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I heard about you and your site on the 2018 Special Sauce interview. I listened while in bed for 8 months with ME/CFS, on leave from Apple Inc. I’m out of bed now, recovering, and I continue to find so much inspiration, comfort, and hope in your story, your success, and the way you talk publicly about ME/CFS. Thank you! If you’re open to it I’d like to share more in private email. If not, know that you’ve helped me very much.
Thank you Amanda! I’m so glad you recovering. Please feel free to reach out to me via email. My email address is elise AT simplyrecipes DOT com.
You are my go to website for dinner ideas! I’ve yet to try a recipe I didn’t like.
Thanks for letting us know, Kim! Makes us happy to hear :)
Hi Elise! I have been following your blog since 2008. I was a fresh 21 year old, newly married and pregnant with our twin boys. We were living at the beach in North Carolina with no family near by to help. I knew how important laying the food foundation in our home was going to be. I started cooking recipe after recipe from your blog. Each one gave me confidence to keep cooking and my growing family was grateful for it. Now, 12 years later, my husband, our 11 year old twin boys and 8 year old daughter still request some of their favorites from your blog (your dads famous ratatouille with Italian sausage, spicy turkey burgers with slaw, the best baked ziti!). I finally read your story of how it all began on your blog after all this time. Thank you for all you do!!
Thank you Lily for your kind comment! I’m thrilled that the recipes have found a place in your home all these years. This is what cooking is all about right? Nourishing ourselves and the ones we love. Brava!
Hi ELISE! I am from Carmichael, I saw you, your parents live there. I came across simply recipes. I live in Texas and I am a pretty good cook! Can’t wait to try your recipes! My husband loves Swiss steak. I think that’s what I will make first….
Great Lisa, welcome to the site!
Hi Elise, I have used many of your recipes over the years and still do. Now I’m watching my carb intake. I’m interested in knowing if you and Hank have experimented with low carb recipes using coconut flour / almond flour and coconut sugar. Not necessarily Keto recipes but lower carb recipes. Thank you!
Hi Angela, thanks for your comment! I have not (yet) experimented with using coconut flour or almond flour and coconut sugar to lower the carb count of a recipe, and I don’t think Hank has either. Some of our other contributors may have, so perhaps one of them will chime in. My friend Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food has a great blog featuring recipes that use those ingredients and is focused on low carb cooking, if you want to check out another site.
Hello. I have just happened upon your blog in search of a lassi recipe. I’m so glad I found it, and you. What a painful and beautiful story of how this blog came to be. Thank you for sharing it and for the incredible gift of these recipes.
Thank you for your kind note Katie!
My husband has loved two crust lemon pie for a “100 years” ie., before he met me. I have never been able to find a good recipe. Perhaps you guys have one? Thank you
PS I have enjoyed every recipe that I have tried from simply recipes …!
Hi, Carmen! Emma here, managing editor. Great idea! We don’t have a pie like this currently, but I’ll add it to our list. Thanks!
My departed mother had a recipe which she called her Christmas fruitcake; only it was not a FRUITcake. I had nuts (lots of) and figs. The icing was almost a caramel with figs(lots of)and nuts. The recipe was lost when she died, and no one in the family can remember how to make it or has a recipe similar to it-can you possibly help me? Please let me know
I love your site!!
Hi Alice, what an interesting sounding fruitcake! I have not come across a recipe like this, but it sounds delicious.
Hi Alice, it will be a year since my grandmother passed away, so I understand. I feel sad to realize that some of our favorite recipes may become mere memories. I happened to see your comment and thought this cake might be similar to the one your mother made. It’s basically a fig “upside-down” cake, but you can add nuts before pouring in the batter.
Hi Elise. I’ve been following you since your blog was a website and before the app was available. I can’t think of any recipe of yours that I have not enjoyed. I do miss the old style, but it’s awesome that you are busy enough to need people to work with you.
Thanks for many of my favorite recipes.
Please switch back to the old layout. the new one is horrible!!
Also. the site was very personal back when you owned it. I understand it is difficult to run a website on your own, but the recipes posted by “contributors” simply do not have the sentiments attached to each recipe like you did.
I wish you all the best for the future and hope to see more recipes come from your kitchen.
