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Celebrating Life with Paula

Celebrating Allrecipes 
Apr. 17, 2012 9:53 pm 
Updated: Jun. 18, 2013 4:43 pm

I've been thinking lately about all the wonderful recipes I've gotten here at Allrecipes. Most of the foods I've cooked since joining in 2008 have come from this site.  Oh sure, I use the recipes passed down from my mother and grandmother, but I love the ones I've discovered here, too. I know they have been tried and tested by tons of other mothers and grandmothers.

I first discovered Allrecipes because I had bushels of apples a friend had given me. I wanted to make apple butter but didn't have a recipe. Somehow, I had heard of this site, so I started searching for a recipe and found All-Day Apple Butter. I followed the recipe exactly, and it turned out perfectly.  And I was hooked. I filled out my profile and that day began my "addiction." 

I regularly stalked other people's conversations, gleaning bits of wisdom, discovering the newest kitchen gadgets, and saving suggested recipes. I read the newly reviewed recipes each day and checked out the photos published. Soon my recipe box began to grow. I had a category for every possible food and even circumstance like "cooking with kids" and "cooking for two." I discovered new words like posole, mole, and carnitas. I learned about limoncello and marsala. I made my first homemade pizza crust and cinnamon rolls. Then at some point I got brave. I decided to ask a question on The Buzz (what was its name before?) and comment on others' questions. 

I made friends...with people I can't even put a face to. But when they express a sorrow, I am concerned for them. When they ask for prayer, I stop right then and pray for them. When they share a funny story, I laugh with them. But most of all, I marvel at how strong and brave and interesting these people are. I love their stories of where life has taken them and how many have made lemonade out of lemons. I love the fact that some of us are city bred through and through while others are country born and raised. Such different circumstances, yet one thing brings us together...our love for good food and preparing it. And everyone I've met is ready and willing to help the next person become a better cook.

I have 2694 recipes in my box, 409 reviews, 185 photos, and who knows how many friends. And, yes, I plan to keep on adding to those numbers.

Apr. 17, 2012 10:11 pm
Paula, thank you for your blog, WOW, that is a whole lot of reviews and pictures! I have some catching up to do
Apr. 17, 2012 10:36 pm
Paula, Nice blog. You said it very well and I agree. I am so glad that I found Allrecipes too in 2007. Wow you have lots of reviews, recipes and photos. I just start taking photos and do the reviews this year. Before I only came to the Buzz for questions now I am addicted to it. We have so many wonderful people here. Thanks for the blog.
Apr. 18, 2012 3:36 am
Paula, A friend of mine told me about this site. That was 2009. At first I used the search to find recipes. I did not know about the "buzz" til a couple of months. Then a year later I signed in! I didn't know I could do that. I thought I'd have to pay a fee in order to sign in. I love the "buzz". I did not know I could save recipes. I had been printing them out. I just love Allrecipes. Great site, great people to talk to, new recipes popping up. Glad you asked this question. Maybe you'll get a lot of response.
Apr. 18, 2012 5:33 am
I first came here in 2009 because it came up first when I Goggled recipe sites. I was struck by the selection of topics and found the site easy to navigate. When I visited the Buzz, I was blown away. All these people from all over the world and it was like having them in my kitchen talking to me. I still am in awe of the power of the AR Community as a support group. We are such a wonderful family!!
Apr. 18, 2012 5:34 am
Hi, my name is Sassyoldlady and I am an ARaddict. I was introduced to AR by a co-worker in the fall of 2008. We spent a lot of time discussing food at work, maybe that's why I got laid off LOL! We regularly supplied the guys with treats and potluck food. I loved looking at the revolving food porn. There was no voting pages back then. I found the RE during that time (Recipe Exchange, now the Buzz)and loved the fact peeps could 'talk' to each other and ask questions! After I was laid off I came here regularly and jumped into the buzz one day. I have 557 recipes(I regularly trim the fat), 429 pics, and 194 reviews. I am a supporting member even though it is a little pricey! And I have met in real life some wonderful new friends that I only knew here as online friends. Yes Virginia, these people are real!
