FAQ

Q: “What kind of camera do you use?”

At this point I have 2 cameras. Canon PowerShot SX200IS and a Nikon D40 with the standard 18-55mm lens and I purchased the Nikon 60mm Macro lens.

I prefer using natural light but living in the Midwest good natural light comes and goes with the seasons. At night and during the winter months I use a light tent with 4 light stands.

Q: “Are you paid for any of your “Gadgets That Work” reviews?”

No, I am not compensated in any way! Through out my blog, all statements pro or con, on products, restaurants or recipes are my opinion based on my experience.

Q: “I like this blog, some interesting things. But you’re no Jake.”

I had to laugh when I received this comment and I’d love to know who Jake is.

But you’re probably right, I’ve had no formal training, in fact I’ve never taken a cooking class in my life.

In 2008, when we finished our very long, complete renovation of our home and I finally had the kitchen of my dreams is when I started my blog. I loved my new kitchen and wanted to spend as much time in it as I could. A good friend of mine had been blogging for a while and she encouraged me to start a cooking blog. I had no intention of my blog ever lasting this long or attracting so many wonderful people.

Q: “I have a question regarding a recipe.”

I am more then happy to help you in any way I can. You can either post your question in the comments section and I will answer it there.   Or you can email me at ms.bigblackdog@gmail.com.

Q: “Can I use your photos and recipes on my blog?”

If you would like to use one of my recipes or a photo, please contact me first at ms.bigblackdog@gmail.com.

Q: “Every time I try to cook or bake I fail. What’s your secret?”

I fail too and just had a horrible time making cookies, in fact 3 different recipes failed in 1 week. Failure happens to every one, just put it behind you and go on to the next recipe.

On an average, maybe 2 out of 5 recipes are good enough for my blog and on top of that I have to take photos too. Sometimes the photos are good and sometimes not. So in a good week maybe 1 out of 5 recipes makes it to my blog.

Q: “I tried one of your recipes and we did not like it.”

I am so sorry but everyone’s taste buds are different.

I can assure you that I don’t post recipes I’ve not made in my own kitchen and taste tested by me!

Q: “Your dogs are gorgeous, but aren’t Rottweilers a dangerous breed?”

In the wrong hands, yes Rottweilers can be a dangerous dog! I’ve never had a problem with one of my dogs and I’ve owned 9 and even had 1 Delta Certified Therapy Dog!

When I got my first Rottweiler in 1978, Rottweilers were a rather rare breed in the US. Unfortunately, in the late ‘90s, Rottweilers had grown in popularity and were numbered in the Top 3 most popular dog breeds in the US and herein lies the problem. Many people were attracted to this gorgeous breed, but had little understanding of dog behavior and/or training techniques.

A Rottweiler is a strong, powerful dog and must be trained and socialized properly. If you are considering getting a Rottweiler, please take into consideration that you must dedicate at least an hour a day to training and socialization of the dog and training must begin the day you bring the dog or puppy into your home.

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