About

Hello! My name is Stephanie Manley, and CopyKat.com is my creation. I love to cook, and I have been posting copy cat style recipes online since 1995.  CopyKat.com’s Dining Out at Home Cookbook: Recipes for the Most Delicious Dishes from America’s Most Popular Restaurants is now available for purchase.  If you enjoy the recipes online, you will enjoy the book, recipes are nicely formatted and include extra information in the book.

Want to know what makes me create Copy Cat recipes.  Read on.

About Me

I started cooking when I was young, very young.  I started cooking when I was about 4 or 5.  Scrambled eggs was the first dish that I cooked.  I had to push a chair up to the stove to cook.  My Mother, was a brave lady.  She commented that I would often burn myself, but she figured I would stop doing this eventually.  I grew up in rural area, and going out to eat, meant a several hour commitment for anything other than a local restaurant.  Learning to copy recipes was done so we could recreate restaurant tasting food at home.
In college I put myself through college through various jobs.  I spent several years working in a variety of restaurants.  This combined with undergraduate degree with a minor in chemistry really helped my ability to recreate restaurant favorites at home.  In addition to recreating recipes I have spent several years brewing beer and wine, so I love to experiment with food and beverages.

How do you create recipes?

A lot of experimentation.  Recipes are developed based upon ease of obtaining ingredients, if something is too hard to obtain at your normal local grocery store it isn’t likely that this recipe will be attempted.  Recipes need to contain real food, no recipes like fake movie butter are done, as that is more of science experiment than something you can eat on a regular basis. I have a group of people that recipes are tested on, these poor souls feel tortured, and I am grateful to them, they have a tough job.

Comments

I welcome comments from people like yourself.  I publish most comments.  I do not post comments where people are rude, crude, and making comments that wouldn’t be acceptable in mixed company.  If your comments aren’t positive, but done in a constructive way, your comments will be posted.  I reserve the right to edit comments, and delete comments.

Nutritional Information

I do not provide nutritional information.  I am not a nutritionist, and I do not feel qualified in giving out information that is critical with those that have health issues.  Restaurant style recipes tend to be higher in fat, salt, and calories.  Be mindful of your specific health needs.

Can I use your recipes for my site, my charity book, my recipe book?

I work extremely hard in providing you with original content.  Unless noted otherwise, please link to the recipes from your own site to the recipes here.   Due to a publishing contract I am not legally able to grant permission for “Copy Cat” style recipes.  Please seek permission from Ulysses Publishing on these recipes.

Can you get me a recipe for XXX?

I can always try to work on a recipe. I like to use recipes from restaurants that are chains, or available in the majority of the country.  We attempt current menu items only.  I can not duplicate menu items from dishes that are no longer being prepared in the restaurant.  I really can’t come up with a recipe for an item that was removed from a menu two years ago or even 20 years ago.  If I can not taste a dish, I can not duplicate a dish.  I strive to use ingredients that are common, and free of preservatives, and additives so we can enjoy the way food really tastes.  If something has been discontinued I can’t try to duplicate something I can’t taste.  You may want to post a request on our message board, http://www.copykatchat.com .  Sometimes people have similar recipes in their personal archives.

Can I advertise on your site?

I work with an agency currently on advertising.  I do not take advertising directly.  My advertising agency of record is womensforum.com. All advertising is handled with them. If you want a direct sponsorshop, or offer your product as a promotional item for our viewers this can also be an option.

How can I contact you?

Send me an email through the contact page.  I do try to answer all email.

Will you link to my website?

I like to link to sites to people I personally know, or that I actually interact with.  So before you send an email to link to the site, leave some comments on my site on different occassions, let’s exchange tweets, let’s build up a relationship.  I wouldn’t mind someone doing a guest posting or two. I like to offer links to sites that I have a lot of knowledge about, and are worth sharing.

I welcome your comments and suggestions.

I write other articles, and I have my own blog at http://www.stephaniemanley.com , you can see what else I am up to.

Stephanie Manley