Apr. 18, 2012 5:58 am
Interesting topic! Cant wait to see all the replies! I have been using the site since late in 2007. My family has "Family Cook Day" where we all choose a recipe (or create one) that we have never tried before. We do this for birthdays, some special days like Mother;s Day and other holidays. It is great fun! My son, who was 11 at the time, actually found AllRecipes searching up what he wanted to make for our cook day. Over the years we found many recipes but I never explored the site further than the recipe itself. Around January of 2010 my life was full caring for my mom and MIL. I was not making meals like I once did for my family. There was just NO time as the physical care of the mom's was so demanding. My MIL passed and I shifted some of that time onto making better meals for my family once again. I began to explore AR in more depth and I joined as a supporting member. I blogged a bit which tremendously helped me as I grieved my MIL's passing as well as the grief of my own mother's deterioration through Alzheimer's. AllRecipes was such a good thing for me through all of this. It refueled my desire to cook as well as my kids. They spent as much time on AR as I did! And best of all...Our family cook day's are once again back in full swing! AR also helped me through dietary changes in my family - my mom's nutrition was lacking as she wouldn't eat but a few things so it had to nutritionally pack a meaningful punch, I wanted more nutrition for us and less "store bought" items, DH is lactose intolerant so that was a huge learning experience and my daughter had what we once thought was a gluten issue. Her issue cleared up once I found AR and actually cooked real food once again and not the prepackaged stuff I depended on to get me from day to day while caring for the two moms. I am now making my own bread/baked goods, condiments, laundry and cleaning products and as much of everything else as I possibly can! AllRecipes had been a tremendous vehicle that has lead me to many kind and helpful folks on the Buzz that not only offered their knowledge of food but shared their own life experiences that also fed my heart and lifted my spirit. :)
Apr. 18, 2012 6:53 am
I found AR and RE/BUZZ in early 2005 while looking for a pear pie recipe. Sauver (under another name) and Coot were here then along with GRANNYLOOHOO, LADYJAYPEE and Kateypie. I may have KP's name spelled wrong but she was hilarious. Sure miss having her on the exchange. Lots of saved recipes and new favorites in these past years. Thanks for the blog.
Apr. 18, 2012 7:33 am
Hi Paula. I enjoyed reading your blog. I as you just stopped by occasionally to get a recipe. I retired recently to take care of my granddaughter. Now, I have time to cook and bake. So, I embarked on my journey to create a family cookbook. In October 2011, I joined AR to inspire me to work on the cookbook. Then, I discovered the recipe box, buzz, photos, and of course blogging. I haven't written many reviews though. All in all, AR buddies are inspiring, motivating, and so knowledgeable.
Apr. 18, 2012 7:51 am
hi paula! i found ar while my other in law stayed with us in last quarter of 2005, if i remember right.i could cook to my families tastes, but not her's. i did a google search then looking for cheap,nutritious recipes she could/ and would enjoy. she was on cumindeon, so no greens or salads and salt restrictions. i'm very southern, so that was a tough order to fill. mac and cheese,hotdogs...frozen dinners i hate. she lived on them. i got her to eat "real food," not everything, but she looked forward to, " what's for dinner?" i found the recipe exchange when i saw the tab and clicked on it out of curiosty. i saw folks were waiting to help asap. incredible!! dsng,now i can ask questions about possible subs, in recipes and get instant answers. the site is addictive. i've tried some awesome recipes that i would never consider. different ways to combine seemingly odd ingredients together and make something that knocks your socks off, the simple little tricks, the best appliance...pot and or pan, cutlery. just great immediate responses from folks with experience. i've been a supporting member for 3-4 yrs. i sometimes host a saturday night game with an ar. membership awarded. i have lost count of how many folks i've given memberships to. i held the 1st southern round-up last september and met folks from all over the unitied states there. we had a true blast. no one could stop laughing,eating,and finding out how very similar we were, even though we didn't know each other 5 minutes before we met faceto face. just a wonderful experience. the next southern round-up is set in september again this year. i know of at least 2 folks coming from miss. you will have a blast if you come.
Apr. 18, 2012 9:15 am
I too found AR a couple of years ago only to find out that I would succumb to the addiction. It is truly a community of “cooks without borders” that just simply amazes me. No other food/recipe site can compare to AR. In July of 2010, when I officially joined, I was blow away by the family atmosphere and commeradere of “the buzz”. Who would ever have thought that true friendships would be born on this site? I’m really looking forward to my first round up in May at Las Vegas. I often think I should change my profile from expert to intermediate after finding out there are so many cooks/chefs in the community that far exceed my humble experiences in cooking.
Apr. 18, 2012 9:39 am
Wow! I posted this late last night. I come back to check in this morning and discover 10 responses! How I've enjoyed reading all of your stories. You all have encouraged me that I'm not the only one addicted to AR. I like enablers...codependents...other addicts like myself :) But is it bad if we are providing good food for our families?
Apr. 18, 2012 9:39 am
Thank you, Sassy, for reminding me of The Buzz's former name - The Recipe Exchange. That was driving me crazy last night. Couldn't remember that to save my life!
