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Time to write another delicious memo! Mmm... memo.

"Why doesn't anyone make my recipe?!" 
May 10, 2011 8:16 am 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2011 10:24 am

Edit: The deadline for signing up has passed and the recipes have all been distributed, so I cannot take any more participants at this time. If all goes well though, another round at a later date is certainly not out of the question!

I think many of us have seen this question asked on the Buzz, right? (Though not as often as "how long does it take to become kitchen approved?"!) It's nice that we can add and share personal recipes, but let's face it, not nearly as many people find and make personal recipes compared to the number of people who find and make kitchen approved ones, and I think it's safe to say everyone likes a little feedback. Of course sometimes personal recipes do become quite popular when they recommended on the Buzz, but I'm sure many of us have quite a few lonely, unmade, unreviewed personal recipes sitting in our recipe boxes.

With this in mind, friends, I propose a new 'game' and am even willing to moderate it! What say you that we all agree to make and review someone else's personal recipe? The catch - you won't get to choose which one!

My proposition:

1. Everyone who wishes to participate can choose one of their personal recipes and let me know which one; everyone who wants their recipe made must also agree to make someone else's recipe.
2. I will randomly (or, nearly randomly - see the 'fine print') assign a personal recipe to all participants to make.
3. After giving everyone a certain amount of time to make their assigned recipe (maybe two weeks?), I'll post another blog with the results!

The Fine Print/Instructions:

1. If you want to participate, please let it be known here in the comments, and also send me an e-mail (alexandrahotham@gmail.com) with a link to your personal recipe that you want someone else to make.
2. In your e-mail, please also state if there's anything you are NOT willing to cook (e.g. no red meat, no desserts, etc) so that when I assign recipes I can give you one that you are able to cook/eat.
3. In choosing your own recipe that will be assigned to someone else, please pick one that has NO reviews so far.  Please also choose one that you think would appeal to most peoples' tastes (e.g. not too 'out there'), that doesn't have a huge list of ingredients that the person will have to buy especially for this recipe, etc.
4. When making the other person's recipe, try to stick to the recipe as written as much as possible - reducing the amount of salt or using low fat mayo is one thing, totally changing up all the ingredients is another!
5. Please be sure to review the recipe (and photograph, if you wish!)

*Addendum: After being asked by someone who wants to participate, I think Kitchen-Approved recipes (as long as they're your own) are okay too, as long as they have no or only a few reviews. So let's say then, that you can choose any recipe of yours that has, say, 10 or fewer reviews for someone else in this challenge to make. If anyone who has already e-mailed me with their recipe choice and now wishes to change it, that's fine, just send me another e-mail!

So if this sounds like a fun activity you'd like to be a part of, please join in! I'll respond to all e-mails I get to confirm you as a participant, and I'll make a list of participants here on this blog entry too. If I don't e-mail you back right away, don't worry - I can't access my gmail e-mail here at work, so you'll hear from me after 4 p.m. Eastern time when I get home!

Let the game begin..!

Heather C
Live, Laugh, Love, Cook (just making a recipe, not submitting one to be made)
Bobbie Susan
I [heart] all recipes
Love to cook

