Moving Forward

I guess a blog post a month isn’t to to bad.  πŸ™‚  Only kidding.  It has been an interesting month.  Somewhere in May my 7 year old computer died.  It was sent off for examination and it was going to cost $300 to get it up and running.  Well instead of putting the money into a computer that could no longer be updated I opted to purchase a new one.  This post is being written on my new MacBook Air.  So far I’m loving it.

After replacing the computer it was Grandma Time.  My oldest granddaughter spent the first week of June with me.  She attended Aquarium Camp for the first time and fell in love with it.  She was making plans to attend next year after the first day.  The second week of June was spent recovering from the first week and catching up on things around the house.

As some of you may be aware, a little over 10 years ago I found a wonderful recipe site.  Initially I stumbled onto it in the summer of 2003 when I was looking for a Peach Cobbler recipe.  This was during my glutinous eating days.  In the spring of 2004 I once again found myself on the site while looking for a soup recipe.  Eric was going to have shoulder surgery and I was looking for a soup recipe to make in the crock-pot so that dinner would be ready when we got home.  That turned out to be a turning point in my cooking experience.

Hubby’s shoulder surgery turned out to be more complicated than expected and he ended up spending a night in the hospital.  When I got home the night of the surgery I walked into the house with the tempting aroma of split pea soup.  The soup was a hit and even delicious warmed up in the days to come.  

The site I had found was called Recipezaar.  I was home from work with Hubby a few days while he recovered and I returned to the site and somewhere during that time I joined.  This was my first on-line experience and I was somewhat reluctant.  When joining I had to select a user name.  I grew up in the south and as anyone from the south knows a person almost always has 2 first names.  I took my first name Paula and added the first letter of my middle name to the end.  This resulted in PaulaG.  The site referred to everyone as Chef.  Chef PaulaG came into existence.

If anyone would have told me that what I was getting into I wouldn’t have believed it.  Recipezaar turned out to be more than a cooking site.  It truly was an on-line community of friendship.  Over the years I spent many long hours on the site chatting, playing games and yes cooking.  I also had the wonderful pleasure of meeting in person many of the people I meet on-line.  There was Kim D, PanNan, Longhorn Mama, Bayhill, Sharon123, NcMystershopper and many many more. 

In 2007 Recipezaar was purchased by Scripps.  In May 2010 Scripps announced that the name of the site was being changed to  There have been many changes along the way.  Some good and some…well let’s just say I was hanging in.  A lot of the people I befriended on the site moved on.  I stayed in touch with some through Facebook and other social media sites.  The biggest draw that Recipezaar had for me was the community.  When the name change announcement was made Scripps said

We are a site that, at its core, is about two things: Food and community interaction. What better way to embody that spirit β€” our people and the conversations they’re having around food β€” than with a name that says it all? is that name. It’s who we are β€” we’re Food + Com(mmunity).

Earlier this month the community interaction was “broken” and as I write is not operational.  The loss of the community is sad.  It came to mean a lot to so many people.  It was a great place to gather and discuss recipes and life events.  It was also a great place to keep cooking alive and exciting through tag games and ZWT (Zaar World Tour).   On the Happenings Blog for  an update was done mid-month.

UPDATE 6/16/14 – The forums are still broken and we unfortunately have not been able to get them back up and running despite best efforts. An additional update will be posted here once we have a better idea of what to do going forward, in the event we are unable to fix the forums 100%. We understand this is frustrating, but unfortunately outside of an immediate fix, the best we can advise is to sit tight while the outage is investigated further.  -The Team

As of today the forums are still down.  I don’t know what the future holds for our beloved forums but there is a new place in town, or should I say on the internet, where we can once again come together for Food Friends and Fun Forum.  

Come on over, pour yourself a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and visit awhile.  We would love to have you join in the conversation.  


  1. Thank you much. I have been doing a blog off and on for a couple of years. Glad you enjoyed this post. Hope you come back and check it out frequently.

  2. Karen, that site was a home to many of us for a very long time. Some of us put in many hours and lots of hard work. It was very big part of my life. Thank you so much. Love ya

  3. I feel the same way you do about the loss of the forums, PaulaG! When I found Zaar, I was challenged to venture outside my comfort zone cooking-wise and tried many different recipes thanks to the encouragement on the forums. The friends I made there are friends today…. the (d)evolution into the food dot carp zoo is very sad…

    • There are a lot of people that are very sad today. Zaar was a great site and so many of us learned much. There is a new place coming soon that will also provide an opportunity for support and encouragement to home cooks.

    • Rita, so good to have you stopping by. Zaar was home for us for a very long time. We will all miss it. You are one of the special people I meet that helped me lots with new cooking adventures.

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