Apr. 18, 2012 9:44 am
Gderr, I talked to my husband about possibly coming to the Southern RoundUp. He just doesn't get why I would want to spend time with a bunch of people I've never met. I'm definitely going to keep working on him!
Apr. 18, 2012 9:49 am
Bd.weld, I love that term "cooks without borders." AR truly is that place! I, too, have considered changing my cooking status from expert to intermediate. It depends on who I am comparing myself to. Very few of my friends actually cook! They eat out most every meal! To them, I am an expert! But when I compare myself to so many of these great AR people, I feel that I am just learning!
Apr. 18, 2012 11:52 am
paula just tell hubby we are a cult of cereal killers that roam the coast of northwest fla. eating good stuff and having fun. i'm sure he will understand...lol! folks flying in from all over...gonna be a whopper!
Apr. 18, 2012 12:46 pm
Hi, Paula! I enjoyed reading your post! I first joined AR a few days after I got married (July 2010). When I got married, I realized that I would be cooking meals every night (for the first time), and I was completely worried, because I had almost no cooking experience. (When I was younger, my mother always tried to get me to help in the kitchen to learn cooking/baking, but I never had an interest in it.) For the first few weeks, I served my unfortunate husband omelets and grilled cheese for dinners. :) I panicked and started to look online for recipes, and that is when I found AR through Google. Ever since, I have been using it almost daily to get ideas. It has been so helpful, and the AR community has been, as well. Now, people actually think I am a good cook (but much of the credit goes to AR), and I love cooking!
Apr. 18, 2012 1:11 pm
Lovely topic! I joined AR in 2010 and interestingly, it was my husband who found this site as he was always looking for a recipe to cook something... After I moved to the US, I had to learn to cook for the 2 of us (husband and I) and knowing nothing about cooking, I resorted to following recipes for dinner everyday. This site definitely helped me lots in building my cooking repertoire and the Buzz has enriched my cooking knowledge by leaps and bounds - every now and then, I realise that I actually know more about some cooking techniques/ingredient substitutions etc than relatives who have been cooking for decades! That speaks volume for the members who give such great advice on the Buzz! My first question on the Buzz was about my mexican rice being very hard and not fluffy... Think Baking Nana and some others responded and I never looked back since!
Apr. 18, 2012 1:13 pm
Wow Paula, That is such a sweet blog. I think that is great how you are considerate of others' needs on this site. I always enjoy reading your blog; you are so sweet and genuine. I just started to read blogs and comment, we (the husband and I) have written some reviews over the years, but I am not too much of a photographer. I just hope I can keep it up with the comments when our little guy gets here in July.
Apr. 18, 2012 1:18 pm
Wow, Paula, I can't match your numbers! You have managed to compile some pretty impressive stats. I like to repeat the good ones I find. It really pushes me to do a new recipe a week! Agree with you about the Buzz, it's a wonderful forum. Nice job!
Apr. 18, 2012 1:36 pm
Jacolyn, you are really blessed to have access to AR so early in your marriage. I really wish I had had AR back 38 years ago when I got married. But instead, I called my mother every day! Ha!
Apr. 18, 2012 1:55 pm
I don't know when I found AR! I was copying recipes for a while before joining in the New Year of 2008! Funny thing is, I thought I had enough recipes already, so I told myself I'd be off of AR in about a year. I guess I have learned a thing or two in all that time. I'm still collecting recipes, too! My box has 10,300+ recipes now, and I'm still finding new ones that I'd like to try or tweak!
Apr. 18, 2012 2:25 pm
Ding, ding, ding! Sueb, you win the prize. I had to go look just to see for myself how many recipes, reviews, and photos you have. Girl, you have been busy! And I know you have enjoyed every second of it.
Apr. 18, 2012 2:27 pm
Nice blog, Paula! I checked out recipes on Allrecipes for several years before joining. Our Internet connection at home was poor, but I could get on at work. One night in 2004 I needed to print a recipe so I could drop by the store in the morning and go home to make it to bring to work the next night, so I decided to start a Recipe Box. I continued to get on intermittantly, including the Recipe Exchange. Then in December of 2008, I was sick for several weeks-couldn't even walk across a room without help. I began reading the Recipe Exchange and responding to some of the questions/comments. It only took a few weeks to become hopelessly addicted. It was longer before I "fit in"-it was a much different place then-but this is a community of friends now. I've loved recipes all my life-started my recipe box as a third grader-and it's always great to find something new to prepare that the family enjoys. I've learned more than I ever could have by reading hundreds of cookbooks (which I've done) and have learned about cuisines that I'll never experience in my part of the country. I'm grateful for finding the Buzz, even though I actually cook less than I ever have. I start every morning that I can with a cup of coffee and The Buzz-it really gives a good start to my day.
