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Feb. 14, 2013 8:02 am 
Updated: Mar. 12, 2013 8:54 am


Do you ever find yourself in a rut trying to plan out meals? Do you feel like you keep making the same thing over and over again? There are times that I feel the need to shake things up in the meal planning department so I go looking for "faceless" recipes. I must admit, I've had some good and not so good luck with the good out weighing the bad.

It was Pam-3BoysMama that got me hooked on searching for these. It was her that coined the term "faceless" and wrote incredible blogs that were animated and cleverly done by photographing, reviewing and turning faceless recipes into "formerly faceless" recipes . She posted some of my favorite blogs here on Allrecipes and I truly hope she resumes her blogs. 

I'm not trying to take up the roll of faceless blogs after her, nor could I ever do faceless blogs as well as her. I just want to say how much I enjoy finding faceless recipes and I want to thank her for my latest addiction on

I never really gave faceless recipes much of a thought until I read her blogs and began a search of them. While searching for faceless recipes I've definitely found some keepers.

            Here's one I truly gave a face to.

I have also found some interesting ones that are quite good such as these. (Actually Baking Nana directed me to this one). Can you tell I like spicy?

This month I've stumbled across a few more that were quite good and filed them under my TNT folder.

Skintastic Baked Potatoes

I honesty wasn't sure about this one when I made it but what a surprise. This recipe is addictive and even better the next day.

Pinto Beans With Mexican-Style Seasoning

My immediate thought when I saw this recipe was to make popcorn with the chipotle oil. Well, I did and wow, what a great batch of spicy popcorn. Definitely a keeper.

Homemade Chipotle Oil

It is my understanding that there are over 9,000 recipes that don't have faces and the list continues to grow. With the thought in mind of shaking up my meal planning, I'm still in search of recipes without a face and I'm looking forward to new found keepers.