The deadline to sign up has passed and all participants have been assigned a recipe so I cannot take more participants at this time. Stay tuned for possibly another round in the future!
May 10, 2011 8:20 am
I'm in...however, I do not have ANY free time until close to the weekend. I'll email then if that's ok. If not, I can try it again another time.
May 10, 2011 8:27 am
Sure that's fine! No need to start it right away, will take a few days to gather participants anyway I think!
May 10, 2011 8:29 am
I'm on and off at different hours of the day. I'll make sure I mention your blog if I see someone looking for folks to try their recipe if that's ok??
May 10, 2011 8:33 am
Sounds fun! Good idea Alex!
May 10, 2011 8:39 am
Sure Linda, sounds good!
May 10, 2011 8:43 am
Alex- awesome idea!!! I am definitely in- I will shoot you an e-mail :)
May 10, 2011 9:23 am
Alex, I would love to "play" but I have the dumbest question. How do I submit a personal recipe? I have always droooled over everyone else's but never put my own up. Can you just tell me where to click?
May 10, 2011 9:29 am
Love this idea! I'm in :) (like the new blue you btw lol)
May 10, 2011 9:30 am
Sure thing jabberwocky - if you go into your recipe box, at the top of it (to the left of the recip box search feature), there is a drop down menu called Options - if you click on that, it will expand and give you the option to Add Personal Recipe. (along with Add Weblink and a couple of other things).
May 10, 2011 9:30 am
Thank you Jodi! I think blue looks good on me, lol
May 10, 2011 10:31 am
Got it, Alex - thanks! I'm going to add some recipes and count me in.
May 10, 2011 2:31 pm
Alex, I love it!!! I'll zip you off an e-mail, as long as the iwndow is about 2 wks to make the recipe
May 10, 2011 4:10 pm
I would love to join in and do this!!!
May 10, 2011 4:43 pm
February RN, yup there will be no rush to make the recipe you get!
May 10, 2011 4:51 pm
Jabberwokky, don't forget to send me an e-mail when you're ready with the link to the recipe of yours that you want someone else to make :)
May 10, 2011 5:01 pm
the only recipes that i have submitted on here are... well... for aquired tastes- but i would love to try someone else's recipe, review it, and photograph it! (if that is okay)...
May 10, 2011 5:05 pm
Sure LLLC - if we have someone who ends up not being able to make something I can re-assign their recipe to you, or maybe if someone wants to just suggest one for you.. or I can just assign you one of my recipes to make! lol. Shoot me an e-mail with any details on what you're not willing to make, if anything :)
May 10, 2011 5:07 pm
thanks! :D
May 10, 2011 5:08 pm
... my email isn't working! i didnt know until just now. is there another way?
May 10, 2011 5:19 pm
Just leave me a comment here then :)
May 10, 2011 5:20 pm
May 10, 2011 5:34 pm
I love this idea!! Way to go Alex! I will shoot you an email tomorrow :)
May 10, 2011 6:11 pm
i cant wait! :)
May 10, 2011 6:15 pm
Count me in. Thanks for doing this. Great idea.
May 10, 2011 6:58 pm
Great idea Alex, I only have one personal recipe but am always up for a good game!
May 10, 2011 10:27 pm
I'm in. Recipe on it's way.
May 11, 2011 5:43 am
sorry for the mix up Alex! honestly, it really doesn't matter what i make... as long as it is homemade! :)
May 11, 2011 6:17 am
Great, glad to see more joining in! I'm back at work now so will reply to your e-mails when I get home :)
May 11, 2011 1:50 pm
Ok everyone who has sent me an e-mail with their recipe selection so far is listed under participants up there in the blog entry. If you don't see your name there and you want to participate, send me an e-mail! I'll leave a couple more days for people to join in - let's say Saturday at 12 noon Eastern as a deadline to sign up!
May 11, 2011 7:35 pm
sorry for the "delay" of my email not working! i feel really bad... :(
May 11, 2011 8:43 pm
I think this is a great idea. I'll send you an email shortly. You really should plug this on the Buzz too.
May 12, 2011 3:31 am
nice idea!! I'll send u an email now :)
May 12, 2011 3:56 am
NO worries LLLC, I've got you down on the list! :)
May 12, 2011 6:05 am
I'm innnnnnnnnnnnn!
May 12, 2011 3:32 pm
Updated the participants list as per the e-mails I've received since last night. Still a couple of days to join in if you like! :)
May 12, 2011 8:52 pm
can hardly wait!
May 13, 2011 5:08 am
Ok I'm in! I really don't cook alot of Meat. But I am willing to try. I have dozzens of my own recipes and I'm Italian so this will be great! THanks Alex
May 13, 2011 5:54 am
