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Livin' Life - One Spoonful At A Time

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May 13, 2012 7:15 pm 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2013 5:33 pm

My husband’s favorite cookies are chocolate chip and nothing else will do. He’ll eat others but they just don’t hold a candle to chocolate chip cookies in his book. Now imagine his surprise when I want to make some cookies and decide to add cocoa powder to the dough because it’s, well…..never mind. Let’s just say I was craving chocolate that day and a few chips just weren’t gonna cut it. His review of that recipe “They’re just ok. I like regular chocolate chip cookies better.” “I know hon!” And I can’t even think about getting a warm welcome out of a batch of white chocolate chip cookies with cranberries & pecans. They just won’t do either. Or how about Indonesia Pork for dinner instead of his favorite breaded pork chops I’ve made for years. “It’s just ok.” The look on his face was priceless when he tastes Lemon Chicken Pasta when we’re used to Chicken Piccata. “Don’t make this again.” I agreed. Not good at all! Not every recipe gets the thumbs down - we’ve found several keepers. Such as Awesome Red Wine Pot Roast, Sloppy Jo Sandwiches, Beef or Chicken Marinade, or Turkey and Black Bean Chili to name a few.

I, like most cooks, have several family favorite recipes that I turn to on a regular basis ranging from chili, lasagna, pork chops, meatloaf, chicken soup and roast beef. But that doesn’t stop me from getting in a food slump occasionally. That’s when I turn to Allrecipes.com.

I found Allrecipes.com about 13 years ago when one of those slumps had me stumped. I decided to search the internet for dinner ideas. I was instantly hooked. I eventually found my way to the exchange aka The Buzz now and wanted to be part of the “group”. I signed up for my account in 2001 and the rest is history. Hello, my name is Kelly and I am an addict!

I will be MIA but my husband doesn’t have to look too far - he’ll find me with drool running down my chin while staring at my computer screen with all the wonderful recipes to choose from on Allrecipes.com. I sure have gone through a lot of napkins. And I have kept the paper companies in business because my cupboard seems to be overflowing with printouts of Allrecpes.com recipes that I printed off with every intention of trying.

And if it weren’t for Allrecipes.com my pantry would be bare. Things I would never have dreamed of trying before have found their way onto my pantry shelves. Things such as steel cut oats, Kalamata Olives, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, basamati rice, orzo, hoisin sauce and quinoa to name a few. And my refrigerator has things like fresh lemons and limes, freshly grated parmesan cheese, feta cheese, hummus, and greek yogurt. Now all these new flavors and textures may not always be well received but we have found a few new favorites to add to the recipe rotation.

I have also gained a few new friends (and I’m sure a few new pounds) because of Allrecipes.com. I signed up for the Allstars program and have been participating since January and have been having so much fun. Trying recipes and products I wouldn’t dream of trying before, rating, reviewing and photographing them have been enjoyable for me. But I also enjoy the interaction with the people I have met in that program. Really great people with the same interests! Doesn’t get much better than that.

I have Allrecipes.com to thank for helping me break out of my shell and broaden my horizons in the kitchen. Here’s to you Allrecipes and peeps!

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com.

Here's to my Allrecipeeps!
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May 14, 2012 7:29 am
Here... Here! Nice blog!
Feb. 18, 2013 5:33 pm
She is definitely a wonderful cook!
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About Me
I live in a cozy ranch home in the country with my husband of 14 years and my two dogs, Smoky and Molly. I have one son who is 24 years old. I have lived Michigan my whole life. I love to cook and bake but I am limited on what I can make at home for the two of us because my husband doesn't like alot of vegies. I would love to try new things, but I can't eat it all by myself:) I work full time outside of the home. I am addicted to allrecipes.com and cookbooks and cooking magazines. You can usually find me reading my recipe books and if I am online, my husband knows I am drooling over recipes and nothing else!
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy cooking dinners and desserts. I would have to say my favorites to cook are lasagna and chicken dishes (like Chicken Marsala and Chicken Picatta). I also enjoy making cookies. I love trying new recipes and adding my own personality to them. I am addicted to putting my own spin on recipes I find here.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have always gone to our family's homes on the holidays, but I always cook a Thanksgiving dinner at home on one of the weekends surrounding Thanksgiving.
My cooking triumphs
I made the best fudge of my life. So creamy and not one bit of graininess. Watch out Mackinaw Island!
My cooking tragedies
I would have to say just recently. I had gotten a new stove with a broiler on the top portion of the oven. I had never used one of these before and I decided to broil steaks in December (2008). I pulled them out to check them and they were not quite done so my husband and I decided to put them back in for a few minutes. I was watching in amazement how the grease was popping up and fireballs were coming down. How dumb was I? Needless to say, right in front of my eyes, the grease on the broiler pan caught fire and it was quite a hectic couple moments in my kitchen that night. I can laugh now, but what was I thinking? Watching fireballs??!! Geez. Tough lessons learned.
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