Feb. 14, 2013 8:19 am
Your photos are beautiful! That crab mold sounds like it would be wonderful and I love a bit of heat with chocolate, much food, so little time!
Feb. 14, 2013 8:21 am
I just love your photos, bd. Very nice!
Feb. 14, 2013 8:23 am
BigShotsMom - Thank you. I did triple the chipotle in the cookies and they turned out perfect. The grand kids said they could barely taste the spiciness.
Feb. 14, 2013 8:27 am
Marianne - Thank you. I've been getting lucky with some of my photos.
Feb. 14, 2013 8:32 am
I really like your pics. I am on the hunt also for faceless. I like trying new things but family sometimes just want what they know so we compromise with a familiar ingredient and maybe add something new.
Feb. 14, 2013 8:32 am
bd . . . I've already found 6 'faceless' in my recipe box, and barely got started . . . are desserts fair game? Would it be easier if I posted as recipes in The Buzz or post here?
Feb. 14, 2013 8:38 am
Great photos bd. This quest to make and photo faceless recipes is quite addictive, isn't it? I find myself passing over recipes with pictures. Every now and then No Baking Papa will say, "Why don't you make _______?" Then I go on a quest to find a recipe that fits the bill and needs a face. I have found a lot of 'keepers' in the process. So many recipes, so little time!
Feb. 14, 2013 8:39 am
ibbz - Thank you. When I search for the faceless recipes I just look at the ingredients and get a pretty good idea whether it will work for us or not.
Feb. 14, 2013 8:43 am
ConkyJoe PRO - All faceless recipes are fair game including desserts. If you find a keeper it probably be better to post on the Buzz but please do let us here know too. Either way.
Feb. 14, 2013 8:45 am
These should keep you busy for a day or two . . .your photo of Mel's crab salad caught my attention, and that is some good stuff!! *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Feb. 14, 2013 8:51 am
Baking Nana - Thank you. Addicting, habit-forming and any other way we can call it, I'm hooked. I find myself making faceless recipes more often than recipes with high ratings that I have saved to folders and haven't tried yet.
Feb. 14, 2013 8:53 am
ConkyJoe PRO - Wow! Thank you. Off to check them out.
Feb. 14, 2013 8:59 am
Looks like Conky Joe should join the quest! :)
Feb. 14, 2013 9:03 am
Sooooo many recipes, so little time. Great photos, B.D.!
Feb. 14, 2013 9:05 am
Baking Nana - I agree! Wish they had a "like" to click on here.
Feb. 14, 2013 9:06 am
Bibi - Thank you. Now if we only had more time...
Feb. 14, 2013 9:21 am
I wish my camera skills were better. I'd volunteer to start plowing through the drifts of faceless recipes as an elven helper! What do you do when you come across a real stinker? I've always thought that if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything! :) I like your photographs too!
Feb. 14, 2013 9:34 am
Doc - I have come across a couple. I review all of them regardless. The last one that didn't work for me didn't cook up right and was raw in the middle. I kind of knew this going into it but I made it anyway per the recipe. I will make it again with adjustments and in my review I stated how I would do it. I haven't come across anything that I wouldn't say anything yet but I do pick and choose recipes that I think we would like. Practice on that camera!
Feb. 14, 2013 10:19 am
Brian, your photos make me do what they're supposed to do: head to the kitchen, and start cookin'. I, too, am always on the hunt for a new one that needs a photo, And, yeah, you occasionally run across one that is a bummer, but occasionally, you find one that is not only good, but INCREDIBLY good! I made one today that almost made me do a backflip in the kitchen, and I now am psyched to find the next one. Well done!
Feb. 14, 2013 10:26 am
lutzflcat - Thank you. Can I assume that the Mushroom and Ricotta Bruschetta caused that back flip? Your photo of the recipe is awesome.
Feb. 14, 2013 10:41 am
I am sure that by the time I finally get around to doing a faceless recipe from the 9000, they will all have faces and I will be looking at another 9000 faceless recipes to do. Great Pics !
Feb. 14, 2013 10:48 am
Doug Matthews - Thank you. Once you start it becomes addictive. I find that looking for faceless recipes has taken over my looking for popular recipes.
Feb. 14, 2013 11:13 am
Beautiful job bd. I agree with you on Pam's faceless blogs. She did some really clever stuff and she sure inspired many of us to get busy. I did faceless sushi this am for Valentine's Day and I discovered that I don't like sushi for breakfast :P
Feb. 14, 2013 11:25 am
mauigirl - Thank you. Yes, Pam did blog some gems. Don't think I've ever had sushi for breakfast. Your photo Sarah's Special Sushi is great.
Feb. 14, 2013 11:31 am
Your pictures are wonderful bd.weld, made me hungry,as bibi says so many recipes so little time.Happy hunting.
Feb. 14, 2013 11:40 am
manella - Thank you. Believe me, I'm a happy hunter and trying to make the most of my time.
Feb. 14, 2013 12:12 pm
Thanks to Conky Joe I snagged those Macadamia Clusters! Another one down!
Feb. 14, 2013 1:32 pm
Baking Nana - Way to go!
Feb. 15, 2013 6:37 am
Loved the crab photo! Maybe I should start looking at the faceless recipes when the "what's for dinner" slump hits looks like you have had good success with them!
Feb. 15, 2013 8:02 am
Cat Hill - Thank you. I've had great success with the faceless recipes I've found. Check in with us at the photo group for faceless fun.
Feb. 15, 2013 8:09 am
Well done! Your photo's are great. Your blog is wonderful. Will be trying to keep up with you!
Feb. 15, 2013 8:45 am
Five Boys One Mom - Thank you. Finding a good faceless recipe is fun.
Feb. 15, 2013 5:48 pm
Excellent pics, bd! I like hoe you keep them simple and colorful.
Feb. 15, 2013 7:49 pm
Beautiful photos bd! I especially love the potato photo!
Feb. 15, 2013 8:16 pm
Mike Harvey - Thank you. I'm a simple kind of guy.
Feb. 15, 2013 8:18 pm
Lela - Thank you. Your photo of the lemon cookies is one of my favorites. I wish I had your artistic forethought.
Feb. 16, 2013 5:17 am
Just waking up and all those bright beautiful photos is such a delight. I'm into trying new recipes and so many are faceless, but have to admit I made a faceless folder in my recipe box for those that I've saved that need a photo. I've so got to try that chipotle oil. Great Blog bd.
Feb. 16, 2013 12:48 pm
*Sherri* - Thank you. You won't be sorry if you make the chipotle oil.
Feb. 20, 2013 12:48 pm
Can anybody tell me if when it says "Steel Knife" that it is the type of mixing? I found a recipe for "Old Fashioned Shortcake Biscuits" and that is in the directions. I have been looking for a recipe for "Sheesecake Factory Chicken & Biscuits" but have had no success. I think I can figure out the rest, but their Biscuits were something I have not made before. Anybody help?
Feb. 20, 2013 12:49 pm
That should be CHEESECAKE....
Feb. 21, 2013 10:30 am
Can anyone please tell me how to keep lettuce fresh. thank you
Mar. 8, 2013 9:41 am
Great blog!
Mar. 12, 2013 8:54 am
Norm66 - Thank you.
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