So what’s the big deal about Allrecipes.com?
Hmm. Gonna take a while to explain it I guess so I had better start from the beginning..
It was sometime in 1999 that I was online, looking for recipes of some kind. What exactly I was looking for I can’t remember. That was thirteen years ago and my memory is
not eidetic. :D I found allrecipes but at the time it was not actually called allrecipes. It was a bunch of linked sites, cakerecipes.com, cookierecipes.com, chickenrecipes.com
etc. I found lots of interesting recipes and kept coming back. In April of 2000, I finally created an account and made the sites a part of my day. I would come nearly every day to see the newest reviews, new recipes and read the
forums. I don’t remember what the boards were called at that time, but they sure were different than they were now. I remember I posted looking for a recipe that I still haven’t found called Giunduja Mousse Cake. The people on the boards were very nice and
posted some suggestions but I didn’t really stick around the boards. I am rather shy and the idea of interacting with strangers sort of freaked me out a little bit, I continued to hang around the site and collect recipes… most of them still unmade to this
A couple of years ago I ventured back into the recipe boards area and start answering questions for others. I gradually got to know a few people a little bit and stuck around
the area. It started to be a fun place to be and I learned a few things. One thing I didn’t want to do was submit a recipe. I mean, what if people thought they were terrible?
I didn’t know if I could take that sort of rejection! I liked my own cooking but I always thought some of the foods I made were a little odd and didn’t know if others would think they were good. I’ve never really eaten the traditional “American” diet.
What that really means, I am not sure but I do know anytime I mentioned cooking something to people, they would say “what is that” or “I’ve never made that before”. Even on the recipe boards, I felt like an oddball sometimes. I eventually got the nerve up
to post a few recipes and submit them for publication. I remember when my first recipe was published. Boy was I nervous!
Then a funny thing happened.. People actually tried them and seemed to like them. Well what do you know about that?
Then one day I got an email from allrecipes about their ambassador program. I was getting more and more into my cooking and thought it sounded like a fun thing to do. It
was the best decision I have made in a very long time. I have been having so much fun being an ambassador and it also has pushed me out of my cooking comfort zone quite a few times.
I think that’s a good thing as I am now a better and even more adventurous cook. As a result of the program, I have gotten to know some of the wonderful other cooks involved in the program, mostly those on the west coast It was so nice to meet people
who were as cuckoo about cooking as I was! Last year when I was hospitalized and operated on multiple times, all the west coasties came through with wonderful support and prayers and I am sure they helped me get through a very difficult
time. I am forever grateful to them.
So that’s my boring “How I came to Allrecipes and why I stayed story”. Nothing different or exciting than most but this place has changed my life… in only good ways. I am