Apr. 18, 2012 2:33 pm
Paula, I hear you about the hubby. It took some convincing to mine to get him to agree to go to our first get together here. But, he loves me and I don't ask him for much LOL! He's always dragging me off to meet people I don't know. He went and had the best time! It was only him and SWchefs hubby, but the two of them enjoyed each other and the rest of us ladies. You could meet some lifelong friends! We are working on our 3rd bash here this year. Cindylepp comes to ours since she was a former Ohioan, and she goes to the one in Florida too!
Apr. 18, 2012 2:47 pm
Great topic Paula, fun to read all the responses. I had to go and look up my stats after you posted yours. I became a member in back Oct. 2006, and my first review was in Nov. 2006. I made and reviewed recipes for about four years, never exploring further around the website. It wasn't until last January 2011 that discovered there was a buzz, blogs and that I could even make my own recipe box. I just topped 1000 recipes this year in my very organized recipe box, I've reviewed 330 over the past five and half years but sure I've made more than that. Best of all, I've made new friends on here and enjoy chit chatting with them each morning over coffee. Can't wait to meet some in person. However I stumbled upon this site, I'm just glad I did.
Apr. 18, 2012 3:24 pm
I am fairly new to AR. Found this site while looking for healthy recipes to make ( although, I still love those not-so-healthy desserts ). Since that time, I have discovered not only wonderful recipes; but the warmth and compassion that many on here have. It is truly amazing to me that everyone is so willing to help with whatever situation arises, whether it be a cooking question or a life experience. I would like to thank all of you for being such a wonderful group!!
Apr. 18, 2012 4:39 pm
Thank you all so much for responding to this blog post! I'm loving hearing all your stories of how you came to this place! I'm sensing several themes over and over: there are recipes here for whatever your need is, there is opportunity to learn and improve our cooking skills, and the people here are the greatest!
Apr. 18, 2012 4:57 pm
Great blog, Paula! I saved my first recipe in 2004. I just spent the past two evenings culling... I'm 'down' to about 1,800. I figured a percentage of reviews to recipes. Sigh. I have a long way to go! There are only a handful that I've made but not reviewed.
Apr. 18, 2012 5:47 pm
I'm impressed that you managed to cull to 1800, Thisni! I periodicallly go through my RB, but it's getting harder to delete recipes. I tend to tweak, so I don't review a lot of the recipes.
Apr. 18, 2012 5:51 pm
Everyone has read my story about coming to AR and what it means to me but I have to say - You, Paula left your mark on the Buzz, at least for me, with you WW posts. I have never understood 'points' I was very impressed with your success. I referred many people to your posts. Good for you - you have left your mark on this community.
Apr. 18, 2012 5:56 pm
Great blog! I found Allrecipes in 2008 and I was a lurker for quite some time. I still am most of the time-you guys know so much more! My family has learned to accept my addiction and understand when I ask, “Is this a keeper?” My first recipe search was because I had too many zucchinis. My girls and I decided on Chocolate Zucchini Cake, we still laugh at how we tricked daddy (the zucchini hater) into eating so much zucchini! Allrecipes is to me a community of wonderfully helpful people who love good food and preparing it. They enjoy nourishing the people they love and care for. It is therefore not at all surprising that they are also there for a member who expresses sorrow or needs a little cheering up.
Apr. 18, 2012 6:26 pm
I honestly can't remember what got me hooked on AR or even the first time I visited. I'm impressed with those that can.
Apr. 18, 2012 6:40 pm
Love your blog Paula. I have to admit scooting by your WW entries cuz I need to get back on the WW wagon. Love the program.....but my bad LOL
Apr. 18, 2012 7:05 pm
great blog paula, i share many of the same thoughts, but i could not express them better than you. :-)
Apr. 19, 2012 7:51 am
I'm hooked, too, Paula. I discovered AR, I believe, in late 2005 when I moved to Wisconsin after I married. I signed up in 2006 and have never looked back. I've tried to keep my recipe box under control, but it just keeps growing! Now I just have to commit to making some of the delicious-sounding recipes I have saved. I know I'll find many more before that happens! I love to read about everyone's experiences and enjoy the diversity that's an inherent part of AR. It's a great place, and I feel like I am making some great friends. I love it.
Apr. 19, 2012 8:00 am
Great blog. I stumbled upon AllRecipes while searching online for recipes. It seemed that over and over again the top search items returned a link to an AR recipe. So after a while (and I'm talking years), I decided to join. Best Idea Ever! What a great place to hang out.
