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Nov. 14, 2009 7:13 am 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2012 11:30 am
OK - I'm sure there are a lot of you out there who are as frustrated with the above "line" as I am.  I was reading a review this morning and just couldn't handle it anymore - Here is what got me to start this blog:  
Oh, I just made pancakes for the first time in my life (OMG!!) and they were really good - BUT - I made the following changes (yup, here we go.....)  used skim milk instead of buttermilk  (are you kidding me??? ) used artificial sweetener (gross) added fruit and changed the flour.... ummm, darling - THIS IS NOT THE SAME RECIPE ANYMORE!!!!!
ok - I feel better, for I have vented.......
 
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Nov. 14, 2009 8:13 am
Oh I hear ya' girl!! I try to make a recipe 'as written' the first time, so I can review the actual recipe. Most of my substitutions/changes occur when I find I'm out of brown sugar (it is just molasses and white sugar after all) or if it calls for a veggie that we don't care for. I wish that 'the powers that be' would give us a 'tweak' button (like on their UK website) for those of us that end up making a recipe that no where near resembles the recipe we chose. There are those for whom the recipe is just a starting point or an idea and they run with it. I do, however, like to check a lot of the reviews to see how people have changed a recipe to suit them.
 
Nov. 14, 2009 8:14 am
Oh I hear ya' girl!! I try to make a recipe 'as written' the first time, so I can review the actual recipe. Most of my substitutions/changes occur when I find I'm out of brown sugar (it is just molasses and white sugar after all) or if it calls for a veggie that we don't care for. I wish that 'the powers that be' would give us a 'tweak' button (like on their UK website) for those of us that end up making a recipe that no where near resembles the recipe we chose. There are those for whom the recipe is just a starting point or an idea and they run with it. I do, however, like to check a lot of the reviews to see how people have changed a recipe to suit them.
 
Nov. 14, 2009 8:15 am
Sorry for the double post...computer is acting up again.
 
JOAN 
Nov. 14, 2009 8:36 am
Happy Saturday morning! Yep, Yep, me too, all over the place!
 
JOAN 
Nov. 14, 2009 9:07 am
However, I appreciate when Scotdog makes suggestions for healthier versions, probably because I know she's an experienced cook and sincere with her comments. I'm a take it and run with it cook, so I'm probably guilty of the "only I used this and this" routine, but it's there in the spirit of inspiration to others not criticism. *totally wondering if she's going for that lame excuse...*
 
Nov. 14, 2009 10:35 am
Boy, howdy!! And they'll give the original recipe 1 or 2 stars and complain that it sucked. Or a recipe that calls for "Salt & pepper to taste" they'll say is bland! UGH!
 
Nov. 14, 2009 1:26 pm
LOL Here is the thing - I usually know if I want to make something just by reading the recipe. I visualize it. The first time I make something I want to follow it exactly - the second time I TWEAK! Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of great suggestions and substitutions, (especially the lower fat ones) but some are just downright rediculous!! Here is another thing: - If my husband hates smoked salmon and I hate olives - WHY oh WHY would I bother making a salmon & olive fritata? and then give it a low rating? See what I mean??? drives me NUTS!! man, am I venting today!! ooohh this feels good!!
 
Nov. 14, 2009 3:12 pm
I know what you mean! I try to make the recipe exactly as written the first time, unless there is a compelling reason to incorporate a minor tweak.
 
Nov. 15, 2009 4:35 am
I had a co-worker who used to ask me for recipes. Then she'd come in and say, "I tried the ...... but it wasn't very good. I added an extra egg and ..... but ..." She made me crazy.
 
JOAN 
Nov. 15, 2009 7:59 am
Here's another thought, I made Apple Dumplings for the first time last night, didn't know they had a sauce poured over while they baked, basically other than the picture I didn't even know what they should look like, so how am I qualified to rate this recipe? Short answer, I'm not IMO. But ooh it was good!
 
Nov. 18, 2009 12:54 am
Oh, here is another one - just ran across this today. User review: This was an ok barley soup. Since I didn't have any barley, I used rice instead. ?????? I just don't get it.
 
Jvszen 
Nov. 18, 2009 12:29 pm
Cooking is not an exact science. Two people could make the same recipe in the same kitchen and they would still not turn out to be identical. When I am looking for a recipe, I rarely follow it to the letter, why should I? Sure it may have had great reviews, but if, for example it has cilantro in it and I absolutely hate cilantro but am fine with something similar than of course I am not going to use the cilantro. A lot of times I look for recipes, just for a base for how to start, or for ideas. Not so I can copy them exactly. What tastes great to you, may not taste great to me. And lastly, we all know that cooking has a LOT to do with what you have on hand.
 
Nov. 22, 2009 12:52 pm
Sasha, I'm with you. The first time I make a recipe I follow it exactly. I don't make recipes that call for things we don't care for. If, we liked it the original way, I may 'tweak' it a bit the next time around. Obviously if you make a chicken pot pie (for instance) and don't have any chicken, so you substitute beef - it won't be such a great chicken pot pie! True - cooking has a lot to do with what is on hand, but don't make a recipe if you don't have the ingredients!
 
Nov. 25, 2009 10:46 am
Beautifully said - don't make a recipe if you don't have the ingredients - the MAIN ingredient anyway.. LOL
 
Nov. 26, 2009 10:21 pm
One of the reasons I rarely review a recipe is that I like others have said here, just look at some recipes for inspiration, I don't think it is fair of me to critique someone's recipe, if I alter it extensively. I do however get a chuckle when reading reviews where people make huge changes and still don't rate the recipe very high. Ah! People...gotta luv em!
 
Nov. 6, 2010 12:50 am
I love to read the reviews. I find many good suggestions there. I was frustrated with a comment you made saying that you knew how the dish was SUPPOSED to be made, but did not tell anyone, especially when the original poster said that she had to make it due to her boyfriends sketchy description. I guess that is why I came to your page, to see if you had the actual recipe so I could try it. I bet the poster would like that too. I am not trying to be mean spirited, I am seriously asking if only for the poster.
 
MonkeysMom 
Feb. 2, 2012 11:30 am
Choppie, I saw that comment and agree with you. By the way, the dish is called Musaka.
 
 
 
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