Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Each online cooking group has its own rules. Some require that you bake or cook along a minimum number of times per month in order to remain a member.
Tuesdays With Dorie (http://tuesdayswithdorie.wordpress.com) and Sweet Melissa Sundays (http://sweetmelissasundays.wordpress.com) also require you to have your own blog so you can post reports of the items you've baked. For Daring Bakers/Daring Cooks (http://www.thedaringkitchen.com), you don't need to have a blog to participate. You can post your pictures on the groups' Flickr pages or post items on the groups' blog pages.
The Bread Baker's Apprentice challenge (http://pinchmysalt.com/2009/05/04/the-bread-bakers-apprentice-challenge) is more flexible. You can post an item on your blog or Flickr page or simply tell other members of the group about your breads via Twitter, e-mail or the BBA Challenge Facebook group. There is no minimum participation requirement.
To create your own group, the easiest way to quickly amass numbers is to go on Twitter and advertise your intentions. Or seek out like-minded cooks/bakers using pertinent keywords. Paula Jones, a food blogger in Raleigh, N.C., who has been baking along with the Bread Baker's Apprentice group, recently formed her own group centered around making a monthly recipe that involves Nutella: key word "#Nutella." Within the first four hours after her first tweet, 25 amateur bakers had signed up.
-- Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan