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Volleyballmom is asking: (5 answers)
Ok, so I need to vent a little. I was just looking at recent reviews and was very upset to see that someone has chosen one particular item and gave very low reviews to a number of different recipes of that item. It was quite clear that none of them were even tried, but were judged based on what they know the recipe to be. I would like to say that everyone has their own way of doing things and family recipes that are handed down over time may be changed or were never the " correct" way in the first place, but were the way that family made it and to them it was wonderful. I for one appreciate when someone has the courage to share a recipe here, opening themselves up to scrutiny and when they have love of a recipe that they would share with another family. I also put stake into reviews that I read and trust that the person at least made the dish. Sorry for my rant! Ok. I'm over it. ;)

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Last updated: May 9, 2013 2:27 pm
Posted: May 8, 2013 5:20 pm
Answered by: Thisni Caza
May 8, 2013 5:24 pm
I think I saw the same thing. It was like they'd done a search and reviewed everything that came up. Mostly negatively.
May 8, 2013 6:30 pm
That's exactly what they did. You know, not everyone has the same way of making things and if you can tell by the recipe that it isn't what you like, then stay away! It's that simple. On my published recipe, which calls for enchilada sauce, a reviewer took off a few stars because they don't like enchilada sauce. Guess what, they still don't. I'm not sure why they made my enchiladas knowing it calls for enchilada sauce, lol.
May 8, 2013 6:54 pm
Just looked at your enchilada recipe Duboo. That's a keeper, I'm going to put it on next weeks menu!
May 8, 2013 8:06 pm
I now make it without the sour cream because we have one frequent guest that doesn't like sour cream. It's pretty good like that too.
Answered by: Party Chef
May 8, 2013 5:28 pm
I get where your coming from however I make the recipe as per. If I think it needs tweeked as per my taste I list it. That is why people read reviews, to get other opinions.
Party Chef
May 8, 2013 5:30 pm
So sorry, did I miss something?
May 8, 2013 5:34 pm
I think I saw the same one also. Good to vent once in a while isn't it Vollyballmom? I do agree with you. I, like party chef, like to make a recipe as stated, i'm lactose intolerant so I do sub. almond milk or coconut milk, and not always with good results. I guess in some you need the real thing.
May 8, 2013 6:00 pm
Me too. I try to make it as is and then add my polite 2 cents and recommend changes I would make next time. I appreciate reading those tweaks people would make next time.
Linda (LMT)
May 8, 2013 6:10 pm
Report it to AR so the right thing can be done ... Most likely the reviews will be taken down.
Answered by: chairlifter
May 8, 2013 5:34 pm
Hi VB Mom Take it for what its worth. The review of adding Santa's Magic Reindeer Dust to a recipe, may have, at a stretch, a tiny bit of truth. (Usually it does not) Sadly, it happens, all the time. (I even know where Brooklin Ontario is!)
May 8, 2013 5:40 pm
AR is very good about removing reviews that are inappropriate or have been reviewed without being made. Simply contact them by clicking on "let us know" near the bottom and they will quickly remove the reviews.
May 8, 2013 5:58 pm
I didn't know that Marie, thanks for info. And chair lifter, who knows where Brooklin is!!!!? Lol-not many. Good on ya!
Answered by: Grumpygrandpa
May 8, 2013 5:43 pm
Hey vollyball mom, I couldn't agree with you more. There will always be those people that will critisize and complain. It is one of my biggest pet peaves. If you can cook, cook, if not shut up and learn. I personally do not need to cook with lo-cal and all the other stuff that gets berated but make what I like. I have read so many posts from readers about dough not rising etc and recipe @#$%. If they would take the time to figure out the instructions then should be no problem. From experience if a recipe calls for one cup of flour how is that measured. I use weight measurements for that reason because depending on how you scoop, pour, or sift there can be anywhere from 2 to 4 cups per pound of flour. Also feel if it doesn't sound like something that you might enjoy move on to another recipe or try making it your own and review on the merits of the base or start point of the recipe. If it was being made then there must be some inspiration from it. That's what recipes are for and cooking is all about. Personally I murdered some recipes from this site and still gave 4-5 stars because I made a mistake and corrected it. Cooking is a joy and a lot of fun if you want it to be, and as a recipe tester and developer I enjoy every minute including failures. OK you had your rant and I shared mine so we both feel better now. Happy cooking P.S. I'm over it too, cause it's time for Piadina alla Romagnola (Italian flat breads) with some slow cooked pulled pork. Saw post and had to put my 2 cents in.
May 8, 2013 6:01 pm
Grumpygrandpa, I like your style! :)
Cactus Rose
May 8, 2013 6:39 pm
I agree with grumpygrandpa. Some people have too much time on their hands. I often tweak recipes, right from the first try. Doesn't mean I didn't think the food tasted good. I often leave out an ingredient I know I won't like. So what? I often see many complaints that something is too salty. Good grief! If you're reading the recipe and see 2 tsp of salt, shouldn't your brain kick into gear and think gee, that seems like a lot of salt. I'll use less. Cooking isn't rocket science. It also bothers me when people say, did you look at the calories? I'd never make that! Well, good for you! Don't make it and don't review something you've never made! Ok, I've now ranted, too. Think I'll have a cocktail and calm down.
gammaray (=
May 8, 2013 11:44 pm
The review [rating] I saw last night that bugged me, said that the recipe was good - but hers, made per the recipe, did not look like the picture. So she gave it three stars! Are you kidding me?! Mine never look like the pictures. Doesn't mean they don't taste good - and I certainly don't downgrade because I can't make pretty food (= [The recipe called for "diced" chicken, and the picture did not have diced chicken in it - maybe shredded...?]
gammaray (=
May 8, 2013 11:46 pm
By the way, when I first started here, I did review a couple recipes that I had not made. Mostly to pass on tips that I had figured out, after making the same, or a similar recipe, years earlier.
gammaray (=
May 8, 2013 11:49 pm
[And those reviews are some of my "most helpful." (=]
May 9, 2013 1:18 am
I saw the reviews VB refers to and they were not helpful, they were nasty. Unfortunately, I was not able to notify AR to request they be removed.
May 9, 2013 5:52 am
AR is very good about deleting off topic recipe reviews if you contact them. I have done that in the past and they were promptly removed. You never know what motivates some online, AR appreciates when we bring it to their attention.
Answered by: Buon Appetito
May 9, 2013 6:05 am
I strongly agree with you. I notice those who do that type of review do not have a recipe of their own to be reviewed. They usually go under assumed name because they have no backbone.
May 9, 2013 2:27 pm
Volleyballmom, you said exactly what I was thinking! I saw those, too, and it bugged me quite a bit. I ranted to myself, but I'll add my rant to yours! :)
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