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You're a review/rating snob if... 
Dec. 14, 2010 4:16 pm 
Updated: Dec. 30, 2010 12:30 pm
Is it me or does anyone else not even look at a recipe unless it's 4 1/2 stars or above?  I get a lot of the newsletters from AR and only look at the ones that are 4 1/2 stars.  Isn't that a bit snobbish?  Like not wanting to eat at a restaurant with a B rating.  There are so many wonderful recipes on this site, many that I have tried and rated over the years.  Maybe my New Years resolution will be to at least read the 4 star ones. 

I love reading reviews because it gives me a better idea of why people didn't like the recipe.  So keep posting those reviews people!!!  Good or bad, and why you think it's good or bad. I'm so grateful for it. 
Dec. 14, 2010 6:06 pm
I view pretty much any rating recipe (the emails plus what I find on my own) - I've had a fare share of good and bad reactions to both types. I like reviews by others but have changing the way I let them affect me as of lately (it seems the more I follow them - the more disappointed I am.) We have to pick and choose which we will use or just dismiss. But I am thankful for them all, they definitely help define a portion of the community (both good and bad). Thanks for the blog - something to think about :)
Dec. 14, 2010 7:17 pm
I've made recipes with low ratings that were really really good! One of my favorites was a 3 star recipe when I made it the first time. I like to push it whenever I can so...Blueberry Pinwheels on AR rock! You should try them. Its only got 4 stars. Don't know why. Really really love them. Obviously! lol!
Dec. 14, 2010 7:45 pm
Merry Christmas to you and that Sweet lil boy at your side. I look at and do try to find recipes with low ratings and try them. Most of them Have redeeming qualities:) I feel bad for the lowly ones and want to raise their stars. then when they grow up, they will be, hopefully 5 stars! Interesting blog, Thanks 1st Lady
Dec. 15, 2010 5:21 am
When I see a low rating I usually look at the ingredients list to see if there is something offputting on wrong about it. If they seem off then the rating is probably right. I will read a review or two if the recipe still interests me. I get enough low ratings myself to know that not everyone likes everything.
Dec. 15, 2010 6:17 am
I have now been on this site for long enough to issue you a small warning. For many reasons, recipes get voted down. One of mine for instance rates regularly 5 stars with an occasional 4, but someone voted it a 3 because "it wasn't complicated enough to warrant more". Now if that review had been the first, then people like yourself would ignore the recipe as the average review in the early moments would have been below your criteria. We have also had a period or two when certain trolls went round deliberately rating all a cook's recipes down. Still other reviewers make so many substitutions that the recipe is no longer the original, and then, when they don't like it, they mark it down. So I feel that your 'snobbishness' of just sticking to higher ratings may well be preventing you from finding some gems!
Dec. 15, 2010 7:26 am
O.K. If you change more than 3 items/amount of ingredients in a recipe then it's a NEW recipe. I understand if you up or downsize the recipe for family or gathering size, but when you change crushed tomato's to fresh or fresh basil for dried then you have basically created a new recipe in my book. I look at recipes a little differently but when I was growing up if you made Gracie's grape jelly then you followed her recipe exactly. If you followed Grandma's recipe for pasta sauce you did just that followed the recipe. If you change the recipe so that it no longer reflects the original say that and don't down grade it. Just my opinion...
Dec. 15, 2010 12:56 pm
I generally tend to ignore the stars and how many reviews recipes have. You never know when you will find a good one. I read through reviews and then steer my own course. Sometimes I make it without reading them at all.
Dec. 15, 2010 5:59 pm
Yes, I know what you mean... I do use the "sort by" RATING feature often for my AR searches... I don't usually have the time to read through soooooo many reviews, but do value them very much and try to quickly read over the general consensus of the recipe/ingredients/method(s)... Especially if there are a few very high ratings, and a few not-so-good... sometimes, a recipe is a "good base" with personal options added, to taste.
Dec. 16, 2010 11:13 pm
I sometimes find it to be the other way around. There are some recipes with a really high rating and even though I follow the recipe exactly, all I end up with is a sloppy mess. I'm not an expert cook/baker, but I know how to follow a recipe. Sometimes I wonder how people get the dish to turn out like the featured photos? I've also tried recipes that have only a few ratings and I was pleasantly surprised. One was for a spice cake and I loved it so much that it is my staple spice cake recipe now!
Dec. 30, 2010 12:30 pm
Good points folks!! I have eaten at nice restaurants that I think the food was and at hole in the walls that I think have the best food ever. So I think I'm going to scale down on my newsletter browsing and just start from the main page. Plus I have like over 300 recipes in my inbox and have tried and rated maybe 10% of them. Sounds like resolutions, huh. Happy New Year!!!
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Born in Mexico...raised a California girl, I'm always trying to find my roots with my cooking. I have a big family with my mom as matriarch and master cook. So I have some big shoes to fill.
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I love cooking food that my mom always made when we were younger. She doesn't really have any recipes, so it's a challenge. Every time she cooks, it's a unique experience since variations on ingredients are never the same. I also love Mexican food El Paso style. I would like to dabble more in Italian and Filipino dishes. My all time fav is BBQ and down home Southern comfort food.
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Mastered flour tortillas in 2013!!!
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That I mastered flour tortillas in 2013...I think I gained 5 lbs in one week.
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