What a clever idea! I'd love to join the fun but things have been a little too stressful around here lately. That and I just started putting recipes in my recipe box so there wouldn't be that much to chose from. Can't wait for the results blog. I bet it will be great!!
May 13, 2011 9:26 am
Is it too late to join? I just sent you an email Alex! :)
May 13, 2011 10:16 am
I hope it's not too late! Here's my link if it's not!
May 13, 2011 10:38 am
Nope, not too late! I'll take participants until Saturday!
May 13, 2011 12:55 pm
Ooooh! Me, too. I'll be right back!!
May 13, 2011 1:48 pm
I emailed a recipe to you. =]
May 13, 2011 2:31 pm
Awesome turn out for this game, I'm excited! The participant list has been updated again as per all e-mails I've received.. a couple others had commented here that they wanted to join, please send me an e-mail if you're still interested!! Deadline tomorrow at noon so we can get started :)
May 13, 2011 2:49 pm
Just sent you and email~!!!
May 13, 2011 2:51 pm
This sounds like fun. I just figured out how to create personal recipes the other day therefore have only a few, all of which were started via influences from AR kitchen approved recipes, each is credited in my recipe. Previously, I used the "notes" section in my recipe box to record changes and recreations to a K-A recipe. If this isn't limiting to the group, count me in. Sending email your way, thanks Alex!
May 13, 2011 2:56 pm
hey im looking for a quick and very simple dessert to show to my mom....im still learning and am willing to try some new things. my confidence in baking still isnt great just cause the few things ive made consist of cookies, brownies, lemonbars, and a couple cakes and pies....if you have any suggestions please let me know
May 13, 2011 2:56 pm
email is kevinmonroe101@yahoo.com
May 13, 2011 3:31 pm
Wizard, go up to the top of the page and click on the big button that says The Buzz - it's a forum for recommending recipes. Make a post there and a lot of awesome people will suggest recipes for you!
May 14, 2011 12:44 pm
i submitted a recipe a year ago and still nothing, that ok though they werent anything amazing, id love to help you all out though! i love quick, cheap recipes!
May 14, 2011 1:51 pm
I'd love to participate! I'm sending an email your way Alex, what a super idea.
May 14, 2011 4:47 pm
Alex..i hope im not too late i have just sent an email....but i am down under so i may not have made the deadline!!!
May 14, 2011 7:16 pm
Ok all recipes to be made have been e-mailed out! Thanks to everyone who signed up for the challenge, I'm super impressed with the turnout!
May 14, 2011 7:17 pm
@Live, Laugh, Love, Cook -- since I don't have your e-mail address, I'll post the one for you to make here: http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62656626/Nutella-Frosting-for-Brownies/Detail.aspx (I assigned you my recipe!) No strict deadline to finish the challenge, but let's try for the end of May! Just post here once you've made it so I can keep track of the progress of the game. Thanks!
May 14, 2011 8:04 pm
I'd love to join, however I don't want to give my e-mail address out :) I like to bake quick breads/desserts, but have no personal recipe to add to the game. I look forward to baking & reviewing! ~Bae
May 14, 2011 11:14 pm
If you do this again, I might be interested.
May 15, 2011 6:11 am
Yes, that would be great! Count me in, when you do another round! E-mail will be send to you in a Minute.
May 15, 2011 7:55 am
I'm willing, its good to be forced to try other things, to go outside the box. Give me a week and send me the challenge. Just need to get back 22nd May. Good idea. Thanks. Pookah
May 15, 2011 9:10 am
If anyone drops out, i would be happy to participate =)
May 15, 2011 10:04 am
Alex! Perfect! how did you know i was just looking at frosting recipes?! thank you sooooooo much!!!! :D
May 15, 2011 10:53 am
Hope you like it LLLC :)
May 15, 2011 10:55 am
Those who commented this morning - another round later is definitely a possibility, everything is going really well so far! :)
May 15, 2011 11:19 am
Hey Alex! I did not receive my e-mail from you...I even checked my spam. If you would try again! Looking forward to this! Thanks!
May 15, 2011 11:44 am
Sent to you again, mommyluvs2cook.. hopefully it worked! Let me know if you still don't receive it.
May 15, 2011 1:03 pm
Okay got it this time!! Recipe sounds delicious!!!
May 15, 2011 1:13 pm
Great! :)
May 15, 2011 4:28 pm
I would love to cook and review a recipe for the 'Game'. We love meat, desserts, sides, typical american faire, including venison (I have about 100# ground in my freezer right now...) Hook me up with something to try! swedemaiden@yahoo.com
