One of the surprises in Seattle was visiting the AllRecipes.com headquarters! (Disclosure: I received this trip as part of my work with Microsoft and Windows – opinions are my own) I have been a user of AllRecipes for years. We had a great time learning about tech related items and of course, food! We were welcomed with open arms and even received a small goodie bag!
They now also have tons of videos showing how to make recipes. I had not looked at these before, but I was really impressed with the ones they showed us at the event. Videos are a great way of learning certain techniques in cooking I think.
We did cook while we were there. First up was a Mojito – which I love – but it is not really on my list of great choices for my weight loss right now so I skipped this part. Next up was modifying a recipe for a Cherry FoldItUp to make an Apple FoldItUp instead. They demonstrated how to make the dough (ez pz) for us but then had several doughs prepared for all of us to use to save time. Then we mixed up the apples and goodies for the inside, folded it up, a little sprinkle of sugar and in the oven they went. I have to say my table’s (myself, Jennifer James of Mom Bloggers Club, Carrie McLaren of Carrie with Children, and Louise Bishop of MomStart) finished product looked gorgeous I thought.
While this looked so delicious, I did skip tasting this item also because of my current diet needs. Everyone else seemed to really love it – especially the dough! You could use any fruit you wanted in this recipe. And don’t worry, it is supposed to look “rustic” (aka kind of messy) so no perfect pie crust needed!
Our final dish was Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls and they were my favorite! These were fantastic and fairly healthy too. It was the first time I have used rice paper – it is stiff and then you put it in hot water for a few seconds and it becomes pliable. We filled it with shrimp, noodles, and herbs and rolled it up. There was also a very simple dipping sauce with peanuts in it. Aren’t they pretty? I have already bought ingredients to make these myself at home!
Here Carrie and I are enjoying tasting our spring roll creations. Yes, you can see I have my Windows Phone in hand as usual – it is possible to eat a spring roll and tweet at the same time in case you were wondering.
A huge thanks to the Windows Phone team and AllRecipes.com for this event. By the way, all of the photos in this post (except the 1st and last) were taken with my Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone!
Do you use AllRecipes site? What about their app on your Windows Phone or other device?