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Jan. 18, 2012 7:39 am 
Updated: Feb. 22, 2014 1:29 pm
I think it's unfair to post a review on a recipe when you did not follow directions or use the ingredients called for.  Substitutions create different recipes and different tastes.  There is a reason for the ingredient called for..example on my Ham Salad, the reason I use freeze dried onions is because some hams and the relish have liquids that are absorbed by the  dried onion flakes.  Using fresh onion makes the ham salad strong tasting and watery.   Please be fair when evaluating a recipe after you have changed the ingredients.  Thank you.
Jan. 18, 2012 7:49 am
I agree with you. I don't review many recipes because if for some reason I change it, as you said, you totally change the flavor, texture, even the look of a dish.
Jan. 18, 2012 8:27 am
I don't know what prompted this but it seems that those who used fresh onion still raved about your recipe, or was that just an example? We all make changes, yourself included. Using basil for parsley, adding sauteed veggies, cooking for much longer than stated are all changes too.
Jan. 18, 2012 8:49 am
This is a common complaint over on the Buzz but something that won't ever stop. I think the majority of recipe makers here are tweakers. But I completly agree that changing a recipe and then rating it low is so unfair. I think many don't realize that they are going to hurt the recipe's overall rating.
Jan. 18, 2012 11:33 am
Sometimes I am so grateful for the reviews. We don't always have the precise ingredients on hand so the ideas of other AR members and their experience is so appreciated. That being said I have also seen a review or so where they completely changed the recipe and then complained!
Jan. 18, 2012 1:06 pm
Some people take it entirely too far, they create a completely different dish with completely different ingredients, not just tweaking, then they post a review. It infuriates me. I just commented on a recipe where the writer had done just that and oh boy her substitutes were not even close. Silly.
Jan. 18, 2012 2:08 pm
Everyone had given me 5's for my Sweet & Sour Brisket and one person evaluated with a "1" and this comment - "was way too sweet, but that could just be my taste" -- Hello -- that is why it was called "Sweet & Sour". So, it knocked my recipe from the top of the list to way down in the middle of the pack. Some people .......
Jan. 18, 2012 2:42 pm
I'm not sure how it's any better to rate a recipe you didn't make 5 stars just to comment to a reviewer or to rate a recipe high that you didn't like just because everyone else liked it.
Jan. 18, 2012 3:31 pm
That's why I don't believe this Random star system works.
Jan. 24, 2012 4:05 pm
I can't stand it when I'm looking through reviews and I see something along the lines of: OMG THIS IS THE BEST RECIPE EVER!! I only made a "few" changes however... Then the person sits there listing all the changes they made, including cooking times, and maybe only 1 ingredient is used exactly as the original recipe called for!
Feb. 13, 2012 8:51 am
I look at most of these recipes as a base that can be tweaked. I give credit when this base. If I make minor changes or additions I note it and if it goes well I credit the the recipe. If it goes bad that's on me (sometimes I'll go back and try the original). All said, I have faith that anyone that posts a recipe is posting something tried and true and enjoyed by all. If you and your family and friends enjoy the recipe that's all that matters. If someone gives you fewer stars than you'd like so be it. These ratings do not change who you are or the quality of YOUR food. So I would take them with a grain of salt, or if you feel like tweaking this, perhaps a dash or a pinch of salt... Cook On my firends!
May 10, 2012 2:12 pm
OK, OK, I agree that sometimes the exact ingredient may not be available and especially in different parts of the country. Just be fare when judging that recipe if you haven't followed directions.
Feb. 22, 2014 1:29 pm
Blonddee, I like your style, lady! I have added you to my list of Cooks I Like. Keep posting the good stuff and don't worry about the naysayers.
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