Have you ever wondered what I sound like? Whether I’m really real, or just a figment of your imagination? Well, folks, I’ll prove that I do exist, that I’m not just a robot behind the keyboard.

I’m going to show you proof. Video proof.

Now, don’t get your hopes up too high. I probably look a little funny. I know my accent is strange – not really southern, not really northern, just some odd hybrid. I’m just an ordinary person. On a badly made video, I might add.

Anyway, I’ll stop stalling. Here we go.


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50 Responses to “introducing…me!”

  1. 1
    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — December 1, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Yay, I can play this all the time and pretend you are sitting chatting to me πŸ™‚


    PS: I live by lists too. But you know that already.
    PPS: My question for you is “When are you coming to visit me in Toronto?” πŸ™‚

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      Merry-Jennifer — December 1, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

      And that is a very good question, Mardi! You know, I love to travel. Now, to convince hubs… πŸ™‚

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    Paula- bell'alimento — December 1, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    Love Love LOVE seeing you’re smiling face : ) Can’t wait to see more videos {and you VERY SOON} xoxo Now maybe I’ll get the courage to make some of my own videos ; )

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    Jenny — December 1, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    Great job for your first video! @icywit (on twitter)

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    Prerna@IndianSimmer — December 1, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    Wow, you did SO well with your first video! I would love love love to see more of you and chat with you (maybe via one way video :-))
    You probably know me so will not talk about myself but just wanted to let you know that you did a great job and I am sure your readers would love to see more of you!

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      Merry-Jennifer — December 1, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Prerna. We’ll see where this goes…

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    Maria Raynal — December 1, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    Well how cute are you!!?? Excellent video debut! Someday I’ll tell you about me, my kitchen and the flipcam. Wasn’t pretty, but the kids sure got a good laugh out of it.

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      Merry-Jennifer — December 1, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

      Now that’s a story I’d love to hear sometime, Maria.

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    Kayla @ Sheriff of the Kitchen — December 1, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    Hi I’m Kayla from over at the sheriff of the kitchen I’m somewhat new to merry gourmet I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed for just a few weeks, great to meet you. I think it’s fun to get video incorporated my previous blog was almost completely video.

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    Flavia — December 1, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    Hi Merry, You may remember me from a few tweets we’ve exchanged. So nice to see your video! I think you should definitely keep doing them–I will definitely watch. It’s been wonderful getting to know you through Twitter, Facebook and our blogs. Hope we can meet in person someday as well!

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      Merry-Jennifer — December 1, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

      Of *course* I remember you, Flavia! I agree – it would be great to meet you in real life sometime. πŸ™‚

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    Nelly Rodriguez — December 1, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    Loved watching this and definitely just puts a “real” face to the blog I’ve been reading for a few months now! I think lists are the reason life can happen, so yei lists!

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    Tracey — December 1, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    What a fun idea! I’m not brave enough to incorporate videos in my site but I loved watching yours. Hope you’ll continue! I’ve been reading your site for a while, but am an infrequent commenter. I’m a total list person too πŸ™‚

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    LivedinItaly — December 1, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    You are real and not a robot! πŸ˜‰ Great introductory video and am looking forward to future chats!!

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    Macaroni Mama — December 1, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    That was a wonderful introduction to The Merry Gourmet! Applause! I could never have done that.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 1, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    Love this! Such a sweet video… And, you’re so natural in front of the camera. I can certainly not say the same for me. πŸ™‚

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    Liz Benedettini Larkin — December 1, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    Very cool! Great to place a voice with a face. Well done, MJ! Looking forward to more of your videos.

    My question is: “What’s your most favorite thing to cook?”

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      Merry-Jennifer — December 2, 2011 @ 7:15 am

      Thanks, Liz! And, to answer your question….I think I’m probably a baker at heart. I’m more comfortable with baking – the exact measurements and precise timing is right up my alley. I’ll bake a pie anyday!

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    Adrienne — December 1, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    It’s you! LOVE it.

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    Lucy — December 1, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    That’s awesome, you did a great job! Love reading your blog and keeping up with you on Twitter. I don’t think I’m quite ready to video myself yet, but you have given me inspiration…maybe I’ll video someone else while they’re cooking! Thanks for sharing yourself.

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    Oh fun! It’s nice to get to see you live and almost in person. lol Awesome job, you’re a natural at this. Can’t wait to see more videos!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 1, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    Nice video! You really seemed relaxed in front of the camera. I want to make videos but can’t seem to get it all together. I can’t wait to see more of yours.

