General Buddy-Buddy Stuff
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General Buddy-Buddy Stuff
What is The Cooking Dish?
I started The Cooking Dish as a creative release from the mundane of daily living and work. I’ve always enjoyed experimentation, writing, and cooking–ends up that those three things make a pretty good combination for a blog. As part of that creative release, I like to post recipes, videos, reviews, and sometimes, just some completely random stuff. I also have a tendency to enjoy bizarre things as well. Check the “Kitchen Sink > Not for the Squeamish” category, and you’ll know what I mean.
Who writes for The Cooking Dish?
Just me, although I may invite others on occasion to share some of their knowledge with a guest post or something. If you’re interested in contributing as a guest author to my blog, feel free to send me an email for more information.
Are you on any social networking sites?
Sure thang, although I’m not addicted to any of them. I occasionally log in and chat with friends; however, I always try to announce any new happenings on my blog via facebook and twitter. You can become a fan of The Cooking Dish on Facebook here, a twitter follower here, and a YouTube subscriber here. You can also add me as a friend on Facebook if you want (click here). As long as you look like a normal person and not an axe murderer, the chances are I’ll accept your friend invitation.
So, who exactly are you?
I grew up lived in Star Valley, Wyoming from kid until college surrounded by the irresistible country kitchen and mountain aromas year round. In Star Valley, the winters are so cold that while standing outside waiting for the school bus I’d sniff to keep my nose from running and my nostrils would freeze together. Oh the memories. I graduated from college with a B.S. of Biology with an emphasis in Chemistry, Spanish, and Business. I am now using all of my scientific nerd-knowledge as a quality assurance engineer at a software company in Salt Lake City, Utah. As another interesting fact about me, after my freshman year at college, I moved to Guatemala, Central America for two years as a missionary for my church. Up until that point, my taste buds weren’t very cultured. Since then I can eat nearly anything and hardly wince–don’t make me prove it, please. Let’s see, among the “foods” I ate there: chicken head, beak and eyes attached; boiled giant river snail; pig and cow hooves and stomach; beans, lots and lots of beans; a number of other things where I figured it was best not to ask; and some of the best corn tortillas I’ve ever had. I still crave the beans and tortillas.
Are all the recipes on The Cooking Dish original creations?
It’s a fairly decent mix between original creations and recipes I’ve found on other blogs I follow and cooking books and magazines. If the recipe is not a Chris Mower original, I’ll always credit the source.
I like your stuff. Can I post it on my blog?
For the most part I’m pretty open about sharing my content, so if you feel the need to use my stuff, please make sure you credit it back to me. Remember that all original content on The Cooking Dish is copyrighted. Although I’m not extremely strict about it, I would appreciate it if you send me an email before filling your pickup with all my dirt.
Do you have product giveaways and where do you get the products you give out?
Yes, I occasionally have product giveaways, but because I purchase them all with my own personal money I don’t have them as often as I’d like–right now it’s typically about once a month. If I have a giveaway using a product I did not purchase, I’ll let you know who donated the item. If you want me to facilitate a product giveaway for you, send me an email and I’d be happy to work something out that benefits us both.
What do you think of aliens, zombies, and stuff?
They freak me out. Let’s change the subject. Why do people ask me that?
Do you have a favorite recipe?
Hmm… where do I begin on this one? I’m not sure if I have a favorite recipe, per say, but there are some recipes that I find myself going back to over and over again because they’re just so flippin’ good. I think a large part of having a favorite recipe is the nostalgia it harbors. Once I post those recipes on my blog, I’ll link to them.
What camera do you use?
Although I’d love to have a fancy schmancy DSLR camera, I don’t *sigh*. I’m using a simple point-and-shoot Canon Powershot SD300 camera, which gets the job done, it just lacks the suit and tie. I don’t have a tripod either, and because I do most of my cooking at night, I’m fairly lucky to get pictures that aren’t blurry. Truth is, I’d love to know more about photography and have a nice camera, but I’m a simple guy and what I have works for now. I have every intention of upgrading…someday.
What’s with your homemade videos?
Ha ha, that same camera that I talked about above has the capability to shoot a 2-minute video. When there’s nobody around to hold the camera for me (I don’t have a tripod) I hold it with my left hand while I try to work with my right. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Special compliments to my little girls who often provide the background noises. I put the intros together using iMovie.
What platform do you use to blog?
I’m using the self-hosted WordPress platform. So far, I’m liking it quite a bit and have found that it’s easily customized and is flexible.
I found a mistake or error on your site… do you want to know about it?
Well, somehow it doesn’t surprise me that you found an error. I’m usually a stickler when it comes to correct punctuation and syntax, etc., but I write a lot of my posts late at night or early in the morning before heading to work and don’t always have the time to edit them. Please, email me any errors you find and I’ll correct them if I can and if I agree with you.
I posted a comment but I don’t see it, what in the heck?
Before any posts display they have to be approved by a blog administrator, which so happens to be me. (Oh yeah! Feel the power!) I try to get to all comments within a 24-hour period, but sometimes I just don’t get around to it. Also, I consider my blog an extension of my home and personality, so if your comment is insulting, derogatory, vicious, blah blah blah, I wouldn’t count on it being approved. Or if I think you’re being a jerk, I wouldn’t count on it either. Lucky for you though, I’m fairly tolerant.
Why can’t I see the ‘My Current iTunes Music Track’ music widgets?
Chances are you probably have an Ad Blocker of some sort activated on your browser. Ad blockers have a tendency to block widgets that come from other sites. Try turning that off and see if it helps. Either that, or I deleted the widget on my online music service and forgot to take it off the blog… in which case, I apologize .
Advertising and Product Placement
Can I pay you to place a banner or ad on your site?
Sure, I prefer if they have to relate to my blog’s content (or promote a service I use) and not conflict with my views. Send me an email and we can discuss pricing and details.
Will you exchange links with me? What if I ask nicely?
I’m not completely against link exchange, but I’m not completely for it either. Currently I don’t have a place on my blog to add links to other blogs, but you’re more than welcome to link to my blog as long as your content is family appropriate. By the way, this policy may change at any given moment. If you have questions, send me an email.
Will you review one of my products?
I typically review products that I own or use regularly. I’m a minimalist of sorts, so my kitchen isn’t packed full of special baking pans and cooking utensils; however, I’m open to giving your product a chance. Maybe this minimalist will find out I can’t live without your product or special ingredient. Send me an email with your product information and we can discuss if a review would work out or not. I don’t post negative reviews unless there was something that really really really (did I say really?) bugs me. I don’t like negative criticism and I believe all the hard-working people out there deserve a fighting chance.