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by Meghann on May 19, 2009

If I were to describe my dream job it would have to involve Food, Writing, Eating, and Health.

Yes, I know I just described my blog as my dream job and if I could just get a few more thousand daily readers trust me I would 100% live off of this baby. But, sadly that is not the case.

Recently, however, I had the chance to conduct a phone interview with someone who truly has my dream job. Anne Cain, a Senior Food Editor for, is a registered dietician who spends her days sifting through the 35,000 recipes the website holds creating fresh, new content by categorizing and digging up recipes that are new again.


Anne took the time from her busy schedule to explain to me what is all about and how they keep healthy living in mind. is a recipe collection site that features thousand of recipes from their MyRecipes Network divisions, including the popular magazings Real Simple, Cooking Light, Southern Living, etc. Each division has its own dietician that checks all nutritional stats for each recipe and will over see the tagging of gluten-free, vegetarian, meat free, etc.

What I find most interesting about Anne’s job is the creativity involved with creating new content using the recipes on site. I happen to be on the mailing list and receive fresh new recipe ideas in my mail box every day. Those recipe ideas can come in the form of different categories such as their Seven Ways With…. Dinner Tonight….. 5 Ingredient Recipes…. etc. Anne’s job is to pair together recipes from the site to create these collections of recipes.

Anne believes the first step to cooking something healthy is to make sure your pantry is stocked full of healthy things that make for quick and easy meals such as whole wheat pasta, canned beans, and frozen vegetables. She states that is constantly striving to address people who are busy, so they don’t divert to fast food. The Quick & Easy Channel, 15 Minute Recipes, and Dinner Tonight are just a few of the efforts is taking to help those in a hurry. Proper freezing instructions can also be found online to help show how to store and package easy freezer meals.

Thank you so much Anne for informing me of all the great things going on at! It truly is a great resource site for easy, healthy meals and I am constantly searching for ideas of something new and fun to try.

Actually I have to thank for my dinner tonight.


After purchasing an eggplant at Publix this weekend, I had ideas of Eggplant Parmesean or just roasting it in the over, but after talking to Anne I decided to simply search eggplant and see what I got. Well, I got over 1000 different ideas of what to do with this lovely vegetable. Everything looked so good, I actually decided to split this eggplant into two separate ideas I got from the site.

For dinner tonight I went with Seafood Stuffed Eggplant.


The great thing about cooking from a recipe is your ability to make any changes you see fit. For this one I substitutes Scallops for the Shrimp and Tomato Sauce for the Beer.


The stuffed eggplant came out A-MA-ZING! I paired it with some Mary’s Gone Crackers for a nice crunch.

I realized it had been far too long since I had a nice bowl of Ice Cream so I dug into my freezer and decided to try the Coconut Ice Cream Turtle Mountain had sent me.


I had a 1/2 cup serving with a sprinkle of Chocolate is for Lovers Granola on top.


YUM! There was nice shreds of coconut interlaced through the ice cream. Another coconut milk ice cream winner. 🙂

At work this afternoon I had a serving of Yogurt Parfait Pie for my snack.


After staying in the fridge overnight, I believe the pie was even better today. I literally licked my container clean on this one. So glad, I still have 2 more servings left!

I also stole a mini Reeses from my supervisor’s chocolate stash.


Unfortunately the Reese was a little old and left a chalky taste in my mouth. Ewww…

Alright, time to try to watch the Gossip Girl season finale from last night. Can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about!

1 Adi ( May 19, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I loooove I use that site all the time. I’m glad I’m not the only one who licks the bowl clean and has no problem admitting it! 😉
Enjoy Gossip girls!

2 meg May 19, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I love too! Anne’s job would be so fun! Lovely dinner!

3 strivingforbalance May 19, 2009 at 7:37 pm

that is such an awesome job! .. I hope someday I can get a job like that. My major right now is culinary nutrition.

Dinner looks so good! (as always =] )

4 Pearl May 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm

ahh that DOES sound like a dream job!

5 Brandi May 19, 2009 at 7:47 pm

i love myrecipes! the stuffed eggplant looks awesome

6 Bec May 19, 2009 at 8:23 pm

I feaking love MYRECIPES.COM its such a great tool!

7 HelpMeghanRun May 19, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Man, that sounds like a dream job. 🙂 Glad you found a good recipe, I will be checking out more often now!

8 Tanya May 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Sounds like a fantastic job! What a coincidence, I just had the Coconut Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream and LOVED it!

9 Nicole May 19, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Gossip Girl was so good!!!!! I think you’ll love the episode.

10 bobbi May 19, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I love, I have an app on my Iphone that I use all the time!!!

11 Amandaa May 19, 2009 at 11:08 pm

your dinner looks awesomeeee! i love eggplant.

12 Sharon May 19, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Oh wow, totally love myrecipes!

13 Christina May 19, 2009 at 11:48 pm

What a fun job! I sometimes spend hours looking at recipes and just bookmarking everything that catches my eye. That’d be awesome to get paid for it!

14 Sarah May 20, 2009 at 12:10 am

I love and I love that they have vegetarian, vegan, 300 calorie or less, etc. pages. I hope it just continues to grow and grow so there are more recipes for me to eat!

15 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 20, 2009 at 5:58 am

My favorite thing about is that you can import your own recipes and they analyze the nutrition values!

16 Yasmin May 20, 2009 at 7:01 am

Oh my, oh my those snacks/desserts would be yummy in my tummy!

17 megan May 20, 2009 at 7:22 am

i’ve gotten so many good recipes from! I love that you can read all the ratings so you know you’re picking a good one!

18 Rose May 20, 2009 at 9:05 am

I love that site so much!

19 Jaclyn May 20, 2009 at 9:30 am

I have a question, and I swear I’m not intending to be a jerk or launch some “anti-blog” movement because I have a blog obsession, haha- but I’m just curious as to how you (and other bloggers) make money for blogging. Is is the advertising, or is it a company that pays you? What are the qualifications?

20 Meghann May 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Jaclyn – I don’t know why this comment would start a war. I have advertisers on my blog that pay me per so many hits. It’s no big deal and trust me its not a lot of money at all. lol

21 Jaclyn May 20, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I just didn’t want you to think I was one of “those” people that was going to bash/criticize you for getting the pluses that have come along with your blog (i.e. product samples/ kitchen eqpt). I don’t know if you’ve ever gotten any mean-spirited comments, but I’ve seen it happen on lots of other blogs.

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