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    Kathryn — December 2, 2011 @ 4:47 am

    I love this video, you’re such a natural. Is it weird that in my head I expect everyone to have an English accent even if I know they’re American? It surprises me every time! I’ve only interacted with you a bit on twitter but I look forward to getting to know you better πŸ™‚

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    Rachel winter — December 2, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    Love love!!! Miss you πŸ™‚

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 2, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    Very nice! I do better hiding behind the keyboard πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see more!

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    Katie — December 2, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    I love your first video! I started incorporating video into my blog this past summer! I first started reading your blog earlier this year after I met you at Food Blog Forum Orlando (we sat together at lunch)! Hope you will make it to next year’s so we can really sit down and chat!

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    Ken⏐hungry rabbit — December 2, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    You are a natural on camera. Love it and look forward to more of MJ Live.

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    Paula — December 2, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    This was great! I enjoyed it and look forward to more video posts.

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    les — December 2, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    Nice to see you and hear you in person. I’ve been reading your blog for over a year and always enjoy it. I like reading about you and your family, as well as reading about food.
    Keep up the the great work!

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    Brad Smith — December 2, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Great video! I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while now – and of course on twitter as well! (@smithbrad)

    I’m a Rhode Island based wedding photographer who has always loved the kitchen and cooking dating back to my short-order cook days in college. I’ve recently started vegetable gardening, have been home brewing beer for several years now, and enjoy reading blogs like yours for inspiration and motivation to try new things in the kitchen.

    Thanks – keep it up! Good to “meet” you!

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    Brandy Truex — December 2, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Love your video! Congrats for doing the first one!! Someday maybe you will get Sam “shooting” while you cook! πŸ˜‰
    Live cooking demos!

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    Lana — December 2, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    Even though I met you, I loved watching the video – you are as warm and positive on camera as you are in person.
    I could not function without lists and without a notebook that has my whole life in it:)
    Past few years have been extraordinarily stressful for me and I found solace and therapy in writing my food blog, so I can relate.
    Thumbs up for venturing into the new frontier!

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    Carrie — December 3, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    I love your blog! I am assuming that you are an oncologist because you mentioned going to ASCO last year. I am a heme/onc fellow and I would love it if you had a booth about cooking at ASCO! That would would be so fun!

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      Merry-Jennifer — December 4, 2011 @ 11:37 am

      A heme-onc fellow? Yay! I’m so glad you’re reading the merry gourmet. Hope fellowship is going well!

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    Aggie — December 4, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    Oh MJ, love this!! You are really a natural in front of the camera!

    You are inspiring, ya know? I’m going to start embracing the list & try to get a grip of my life over here lol.

    Loved hearing your voice & seeing your face again, can’t wait to see you in real life again soon!!

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    Valerie — December 5, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    I enjoy your posts! The video was sweet! Keep it up! πŸ™‚

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    Jill B — December 5, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    Hi! I’m Jill – and in addition to my love of cooking blogs (I’ve been a fan of yours since I met it – a few months ago) I’m finishing up graduate school (Communication), getting married (New Years Eve), moving (makes being married easier if you live in the same state), and I work with grants about health/healthcare at a regional University – about half of what I do involves communication about cancer. So, yeah. Hi.
    (in case it’s not well-implied there, I’m loving your cancer food blog)

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    Kay Tucker — December 8, 2011 @ 12:06 am

    Hi Merry, nice job! I have never added a video to my blog, There is a Kansan in the Kitchen, but I might think about it. My blog is not just about food, even though I am a retired chef. I also write about painting and genealogy.
    I discovered your blog about a month ago and I thoroughly enjoy it. Now that I have “met” you, I look forward to reading more and seeing more videos!
    My question for you is, how do you learn how to add a video to a blog?

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      Merry-Jennifer — December 9, 2011 @ 8:34 am

      I just used the built in camera on my iMac at home — and a lot of google searches for help on logistics! It’s easier than you think.

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    Liren — December 12, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

    MJ! So glad to finally hear your voice and pair it with your face – one day we will have to meet in person, but for now, this will hold me over πŸ™‚

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    Binky — December 13, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    This is so great, MJ!!! <3 <3

    Most of my work is videos, but I'm so scared of putting my face or voice in them. I recently did one, and lost my voice and couldn't finish the second half!

    You are so brave, and you are great on camera! ^_^

    I've been reading ever since I met you and all of you wonderful food bloggers back in FL at Food Blog Forum. Hope to see more of your vids!

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    Georgie — December 15, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    It’s wonderful getting to know you virtually in “person”. Your great on camera, very personable, super cute and well versed – I vote for more video blogging here. I visit and read your blog – you make me smile a lot. I’m amazed at how you juggle it all – I have to keep a lists too! I’m reaching the age where I can’t remember where the list is or where my glasses are to read the list; or where my phone is to read the list I emailed to myself. Hope to see more videos here and I adore the gold stilettos.

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