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The internet has ruined recipes

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The internet has ruined recipes

Every moron nowadays has a blog with a 15 page novel with a poorly written recipe on it.
I'd be fine with that if the recipe itself was solid because I could just skip the story. But no.... the recipes itself are just... what.

It's vday and I'm not a baker, so I need a recipe for a dessert. I'm thinking flourless chocolate cake. Sure it's overdone and cliche at this point, but I'm lazy.
What do I do? Check my commercial cook books for a recipe. Nothing.
Ugh. Internet time...

https://www.lanascooking.com/flourless-chocolate-cake/
"Cut a circle of wax paper" ... "Bake at 375F"
Mmm. Delicious wax flavored cake.

Oh and this nugget:
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Adapted from King Arthur Flour web site.

Congratulations on rewriting the recipe to use wax paper instead of parchment paper. You did it! You made a recipe!
Oh and nice link back to the original recipe.

How do I delete someone else's web site? :rolleyes:
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death_hawk wrote:
Feb 11th, 2019 9:12 pm

Congratulations on rewriting the recipe to use wax paper instead of parchment paper. You did it! You made a recipe!
You might even burn paper in your oven too!
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OP, didn't you pretty much just do the very thing you are complaining about?
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mdl.tor wrote:
Feb 11th, 2019 11:12 pm
OP, didn't you pretty much just do the very thing you are complaining about?
Only a half page and not 15.
Plus I'm not making money out of this.
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OR... are we too dependent on internet for recipes? Honestly nowadays I barely cook anything out of the ordinary without looking up a recipe first, even if it's something I've made a few times. My mom used to just eyeball the amount of sugar and milk needed and baked away.
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I like looking up recipes online (allrecipes.com, etc) since I won't make anything that doesn't have a very high rating and usually you can get great tips from the comments.
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kmarcie wrote:
Feb 12th, 2019 10:46 am
OR... are we too dependent on internet for recipes? Honestly nowadays I barely cook anything out of the ordinary without looking up a recipe first, even if it's something I've made a few times. My mom used to just eyeball the amount of sugar and milk needed and baked away.
I cook without recipes all the time, but baking is fairly scientific - so I do measure more carefully for most baked goods.
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Recipe filter. Gets rid of all the crap and puts the recipe up top. You can even print with it.

Firefox

Chrome.
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Chickinvic wrote:
Feb 12th, 2019 10:49 am
I like looking up recipes online (allrecipes.com, etc) since I won't make anything that doesn't have a very high rating and usually you can get great tips from the comments.
I agree with this. Without the internet, where are you getting recipes (assuming you don't have a family member who's amazing at cooking/baking)? In my experience, a lot of recipes from 'celebrity chef' and similar cookbooks are trash, or always require you to have a small amount of some special ingredient that no one actually has in their kitchen. And you paid $50 to find that out.

I'd much rather use a recipe that normal people have posted their opinions on.
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I've used waxed paper for lining my cake pans for years. No problem with the wax transferring to the cake layers.

My issue with sites like allrecipes is that some users will change a recipe beyond recognition (either in method or by substituting ingredients)...then they complain about how it turns out and give it a poor rating. I agree about the internet ruining recipes...look at foodgawker and a lot of the recipes are for vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, paleo, etc. Most of those recipes just contain dates, coconut and oatmeal...and look like cow pucks. Whatever happened to "normal" food?

It's funny, I have an extensive cookbook collection and browse for new recipes all the time but the most used source is my box of old handwritten recipes that I've been using for years.
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Chickinvic wrote:
Feb 12th, 2019 10:49 am
I like looking up recipes online (allrecipes.com, etc) since I won't make anything that doesn't have a very high rating and usually you can get great tips from the comments.
this.
there are millions of recipes out there. stick with well reputable sites that have a high rating for their recipes, read some of the comments from people who have tried the recipe and added their own modifications, and it will "usually" lead to successful results.
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ShoNuff2 wrote:
Feb 12th, 2019 12:50 pm
this.
there are millions of recipes out there. stick with well reputable sites that have a high rating for their recipes, read some of the comments from people who have tried the recipe and added their own modifications, and it will "usually" lead to successful results.
Exactly, you can usually get a pretty good idea after reading 10-15 reviews (like if everyone says use a bit less sugar, etc), but it has never steered me wrong.
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I've found some of the recipes are okay, although I definitely agree that most of them have so much garbage to scroll through before you even get to the ingredients. I don't need to read someone's life story.

I use it more for timing unfamiliar things than the actual recipe, as I've gotten to the point where unusual things stand out.

The bigger, recipe-focused sites are more reliable even if the comments are a mix of helpful 'add this to make this recipe even better' and 'I substituted X and it was awful.'
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Mars2012 wrote:
Feb 12th, 2019 12:39 pm

My issue with sites like allrecipes is that some users will change a recipe beyond recognition (either in method or by substituting ingredients)...then they complain about how it turns out and give it a poor rating.
I just ignore those users though. It is quite funny when they basically change everything about the recipe, then give the recipe a lousy rating. Recipe called for chocolate chips, almonds and honey (for example), and I used carob, steel cut oats and stevia powder. lolol
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This is funny, because I was doing a search on how to bake purple potatoes. One site said 375F and roast until cooked. It would be nice to get an estimate of cook time.
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