Finally! Yes, this has taken a while for me to write up, but please don’t think I didn’t read each and every one of your responses. Thank you so very much for taking the time to fill out the survey I posted more than a few weeks ago. I feel like it gave me a chance to get to know many of you a little better and I love that! Often when you are sitting behind a computer screen and typing on a keyboard to “talk" to people, it’s hard to make a connection. I love it when you all leave comments, ask questions and send emails. And this survey helped me get to know you even that much more.
I wanted to finally share a few highlights of the results and also to let you know a little about what that means! Now, if I don’t address a particular comment you left for me on the survey here, don’t think that means I didn’t hear you. I have taken every comment and suggestion and request into consideration and will keep them all in mind as I create content and recipes going forward. But today I will talk a little more in general terms about what you said as a group. Some of the results were expected, and some were surprising! I hope overall it helps me create what you all want to see here at Slow Cooker Gourmet!
- Most of you cook. A lot. The majority of you said you cook at home at least 5 nights a week and indicated that you get decent meals on the table or even more so, that you would consider yourself kinda gourmet! I love that! I struggle with cooking everyday sometimes so you all are kind of an inspiration and motivator to me.
- There weren't a lot of you who answered who cook for kids. You are mostly cooking for yourself and other adults. I was kind of surprised by this at first, since all the recipes I create are created for my family and I have kids. But then I got to thinking about it and it makes sense. I don’t focus a lot on talking about my kids here. This is kind of my space. And I don’t really cater my meals to my kids tastes. I create a variety of recipe that I invite them to try. My son is a great eater and loves most everything I make and my daughter usually complains. But I figure if I keep offering then eventually her tastes will open up and she will appreciate our meals. In the meantime, I just try to make each of their favorite meals from time to time.
- Your biggest cooking challenge is getting bored with the same meals. Well, count me in for this challenge! I love coming up with new and different recipes. I already have a pretty good selection if you search my blog and I can promise you that plenty more creative and delicious recipes are to come!
- Almost all of you said you’d love to see recipe roundups on the blog. Hopefully by now, you’ve all met Amy! She is my friend, neighbor and most importantly a fan of using her slow cooker! She is helping me out on several aspects of the blog and one is finding all kinds of delicious recipes we think you will like! She will be coming up with all kinds of delicious themes and rounding up only the best recipes so that you can find some good stuff for your slow cooker all in one spot!
- I left the question for what you DON’T like seeing here on the blog open ended and not surprising, got a lot of different answers. This help me because if I see a theme of what people don’t like, it helps me narrow down what you all like. The answers were really a little all over the board, so what I’d like to talk about is what I will be posting. And the short answer is, mostly recipes. That’s why you are here! What type of recipes? Mostly the same things I’ve been posting. I like to keep things approachable but not boring. I like to push the limits a bit and probably cater more towards those that like to to cook and like to get just a little fancy. Overall I try to keep the ingredient list simple and wholesome but may push you to try new things from time to time. I will try to include links for any harder to find items but I don’t want my recipes to be difficult to make. I do almost all of my shopping at Wal-Mart and will occasionally go to the supermarket chain to pick up something but that’s about it. I know some of you live in smaller towns and my not have a Wal-Mart grocery but my point is I don’t buy a ton of specialty stuff and many things are also available for a reasonable price on Amazon. I like creating extraordinary meals from ordinary ingredients, or at least that's what I hope to accomplish!