Welcome, fans, friends, and family! Whether you discovered me by watching MasterChef USA, HGTV, or The Rachael Ray Show, or if you’ve been a follower of my site across much of its 15-year existence, or stumbled across me more recently, you are very welcome here. I am humbled to have inherited an amazing fan community from around the world, and it’s a joy to share my unique life with them. So many have indicated strongly that they’d like to see me back on television. Whether or not I’m cut out for that world remains to be seen, but one thing’s for certain: networks are shy of putting reality TV “stars” on the screen unless they can prove that their audience continues to grow long after their “5 minutes” are over. It’s been almost 2 years since my last “5 minutes” and you all keep coming in ever increasing numbers, and for that, I am endlessly appreciative.
You can help me become a shoe-in personality by commenting on my posts and recipes (you can comment on almost everything on this whole site!), sharing your favorite blog posts and recipes with your friends on Facebook, and being as interactive with me on Facebook and Twitter as you can. The more you all comment and converse with me, the more excited a producer or network will be about me. And this new site is chock full of ways for you to share my content with your friends and interact with me. I am so grateful for the joy you’ve all brought into my life, and for sharing your stories and creativity with me!
I must thank Ozzie Bock, my wonderful fan in Arkansas, for coming to my rescue when I was at my wit’s end in getting this site live. And also to one of my dearest friends, Monty Taylor, who basically makes the internet work for all of us, and who also hosts my site. I must also recognize the free software community, who took the WordPress format and made it such that a blundering boob like me could (with help from Ozzie and Monty, of course) put up a website that can bring people together to celebrate life and food, without having to mortgage my house. Software is art, just like a perfect recipe, or a timeless painting. And those who work so hard to give it away for free are heroes in my book.