A follower since 2009!
I recently turned a friend on to Simply Recipes after she tried your terrific Kale and Roasted Vegetable Soup. Now I’d like to send her the links for both your stunning remodel of your splendid home and your parents’ wonderful remodel and add-on.
Could you please provide the link for your parents’ remodel and add-on? Thanks!
Hi Martha, here you go! https://web.archive.org/web/20140709231511/http://www.simplyrecipes.com/kitchen_remodel_update/
I just wanted to write and say THANK YOU! Whenever I am looking for a certain recipe, I always search your website first. You have never let me down, and I trust your taste! (The Shrimp Fried Rice has become a weekly staple, try it with brown rice. So good!) But my big THANK YOU is for the fabulous banana bread and banana muffin recipes. Thanks to those, not only do I always have a use for the aging bananas on the counter, but I have a go to recipe that is sure to please. Because of your blog, my family, my roommates, my coworkers, my boyfriend’s family, and my boyfriend all think I’m some kind of wonder baker with my amazing banana bread recipe. All I do is follow yours word for word! So thank you, and best of luck as you continue with the blog.
Thank you thank you for this site. You bring together excellent recipes with the values that make cooking, sharing and eating so important in our lives. This site has become my most used (favorite) cooking enhancer.
Your photography and food styling is amazingly good. The site it beautiful and very artistic. It makes it a pleasure to visit here.
Hi Elise –
Thank you for the post (I’m a little late!). I love this blog, I always come here first for ideas and inspiration. Everything is catagorized in a straight forward manner and easy to find. I actually love that you have mostly savory dishes. I am not much of a baker, nor have a sweet tooth.
I’ve been battling health issues for the past 4 years or so, and with diet changes (no gluten or dairy) and surgery I’m now feeling much better and more like myself. I love that the ingredients in your recipes are easily available and that the recipes themselves are not complex. Makes it easy for me to make subs if needed. Sometimes I don’t follow the recipes exactly, but they ALWAYS inspire me to use combinations of ingredients and try new cooking techniques. I’ve learned a lot from this site!
Keep up the wonderful work!
I enjoyed soo much readying your post!
I come to this website once in a while to check for new ideas, even when I don´t have time to cook or some times while I didn´t even have a kitchen! Still all your recipes and comments put me in a good mood and water my mouth.
Last winter while I was spending some vacation time in Austin, Texas, I decided it was time to learn to cook, and finding your blog was like a miracle. Your recipes are soo easy to understand and follow (even for no native English speakers) and they always give amassing results. My favorite part is that you don´t use crazy weird ingredients, and I have done some of your recipes in a couple of countries already.
By the way, all the things my family ask me to cook again, I stole the recipe from your blog. Thanks. :)
Thanks so much. It’s wonderful to see the backstory to your life.
I use A TON of your recipes – when it’s not in a book on my shelf I’ve been turning to your website for a number of years now. I think your site is truly amazing, organized and totally fool-proof.
I’ve been with you since about 2005 now, and I’ve got ya on my RSS feeder.
It’s really nice to know that you’ve got such a great outlook about your life and are willing to share your love of it through good food and good company.
Thanks for such a great site. I just found you a few months ago, and am inspired by your story about how the site started. I really admire your positive spirit and fortitude! And I love the recipes!
We try to eat a lot of high fiber recipes in our house, and fruits & veggies, so those kinds of recipes are always welcome. Thanks!
Just wanted to jump on the bandwagon and say, “thank you.” I have been following you since elise.com and I used to read your marketing blog in the early days! Your recipe blog was my first food blog and I have become a much better cook (and eater!) and follower of many dozens of excellent food bloggers — many of them on your recommendation. However, simplyrecipes.com is usually my first stop. Thanks for your good work. Best to your parents.
Wishing you continued success!
Hi there – I loved reading this post and seeing a picture of your sweet parents who you write about so fondly! I came across your site almost exactly a year ago after I got married and started cooking for the first time. SimplyRecipes is a site I always go to first when I am attempting to plan out meals for the week or looking for something new to try. I am so thankful for your recipes and the way you write about cooking! I was so intimidated to start cooking in this new stage of life, and your site and meals helped turn it in to something I now love to do! Thank you!