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Put the Kettle on....

Feeling Sorry for the Underdog Recipe 
Sep. 29, 2010 1:53 pm 
Updated: Oct. 1, 2010 5:23 pm
Now that cooler weather is here I know I'll be cooking up a storm, making soups and stews.  I like to find new recipes, as well as pull out the old faithfuls.  Last night I decided that I was going to find an underdog recipe - you know the ones - the ones with few stars, and try out a few.  Maybe I would try it and like it and be able to help boost the ratings some for it.

So, I found this lentil soup recipe.  It sounded good but only had 2-1/2 stars.  I read several reviews and noticed most people stated the liquid amounts must be off.  So, I halved the amounts of lentils (which I soaked overnight) and rice and left the liquid amounts as is.  When I got home from work today my house smelled fantastic!  All homey and comfort-foody (is that a word??).  I couldn't wait to get to my kitchen and taste this soup!  What was in my slow-cooker was a glob of rice, veggies and lentils - no liquid at all!  So, I added 3 cups of chicken broth and tasted.  It needed some more seasonings so I added some cumin, red pepper flakes and Italian seasonings like another reviewer had suggested.  With all these changes it actually is a good tasting stew, but in all fairness I could not rate this any higher than 2 stars as is.

My system for rating is as follows:  5 stars is absolutely fantastic, needs no changes and I will make again and again; 4 stars is very good and I will make it again but maybe I made one small change to the recipe; 3 stars is average - still good and something I'll make but just won't rave about it; 2 stars is below average but still edible with many changes; 1 star is for recipes that needed a lot of change and is something I probably won't make again; 0 stars is a recipe that I will recommend people NOT make.  Is this a fair system do you think?

While I write this my bread machine is working on Jo's Rosemary Bread to go with this soup for a tasty and filling dinner on this chilly autumn evening. 

Maybe the next underdog recipe will get a boost from me.
Sep. 29, 2010 2:04 pm
aaawww - that's so nice of you to try! I wonder if that could be a spin-off of the Recipe Group. I want to go out and pick up a stray, too! Thanks for your kind heart, Mother Ann.
Sep. 29, 2010 2:07 pm

Wanna try my underdog?
Sep. 29, 2010 2:13 pm
Mother Ann, aren't you the sweetest! taking underdogs Under your Motherly wing:) You have invented a New word, "Comfort-Foody"! It's perfect! I love it:") I like your rating system, if it works for you, keep on keepin On.Wonderful blog and I look forward to your next underDawg!
Sep. 29, 2010 2:14 pm
Kathy - I saved that to my recipe box and added some of the ingredients to my grocery list. I will definitely try - it sounds good to me! Thank you!
Sep. 29, 2010 2:36 pm
I would love someone to try it and give me feedback.
Sep. 29, 2010 2:38 pm
I will - but it'll probably be next week one day.
Sep. 29, 2010 2:57 pm
Love the way you write Mother Ann. Thanks so much!
Sep. 29, 2010 3:25 pm
Great idea! Sometimes I think AR makes mistakes when publishing a recipe. Could very well be the recipe amounts were changed by AR when it was published. I've seen a number of reviews written by the submitter stating that AR changed their recipe.
Sep. 29, 2010 5:15 pm
Pam, I've read that before, too. That's sort of where I got the idea of trying some of the lower rated recipes. My hubby really liked this soup and the bread went well with it.
Sep. 29, 2010 5:39 pm
AR does make mistakes, just as we all do sometimes :D It's a good idea, after your recipe is published, to keep your original in your recipe box just in case. Always let them know if an error was made in editing. It happened to one of mine and they corrected it right away. It happened to a new recipe I just made recently and I let them know about the 'obvious' error. Who knows what happened with this one, though. It looks like it's been around a long time. It was very generous of you to give it a chance, Mother Ann. Also, I think your standards for rating are spot on!
Sep. 29, 2010 6:52 pm
I love blogs like this. It takes a good cook to see the potential in recipe that doesn't have "glowing" reviews. Just like an expert who has an eye for valuable antiques. I will subscribe to your blog to see what else I can learn from you. Great job. :)
Sep. 29, 2010 9:41 pm
Great idea Mother Ann. I've done that with a few recipes on here too. Even though they may have only been rated by one or two people that didn't like them, the ratings tend to go down and not be reflective of the recipes true potential. Everything deserves 1/2 a fighting chance.
Sep. 30, 2010 3:19 am
Maureen, Thank you. Maybe it comes from me working in a Guidance Office - every kid that comes in has some sort of potential - it's just not as obvious in some students. :-)
Sep. 30, 2010 2:18 pm
The recipe really does sound tasty (and you've confirmed it). I wonder if you cooked it on the stove top if that would help. You know, add some more liquid as needed as it cooks ... but then again that's altering the recipe. Meh. What a conundrum.
Sep. 30, 2010 8:08 pm
Supposedly all the recipes have been kitchen tested to have been published, right? Anyway, that may be a misconception on my part. This is a worthy thing. I'll have to rethink my rating, which goes along the lines of if we enjoyed it (at all) it's 5 stars. I'm going to have to toughen up, huh?
Oct. 1, 2010 3:20 am
Hezzy, I think everyone has a different idea of how to rate recipes. I think it's unfair to rate a recipe low when a person has made many changes and substitutions. I try to follow a recipe as is, at least the first time, or I might make a few changes based on reviews; if many reviews are saying it takes more liquid or whatever then I might do that.
Oct. 1, 2010 9:43 am
Great blog. I think your rating system is exactly how it should be. I do get a little annoyed choosing a recipe based on its rating to find that 90% of the raters made changes to the recipe first. I think AR should post guidelines or ratings so that its all a lot more consistent. I'm going to pick one 'underdog' a week (or so) to cook. Thanks for the idea.
Oct. 1, 2010 3:51 pm
I think you have a great rating system. Almost all of my ratings are 4 or 5 star. I am single and don't have to worry about other palates. If I like all the ingredients, I usually always enjoy the recipe. What I find soooo annoying are the reviews where someone totally changes up the recipe - seared ahi tuna becomes tuna casserole and then the reviewer slams the recipe! Or doesn't even cook it the recipe but slams it.
Oct. 1, 2010 5:23 pm
I think you're very gracious mother ann. We need more people with your vision. I really like your rating system. thank you.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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