we started this program. As they say, practice - practice - practice. Plating is my weak suit or at least the hardest for me. Working on that! We are already plotting and planning the next challenge. :)
Jul. 8, 2012 2:24 pm
I love the blog Baking Nana! I am just now rested enough to pop back in. Thanks for challenging all of us. It was a blast!
Jul. 30, 2012 8:56 pm
Holy Cow BN!! It has been a BUSY summer for everyone! WTG LADIES/GENTS! I am totally impressed with the success of your ff friends! CONGRATULATIONS :):)
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Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site.
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I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
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Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
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