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How I discovered Allrecipes.com (and why I stayed)

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I can’t remember how I found Allrecipes.com, but I became a member in 2006, although it seems much longer than that. I say this because it’s been such a fixture in my life that I can’t imagine what I would do without it. Long before I joined Facebook or MySpace, I discovered within Allrecipes.com a social network that is very similar to any of those we have today.

I remember my first rating. It was for Salmon and Swiss Chard Quiche (more like a frittata, really, since it was crustless). It made nice use of some leftover salmon I had. I LOVE salmon AND frittatas – what a wonderful combination! After putting that review up, I noticed that others had rated my review as helpful. It’s not like I needed validation, but it was nice to see that others felt my opinion was worthwhile. No one likes to think that his or her opinion doesn’t count, you know?

I added a photo to a formerly faceless recipe for the first time in 2008: Elegant Zucchini and Tomatoes. At the time, I didn’t have the best camera, but at least it put a “face” to the recipe. Someone has since put a much nicer photo on it.

Those little actions seemed to encourage me to continue interacting with the website. After that, many more reviews and photos have ensued. I’ve made friends and learned so many new things.

Some months after I joined Allrecipes, a co-worker at the company we worked for left to work for Allrecipes. Man, was I jealous! I didn’t have enough confidence in my skills at the time to try to gain employment there (it was Allrecipes!), but in retrospect, I wish I had. Not long after that I had decided to leave WA (not necessarily a mistake, but suffice to say that I miss Seattle desperately). Perhaps if I had gotten a job there, I might still be in Seattle today. Ah, hindsight is 20-20, isn’t it?

To those who think that ratings don’t count, you should try Allrecipes.com. Honest and fair ratings by people who have already used the recipes provide vital insight for cooks who have not used it before. I can tell you that ratings with details on how they changed or would have changes a recipe influences not only whether I will try a given recipe, but what strategies, substitutions or other tactics might work just as well or better.

I did well with a regular membership, but wondered if I could make use of the features that a Supporting Membership added. That question was answered for me in December of 2011, when a friend recommended that I try out to be an Allrecipes Allstar. I was thrilled when I was chosen to join the somewhat small group of folks who love cooking and represent Allrecipes.com! With that, I got a free Supporting Membership. I won’t go into the benefits here, but let’s just say that if I had to pay for it, I would! Don’t tell anyone, though! 😉

These last six years as an Allrecipes member have been enlightening, validating, enriching and lots of fun! If you haven’t joined Allrecipes yet, I heartily recommend that you at least sign up for the free membership. I think you’ll discover what I did and make Allrecipes.com your go-to place for creative cooking.

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ALLRECIPES DISCLAIMER

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and am not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from any advertisers are only used for experience-based reviews on My life with Noofs. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the blog author (Danielle Bingham) and are not reflected by Allrecipes.com, its advertisers or any other entity.

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Mission: Incomprehensible?

Heart shape made from spicesFebruary is the month for lovers, it is said. February also marks my second month of being an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador—a position that I embrace enthusiastically. After the assignments of January were checked off, I eagerly awaited February’s assignments with anticipation. The emails I receive from Allrecipes have a set of rules attached, so that when they come in, they show up front and center in my inbox.

I excitedly opened the email, and quickly scanned it to see what wonders it contained. At the top was the big and friendly Allrecipes Allstars logo, with a greeting below. As I quickly read the message, I noticed below another logo—for Fiber One®. My eyes stopped dead in their tracks. I cautiously continued, skepticism seeping into my brain. My first assignment involves the making of a recipe provided by Fiber One®–this one, to be exact. Okay—I can handle that. My second assignment is creating my own recipe using Fiber One® original bran cereal.

Whoa—not so sure about that one.

The good folks at Allrecipes and Fiber One® have kindly sent me two big 16.2 oz boxes of the cereal. This stuff isn’t cheap kiddie cereal, in case anyone has noticed. I priced it at around $4.50 a box at the local grocery store. (Tangent: I have a thing about buying good quality cereal as cheaply as possible. I mean it’s grain, for goshsakes! I will not buy any cereal when it’s at full price. Once it goes on sale, I will buy to my heart’s content—a recent experience will be another story for another time). So, I was very pleased to see two boxes arrive at my door today, gratis. I’ve never eaten Fiber One® original bran cereal, or ever in my life had anything that was even close to the 14 grams of fiber per serving this stuff has outside of fiber supplements.

The average American gets less than half of the fiber as he or she should. A diet high in fiber helps to manage one’s weight, normalizes the lower GI tract, lowers blood cholesterol and helps to regulate blood sugar. Fiber is a good thing. But, how can we get more in our bodies in a way that tastes great? Ah—that’s the challenge!

So, here I sit wondering what the heck I can make with Fiber One® original bran cereal. I’m told it can be anything from a dessert to an entrée and I can process the cereal in any way I want. I’m reaching out to you, dear readers, to help me devise a recipe in which I can use Fiber One® original bran cereal. Please use the comments form to send your ideas. Once I have an idea, I will create a recipe, then post it here, giving credit to the individual (or individuals) who gave me the inspiration.

Thanks, all! And remember: February is for hearts; fiber is for hearts, too. And healthy colons and blood sugar, and… well, I tried!

DISCLAIMER

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and am not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from any advertisers are only used for experience-based reviews on My life with Noofs. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the blog author (Danielle Bingham) and are not reflected by Allrecipes.com, its advertisers or any other entity.Allrecipes Allstars badge

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