Apr. 19, 2012 10:22 pm
Really nice blog enjoyed it. I reviewed a few recipes in 2002 on my mom's computer under her info. I've also copied off loads of recipes for my personal use over the years (books). Now I have my own computer and keep returning. My Mother has instilled a love of cooking in me that will last a lifetime. AR has helped it grow tremendously. There's many wonderful people on here too and cooks!
Apr. 20, 2012 2:34 am
Hi Paula, I made some wonderful friends through AR - one of whom was instrumental in me starting my own blog outside of AR (blogs were not a part of AR back then!). I've been a member here since August 2004. Way back in the beginning - before I owned a laptop that I could carry to the kitchen, I supported the paper industry by printing out recipes galore! Glad you are here and have made wonderful friendships!
Apr. 20, 2012 11:28 am
Great blog Paula - I've been a member since 200 and have recipes printed out from 1998. I first stumbled across AR when it was still just www.cookierecipe.com
Apr. 20, 2012 3:14 pm
Hi Paula! We are so fortunate to have found this safe haven for cooks! We have forged very special friendship's with people from all over the world. We make a concerted effort to maintain these friendships with Round Ups, lunches, outings and utilize a plethora of communication devises. The love that is shared among us I will treasure forever! Thank you, Paula!
Apr. 20, 2012 4:12 pm
Great Blog, Paula! Member since 2008 and also have cookie recipes printed from 1998. So thankful I found it because I was so rural and so alone all day long when we moved to KY. I have made friends for Life here, lots that I have met and many I hope to meet soon!
Apr. 20, 2012 4:24 pm
Ooops, Member since Dec 2007! I know I was here at Thanksgiving 2007 but I should have checked when I actually signed up.
Apr. 20, 2012 6:15 pm
I used to play Bookworm online. It was my "alzheimer's prevention exercise." It was probably my first use for the internet. I played on AOL, and there was a chat attached to it. It's pretty quiet when I visit now, but it used to be pretty busy (the chat). One day, someone that I had chatted with the day before popped up on my computer screen and said "hello." I was SO puzzled! How on earth did she do that?! She was my first internet friend. We chatted on AOL and emailed for a long time. She taught this self-proclaimed "tech-dweeb" lots about the internet. She frequently mentioned AR, saying that she didn't know what she would do without it. Fast forward a couple years, and my partner, here at work asked what I make for breakfast. She felt she was in a rut . . . I remembered Jill mentioning AR, and came to browse breakfast recipes for her. Then I started browsing different types of recipes for me (= I printed many recipes over time. My son put them in a box labeled "Mom's Addiction," which led me to register and start my RB. I am not sure how long I used AR before I started clicking on different tabs and found the RE. I visited very rarely for quite a while. Then I lurked for quite a while. (Don't we all start out as lurkers?). One day someone asked a math question (converting a recipe), and I felt qualified to answer, so I did! Woo hoo! At some point, I asked about a couple beloved, lost recipes. Still haven't found one of them )= But, here I am, three-ish years later, with friends for life! People that I have met in person - and so many more that I want to meet! This site has been a real blessing! For finding recipes - and so much more!
Apr. 20, 2012 7:08 pm
And, where else can you go with a broken heart at three a.m and find comfort?
Apr. 20, 2012 10:03 pm
[I will say that I oft times feel like an imposter around some of the great cooks here. BUT I have learned so much, too!]
Apr. 20, 2012 10:06 pm
Like Sweet Candice said yesterday, "Food people are good people!"
Apr. 21, 2012 11:32 am
Great Blog Paula.
Apr. 22, 2012 6:20 pm
Great blog! I see myself reflected in your words!
Apr. 24, 2012 3:25 pm
Great blog! Amazing how much the site has changed and improved! I've been a member of this family since Oct 2008. It's nice to be adopted and with such a large family, everyone cooks!
Jun. 18, 2013 4:43 pm
Paula, I told buzzers when I joined that it was so nice to be in a community where I could ask questions and not be laughed at for not knowing whatever it was. One of my first threads was when I asked for advice on using the paste kind of soup base. It was past its exp date; was it ok to use? Someone got right back to me and told me she'd called the co. w/ my question! (They said toss it.)
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I'm a wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 6. I love to cook. I especially like to cook new and different recipes. I don't like to have the same meals week after week. My husband has decided it really doesn't matter whether he likes a new recipe or not because he won't see it again for a very long time anyway!
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I like to cook entrees and desserts. I like preparing good, down-to-earth cooking. I also decorate cakes, mostly for the grandchildren now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
My cooking triumphs
Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
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A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
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