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Almost Perfect..Ego, Much?

One year ago, back when the world was different in January 2019, I started my recipe blog with the intent to share my love and passion for cooking with you all. I would post my recipes when I would jump on a plane for my next business trip, so we know how that story went. It kind of stopped in February. I am ready to start it again and I will try and post often. It’s a rudimentary blog, if you can even call it that, with little frill since I have no idea how to use WordPress. I am not looking to be on the next Food Network TV Show or make money off my Instagram posts. I am happy when I cook. I am even happier when people enjoy eating my food. I may not have a 67 day cooking streak again this year, but will post some of my favorites as I have time.

You may ask why its called “The Almost Perfect Riv” which is my name for many things. It is not because I think I am perfect or even strive to be perfect. No Ego Amigo as Jess Simms would say. It is a play on me trying to do so much and not mastering anything at all. Enjoy!

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