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Reviewing Reviews. 
Nov. 5, 2012 9:23 am 
Updated: Nov. 9, 2012 4:27 am
I was playing around with menus and the menu planner just now. As you might imagine I was looking through quite a few recipes. Whenever I look at a recipe, I also read the reviews that accompany. The most helpful critical and positive reviews are the most... umm... helpful? Well, I guess that makes sense.

The thing that got me chuckling is that most of the reviews that were four and five stars included descriptions like, "this is the best recipe," or "fantastic recipe," or some other glowing comment. Then they continue on with the dozen or more things they did to change the recipe. In effect, they never actually made the recipe they are reviewing, rather they made changes to it on the fly and really liked their own recipe!

I started thinking about the few reviews I've done, and I am pretty sure that I am guilty of this as well. In the future, before I write a review, I will make the recipe as written. Then I will be better able to determine the value of a recipe. I noticed that the reviews that were considered most helpful seemed to be those that pointed out very clearly the things that they didn't like, and then made suggestions for improvement.

You all have a great day now!
Nov. 5, 2012 9:36 am
If you want to change your reviews, there is an edit feature you can use. Thanks for realizing the problem.
Nov. 5, 2012 9:40 am
Thanks for pointing that out. I'll look back over my reviews and see what I need to do.
Nov. 9, 2012 4:27 am
After reading this I had to go look at my reviews and see just how guilty I was of being a recipe tweeker. For the most part I do follow recipes as written,BUT I have more then a few that I tweeked and then gave a 5 or 4 star rating.Some of the recipes were altered because of other reviewers reviews and suggestions as well as my own instinct.I will however keep this in mind when making a recipe for the first time and when I review it.
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I'm old and smelly, kinda like a really good salami with that really nice white mould all over it.
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Meat, carbs, meat, carbs, meat, carbs and did I mention meat?
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Drop a plate of Pierogis and sausages in front of me and watch my eyes glaze over in pure joy.
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Schweinebraten mit Knoedel und Krautsalat. Also Edel Hirsch Gulasch was very nice. I make killer Spaetzle and Knockerl also.
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There aren't enough electrons in cyberspace! :) Actually, the tragedies usually involve well intentioned creativity out of control.
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