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Malika Bowling

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Happy Sunday, everyone! I've been tasked with handling the judging for a food festival this fall. Does anyone have a good resource for templates for food festival judging? We need something that shows rating for taste, appearance, etc. Just don't want to reinvent the wheel if I don't have to. Thanks! 
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Marcelle B.

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Finally having a chance to read and get familiar with this group. Lots of wonderful posts!  Thanks so much for the add!
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Kelly Bejelly

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Are you stuck in the free cycle?
Why Free is Bad or even better why Free is a Four Letter word!
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+Kelly Bejelly thanks for sharing. This was a good read. 
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Cheryl D Lee

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Recipe Roundup!

I am looking for recipes for next month's recipe roundups on Mom.me. I am looking for:

Mother's Day Brunch Ideas
Cocktails for Ladies who Brunch
Eggsceptional Meals (egg based meals like frittata, etc.)

Please send me a link at cheryllee[at]culinoir[dot]com

Thanks!
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yes it is +Cheryl D Lee and thanks for asking
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Luci Petlack

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Are any of your blogs (or do you have blog posts) that fit into the Low FODMAP Diet?
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My pleasure +Luci Petlack!
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I've been asking myself this question, and came across this 2013 post that helped answer the question...
As we've discussed previously in these pages, Foodgawker and Tastespotting (and indeed, all of the so-called food porn sites) seem to be at a real crossroads. During their heyday, an approved submissi
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Is it? I am not accessing it for long. I will try to be active on that. Thanks for letting me know +Nupur Mehra​
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Johan Johansen

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What inspired you to start blogging and what keeps you going?

I recently published my 100th blog post and in doing so realized that even 100 posts in, I'd never done a proper about me post/page. The post I ended up writing was entitled "Who are you and why do you blog?" (and for those interested, my somewhat lengthy answer is linked in my profile).

With such a diverse community, I thought it interesting to pass the question along :) We probably all have our different reasons. So if you're interested in playing along, I'd love to hear from you in a few lines or more: What made you decide to start a food blog? And what inspires you to keep going?
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Congratulations on the big 100!
My blog is still more of a hobby than a full time work since I'm working 40 hours a week and going to school. (If anyone has a working time-turner, please let me know.) Pintesting is where I test, review, and rate Pinterest Pins on a weighted 5-point scale on 5 criteria. It came about because the comments that might indicate the validity of a pins performance don't follow when you repin onto your own board. After a number of fails, the idea of Pintesting was born.
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Toni Dash (Boulder Locavore)
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Mobile responsiveness is a hot topic and I just read a few things in a different forum of interest. Google is beginning to penalize sites which aren't mobile friendly and just because a site is mobile responsive they might not meet the Google criteria.. To check if your site passes you can use this Google tool: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/. Some additional background: https://www.seroundtable.com/google-fix-mobile-usability-issues-found-on-19732.html
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Such a great tool! Thank you for the info, +Toni Dash​!
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The Flavor Bender

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I thought this article might be a great read for us! As Food Bloggers I guess we only mostly use our own pictures but still a good reminder! :)

http://ohmrstucker.com/hey-are-you-trying-to-get-sued/
Oh, my babies.  I'm here to tell you a harrowing tale.  Well, maybe not a harrowing tale, but notably painful, as my butt hurts from all the sitting and researching I've been doing on the subject o...
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Mother Rimmy

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I was looking through the Google+ blogging communities I belong to and left all of them but this one. They were all about self-promotion. This community truly strives to help each other. Something I completely appreciate.
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So True +Mother Rimmy , this community is very helpful especially to new bloggers like me:)
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Christine Lamb

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Hello! :-) Has anyone worked with Chobani? 
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Thank you everyone! 
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Cheryl D Lee

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Hi there,

I'm looking for recipes to share in round up posts on Mom.me.  I am looking for the following types of recipes:

Back to school lunch hacks
Back to school snacks
Too much homework dinners (fast and easy)
One dish meals
5 ingredient entrees
Summer stone fruit recipes
Cooling melon recipes
Summer soups 

If you would like to share any of your recipes, please send me a link to the recipe at cheryllee [at] culinoir [dot] com.
Please indicate which round up you are submitting your recipe for also.

Thank you!
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just emailed you a bunch of links
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Matthew Robinson

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Hi Everyone.  I hope everyone is well!  At The Culinary Exchange we are making plans to do some Blogger Spotlights.  We would like to highlight food bloggers who have expertise in the following cuisines - Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Polish, and Peruvian.  The activity will certainly include an interview all about the blogger and their understanding of their cuisine.  It could also include some recipe development collaborations, too. If you are an expert in one of these cuisines and are interested please let me know.  I would love to chat with you.  If you are not an expert but know someone who is  I would appreciate you passing the word on.  I appreciate your time with this and if you have any questions, let me know. 
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+Down Cakery Lane Hello.  Thanks for commenting!  I will have a look at your blog today.  Could you do some discussion about Peruvian Cuisine including what classic Peruvian desserts are?
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Kitchen Shaman

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I'm looking for recipe testers for my next e-cookbook. Does any one have  suggestions as to where I can find some quality testers? The biggest issue is that I cannot pay right now, but I can offer a couple free books. Any input would be awesome.
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I have done 3 recipes testing from Books. Feel free to send it to me. :) 
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Toni Dash (Boulder Locavore)
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The Google Mobile-Friendly Penalty Date of April 21 is coming up quickly!  Is your site ready?
Is your website prepared for April 21, 2015 when Google starts favoring web pages that are mobile-friendly and penalizing web pages that are not?
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Almost, +Toni Dash! I have 15,000 pages and 10,000 of them weren't mobile-friendly so I started converting them back in January. I haven't slept well over the past few months, but most of the important pages have been converted, and the ones that have are already shooting to the top of Google searches for both desktop AND mobile, which is interesting.  -Marc
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The Cozy Cook

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I'm currently DEVOURING this book- it's full of really great information- tips, tricks, everything about growing your blog. I bought it yesterday and absolutely love it so far. 
Starting a Blog: I want to start a blog, where do I start? Blogger vs. WordPress, Blog Design Tips, Creating a Fantastic About Me Page, Setting Up a Visual Index, Changing Your Blog Name and Why You Might Do It Writing Blog Posts: I created a blog! Now how do I write a blog post? Writing and Connecting with Your Readers, Copyright...Read More »
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+The Cozy Cook I have this ebook too - lots of good tips. :)
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This podcast is really worth your time... Thanks +Jeni Elliott and +Tsh Oxenreider for an excellent discussion!
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Jeni has great information for bloggers of all types :-)
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Stephanie Manley
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I am looking for Houston area bloggers.   If you are a blogger in the Houston area please let me know.  I have been sitting on houtonfoodbloggers.com for a couple of years, so I a am putting together a website that will link to your content. 
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Thank you.   I have a few folks located, but I know there are more Houston folks out there.
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Robin E. H. Ove

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I know you're all looking over your wonderful work for 2014 so you might consider submitting your work now to the IACP Digital Media Awards. If you've been blogging, working on your culinary video series, or cooking up a cool podcast this past year you are eligible. Open to members and non-members.  Want to win this year? Send your work our way by January 5th: http://bit.ly/1wsrVcI
International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a vibrant association of professionals representing all aspects of the culinary world. IACP connects culinary professionals with the people, places, and knowledge they need to succeed.
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suzy supnet

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Does anybody here submit their posts to healthy aperture? I am wondering about the "submit for syndication" button. I never click it, but I am wondering if there is any advantage to it. Thanks
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Thank you for the clarification. +David Crowley 
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