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Is Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet Back? well, sort of…

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In 2009, I started my very first blog. It was about recipes that most I had collected from years of following my mom around our kitchen. It spanned into recipes that inspired me from other cooks or in foodie catalogs. I was even an affiliate of Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program for awhile. Basically, it’s like doing sponsor blog posts. I got to taste and/or cook with items before they hit the stores and write about my experience + I ran their ads on my blog. Many of my foodie friends were part of this program and we received a small commission for our efforts.

GUIG, Growing Up in Grace

It took a minute to come with an appropriate name, but I finally decided on “Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet” (shortened to ORMG). And that came about taking the simple dishes my mom cooked for us and tweaking and tailoring them as I grew up and started experimenting with other ingredients, especially herbs.

Scallop Potatoes topped with Herbs

I also did a cooking video series called “Welcome to my Kitchen” with my hubby and that was a LOT of fun! If you’re interested in watching these few episodes I did, click here. ORMG ran successfully from 2009 to 2012. Along the way, I met some awesome people who cooked, baked and most of us had Amazon aStores where we picked items to market for Amazon as affiliates. Amazon aStores retired in October 2017.

You might be wondering, why I’m telling this story. Well, much like scrapbooking… we do that to cherish special memories and even pass them down to the next generations. ORMG was the start of my love for blogging. From it, I started others like “Treats of Sweets”, “I Love Salads” and “Coffee and Cake“. Food blogging also allowed to transition to business blogging. It taught me so many skills and lessons. And though it came to an end, I didn’t want to lose all those wonderful recipes forever.

Salmon Fillets with Lemons and Veggies

GUIG is a wonderful outlet for me to use as a scrapbook album so to speak. Starting now and for the next few months or perhaps a year, I’ll be moving as many of my ORMG recipes here. You will have access to many of those dishes and desserts to try yourself. I’ve created a special page just for ORMG. And as I began moving recipes over, my face just lit up! It brought back so many wonderful memories. And with WordPress, I’m also able to offer a few extra tweaks to most of the recipes:

  • You can jump right to the recipe from the post.
  • Print the recipes to take with you when you grocery shop
  • You can interact with the recipe cards crossing off each ingredient as you shop

One hitch is you won’t be able to leave comments as these recipes were posted 11 to 12 years ago, however, you can always contact me should you have a question.

Also, the recipes were designed to cater to just about any type of cuisine, so you’ll find dishes for vegetarians, meat and seafood lovers and most are divided up by breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. You can also search if you’re looking for something specific.

I hope you’ll visit the ORMG page and even try some of those recipes. I think at least you’ll enjoy going back through those older posts!

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.