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Cooking for my son - he'll be home from Afghanistan soon...

Ok, venting now... 
Sep. 20, 2010 10:55 am 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2010 8:02 pm
I had a pretty rough weekend.  I had treatment on Friday and I didn't feel well at all, couldn't eat much, couldn't sleep and had joint pain in my hips, knees, legs like none other.  My doctor says he can give me Valium for it, but I just don't think that's going to cut it... seriously Valium? 

Anyway, I was online and my son messaged me with a tentative return date to the states and we're planning on heading out to the base atTwentynine Palms in California to greet the unit when they get back from Afghanistan - I can hardly wait!  That was the best news of the weekend.

Yesterday, my BIL showed up to watch the football game and brought a couple of friends with him.  I had no idea they were coming, and I had planned on making Chicken Fried Rice for a light dinner.  Needless to say, that wasn't going to cut it.  I went through the freezer, fridge and pantry and decided to make Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs from this site.  I started the sauce in the crockpot and once it got nice and hot (boiling) I added the meatballs uncooked per the recipe.  I never would have dreamed about adding the uncooked meatballs to the simmering sauce, but I have to tell you - these are some of the best meatballs ever.  I made some garlic bread to go along with the meal and called it good.  Everyone loved it.  

On to my vent.  I looked up the recipe here to get the exact measurements for the meatballs.  I decided to check out a few of the recent reviews to see if anyone added any additional helpful, interesting ideas.  The most recent review gave the recipe only 1 star, which really surprised me because this is just a quick, easy, flavorful meal.  I went on to read the review and guess what??  The reviewer DIDN'T even make the recipe!  She claimed that based on the ingredients listed, it was a "no go" because no self respecting cook would make anything using dried herbs while cooking!  WHAT???  It just rubbed me the wrong way!  The recipe has over a thousand reviews and is 4+ stars so her negative review didn't affect it much, but seriously??? Why in the world would someone do that?  I went on to read a couple more of her reviews and she also torpedo'd another recipe after she significantly changed the ingredients.  I do not understand why people do this.  And to insult to injury, she takes this silly stance saying most of the people on this site must not know what good food tastes like.... UGH! 

People, if you significantly change a recipe and it comes out bad; please, please do not fault the submitter!!!  This is the main reason I am so hesitant to submit.  If I make changes to a recipe, I always indicate what they were (and why) and if the recipe turns out less than stellar, I feel that is on me!  And to submit a review - especially a negative review - for a recipe you haven't even tried?  Well, that's just beyond wrong.
Sep. 20, 2010 5:23 pm
Don't sell the real cooks short. They know what ingredients make what flavors and will try your recipes and give an appropriate rating. We can all recognize a bad reviewer by looking at the recipe. Also, All Recipes has already researched the recipe before it was published and that in itself makes the bad reviewer an obvious snake oil chemist. Don't worry about collecting a row of stars. We are smarter than the snake oil chemists making a bad review.
Sep. 20, 2010 7:55 pm
I totally agree with you about comments that are not justified. It's simply trash talk and not worth the time it takes to read it. People never cease to amaze me. Glad your son is coming home. That's happy happy news.
Sep. 20, 2010 8:02 pm
Happy dance for your son coming home!!! I'll bet you can't even sleep...
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