Here are answers to some commonly asked questions as well as some tips for getting the most out of this site.
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FAQ ABOUT ME
Why do you only call your husband and children by their nicknames?
For their privacy and to protect them. The internet can be a dangerous place so I try to play it safe.
Are those really their nicknames?
What part of the South do you live in?
I was born and bred in South Carolina and live here still today. I grew up in a little country town called Swansea and now live in the small city of Lexington.
What’s the hardest part? Cooking the food, writing the posts or the photography?
Photography! Hand’s down! Cooking is one of my greatest joys. If I could figure out a way to make a living standing in my kitchen cooking all day, I’d die a happy woman! And the writing comes so easy for me. I just imagine I’m telling a friend about cooking the dish and type the words that pop in my head. I think my photos (especially the older ones) are mediocre at best compared to the big-time bloggers out there. I’ll usually take anywhere from 50-100 pictures of each dish; trying different angles, backgrounds and lighting. Once I think I’ve done all I can do, I upload them to my computer and go through them all to hopefully find a few that are good enough to share.
Can I substitute brown rice or Minute Rice in this recipe?
Probably but I don’t know the adjustments for liquid or cooking times since I haven’t made it that way myself so I can’t tell you how to make those substitutions.
Can I use margarine instead of butter?
Maybe, maybe not. Margarine is emulsified oil and liquid which separates when heated which can totally ruin some recipes (especially baked goods). Better to play it safe and always use butter.
Can I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts?
I have many recipes for bone-in, skin-on thighs and legs as well as recipes that use whole chickens. If I think you could use breasts in one of these recipes instead of what I have listed, I'll make mention of it. If not, then I really don't think the recipe would be good using boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Do you mean salted or unsalted butter?
All of my recipes are created using real, salted butter.
I’m allergic to _______. What can I substitute for it in this recipe?
I’m really not sure. Many allergy websites provide lists of substitutions for common allergenic ingredients.
Can I make this in a crock pot?
In most cases I will notate alternative crock pot preparation if I have made the dish that way. If I haven't mentioned it then I haven't tried it.
Why don't your recipes say how many servings they make?
I seem to get asked this more and more. I've even gotten some not-so-nice emails and cookbook reviews about it. It has never occurred to me to give this information as it's nothing I ever look at when I read a recipe but I have been trying to include an estimation on new recipes going forward.
I cooked this recipe and it didn't turn out right. Why?
Each of the recipes on this site were made just as I have written and photographed them. Any variation in pan size, ingredient, prep and instruction can yield mixed results. I’m not going to lie to you. I promise. If you truly follow the recipe, your results will be like mine.
FAQ ABOUT THE BLOG
Why isn't there a photograph on the printable recipe? I like to have pictures with my recipes.
Well, guys, I haven't figured out how to do everything yet. I operate this blog on a teeny tiny budget so I can make it available to you for free. The printable version I have is the best I've been able to come up with so far that works with my blog format, budget and amount of time I have to devote to it.
Why can't I copy/paste the recipes or right-click to save the photos?
Both of these functions are disabled to try to prevent folks from unintentionally giving the farm away and to prevent intentional theft from Scraper Sites and Like-Farmers.
Websites and blogs that take food bloggers' photos and recipes and pass them off as their own. They are usually hosted overseas in countries that have no copyright laws or regulations. They post these recipes solely for the purpose of gaining ad revenue. They make money off our work. And that stinks.
How to spot a Scraper Site - If you ever click to a recipe from Pinterest or Facebook and the site seems odd or impersonal (recipe only - no story or article), it's likely a Scraper Site.
Facebook pages will use food photos with recipes to build their following. Food photographs with recipes copy/pasted gain "likes" faster than any type of media. There are two main reasons to "like-farm".
Firstly, there is a market for large Facebook pages; companies buy them all the time. People will use our content to build a huge following and then sell the page (and you!) to the highest bidder.
The second type of "like-farmer" is an independent sales consultant (think fiber pills, fat wraps, cookware, etc.) who builds a large following on Facebook in the hopes of gaining sales. They'll give you a dozen yummy recipes and then pop a sales pitch in hoping you'll buy their product. And since they're giving you our recipes instead of linking to the recipes on our blogs, you never make your way to us. We don't get credit, new fans or traffic. And that stinks.
How to spot a Like-Farmer - If a food photo has the recipe copy/pasted with it, it's a Like-Farmer page. A food blogger or authentic recipe site will never copy/paste the entire recipe with a Facebook photo. We will give you the photo and a link to the recipe on our blog. Traffic on our sites is how we offset the expenses of running it. We need traffic to keep the wheels turning.
And all of this is illegal. While you can't copyright a list of ingredients, the instructions and photos are absolutely protected by both the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and copyright law.
HUNGRY FOR SOMETHING?
I’d like to browse by category
If you want to see all of the recipes in a particular category, take a look at the RECIPE INDEX page to see all the recipes arranged by course or main ingredient.
I’ll know what I want when I see it
If you’re a visual person like me, you might enjoy browsing on the RECIPES BY PHOTO page where large thumbnails of the 200 most recent recipes are displayed. Easily click to the recipe by clicking on the picture.
I’m looking for something specific
If you’re looking for a specific recipe title or want to search by an ingredient or another key word, use the RECIPE SEARCH located on the sidebar at the right.
What are your best recipes?
The 'Top 10 of All Time' and 'Top 10 This Week' recipes are listed on the right sidebar toward the bottom.
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