Voice from the Middle

The Wayback Machine

I was just reminded of something I learned about several years ago — the Wayback Machine.

On any given day, I’m trying to get better at one particular food dish. I’ve perfected (to my satisfaction) gumbo, potato salad, scones, and fried rice.

The fried rice like you get at a restaurant and is so yummy it is the entire meal. And I did it! I found a blog post that gave all the tips for the perfect fried rice. I’d used it for years.

So I’m standing in my kitchen, on one cold and windy night. Ha!

Yes, I was standing in my kitchen freaking out because a menu for our nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner depended on the yummy fried rice. Fifteen people were soon depending on my meal.

I was freaking, because my saved Internet bookmark to the recipe was telling me it was no longer available. I had no hard copy. Ahhh.

My #4 — youngest son — saved me. He typed in his smart phone the name of the recipe I gave him and seconds later, I had my recipe. Complements of the Wayback Machine.


It’s a website that has been archiving the Internet so that you can find links to things that were long ago taken down. A scary thought for some, but when you need a recipe or such, it’s very useful.

And if you ever wanted to make restaurant quality fried rice, here’s the Wayback link for THE best recipe.  Originally posted by Ali’s blog Gimme Some Oven.

By Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

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