May 15, 2011 4:33 pm
Ooo...I'm sad I saw this too late. If another round comes about, count me in!
May 16, 2011 1:03 am
All done, was yummy!
May 16, 2011 8:16 am
Alex- just jumping in this morning to say that the recipe I got assigned looks AMAZING- cannot WAIT to make it!!!
May 16, 2011 1:43 pm
Two people are finished their assigned recipes already, I'm impressed with the eagerness and speed! :)
May 16, 2011 2:51 pm
I would love to participate if anyone drops out!
May 16, 2011 3:06 pm
I would love to participate as well if there is a drop out.
May 16, 2011 8:23 pm
I will participate in round 2
May 16, 2011 8:34 pm
Great idea, Alex. Hope you are having fun with this. Looks like participants are.
May 17, 2011 4:05 pm
If anyone who is listed above on the participants list has NOT yet received an e-mail from me with the recipe assigned to you to make, please let me know! I sent them all out on Saturday, but a couple of people now have said they didn't get them, not sure what happened there, but hopefully it didn't happen with anyone else!
May 17, 2011 4:08 pm
I got mine. I am super excited about the recipe. It sounds yummy, and it's cheap ... doesn't get better than that. =]
May 17, 2011 4:23 pm
I would like to participate in the next round, if you're doing it again! Thanks so much :)
May 18, 2011 12:27 am
Hi Alex, I got my second recipe.. Thanx a lot.. I'm gonna try it out by the weekend.. I'll let u know how it goes.. :)
May 18, 2011 8:24 am
I made my assigned recipe last night- WOW. I would give it 6 stars if I could!!!
May 18, 2011 11:13 am
:) I'm glad people are pretty much liking the recipes they were given!
May 19, 2011 5:41 am
ive made the recipe (FANTASTIC)! and i'm going to review/submit a pic today! thanks! :D
May 19, 2011 6:26 am
oh yay I look forward to see your review/pic!! :)
May 19, 2011 3:46 pm
Alex, my recipe was good and it was fun! I would love to make another one from this group. Could you maybe post some of the submitted recipes so I could make another? If the participants are okay with it of course. You can post my recipe. I think some great recipes are going to come from this that some might not have found or tried otherwise. Thanks again for all your hard work on this!
May 19, 2011 4:25 pm
Yep I'm going to post them all for all to see when everyone's done their recipes, just to keep a little mystery for awhile :) There are some really tasty sounding ones that were submitted for this game!
May 21, 2011 6:56 pm
Alex, I am soooo sorry for the terrible picture of your beautiful frosting! if you do this again, i promise to take a better pic lol! :P
May 21, 2011 7:10 pm
lol it's a fine picture! :)
May 22, 2011 5:42 pm
Hi Alex, I made my assigned recipe for dinner this evening! Please include me in any future "games" you organize. This is so much fun, Thank you, thank you :-)
May 22, 2011 6:06 pm
Great thanks for letting me know, Wendie! We're making good progress on this!
May 23, 2011 4:11 am
Hi Alex - I made the recipe you gave me for this 'game' yesterday :) I sent you an email with some info on it, and a question - you can get back to me whenever is convenient for you!
May 23, 2011 3:59 pm
Just made mine for dinner! Emailed you and left a review and pics. Great recipe and great game! :)
May 23, 2011 10:02 pm
Hi Alex recipe has been made, photographed, and reviewed!!
May 24, 2011 8:50 am
Great, excellent progress is being made on this! :)
May 24, 2011 5:14 pm
I made my recipe tonight and left a pic and review! I enjoyed the game!
May 29, 2011 2:47 pm
I made mine today. Yummy! I also posted a pic and review.
May 29, 2011 4:31 pm
I just saw this post and it looks like fun! I missed the deadline but would be interested in the next go around. Enjoy!
May 29, 2011 5:29 pm
We're close to done this, girls and guys! Just a couple more to go and then I'll write up a 'results' blog of sorts :)
Jun. 2, 2011 7:30 pm
Looking forward to your blog Alex, can't wait to see what recipes were made. The one I made was outrageously good!
Jun. 3, 2011 4:59 am
I saw your pic of it, Wyattd, it looked awesome! Just waiting on a couple of slowpokes to finish up ;)
Jun. 14, 2011 9:23 am
Hi Alex, I really enjoyed this recipe exchange! I'm hoping to get to try some of the other recipes submitted, how is it going?
Jun. 14, 2011 10:24 am
We're VERY close to done, hopefully not much longer and then I'll post a new blog with all the recipes that were made!
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