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Old 11-30-2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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Do you ever make a recipe found online that you think must have been a joke?

I can think of at least a couple of times, where it was so horrible that I'm sure the person who submitted the recipe thinks they're funny. I usually fall victim to the horrible recipes when I'm trying to use up random ingredients I have left, or trying to fit some sort of grocery goals.

Like right now, I'm making this healthy turkey casserole(found on yummly) and I am starving!! Recipe says to put uncooked rice in it and cover and bake for an hour... so I do it(I thought back of my head this better work). Hour's up I'm hungry excited to eat... rice is still hard. WAHH:(

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Old 11-30-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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The chicken and rice recipe right on the can of soup says to make it that way. I've tried several times. It's never worked.

I share your WAH.

I don't use the internet recipes much. I don't trust them. That's why I like it here. If someone has tried one of those recipes and liked it, then I know it's okay. I do use the recipes to find different spices that might be used in a dish. That's how I found the spice combo that makes my good chili great. (ginger, brown sugar, allspice, ground cloves)


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Old 11-30-2011, 09:30 PM   #3
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Same here, I search for ideas and most often end up taking some things from one recipe, adding something from another...creating my own recipe. I never try to cook raw rice in any dish that it is baked, hoping it will cook, never works for me. I cook the rice first and then addit in, reducing the liquid if I think it needs it and may also reduce the time.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:50 PM   #4
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Limit your searches to reputable sites.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:42 PM   #5
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I dunno. I've occasionally run across some questionable recipes on even Food Network's web site.

Here's a good example of a recipe that looks like a joke...
Best Hot Dogs Recipe : Michael Chiarello : Food Network

Really? Cook hot dogs in water? What a concept! It was even rated 4 stars.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:47 PM   #6
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lol, steve. i can't believe they entered that as an actual recipe.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:38 PM   #7
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Nowadays almost every thing has a place for user comments. If I see there are a lot of negative comments for a recipe then I won't try it. I agree with reputable sites, however I don't agree that Foodnetwork is reputable anymore, haha. Once I saw a horrid Rachel Ray recipe..or maybe Sandra Lee..where she used powdered cocoa, red wine, and I believe pre-packaged gravy mix to make a pan sauce for a steak. I was aghast when I read it. Personally I really like Bon Appetit as well as this one. There's one called Foodily that I like as well, however all it does it collect recipes from other websites, so the reliablity is a bit shaky.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:42 AM   #8
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Not really Pip, I read them and if I can sorta taste them I will give them a go.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:38 AM   #9
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I've had just as many misses making something from a cookbook as I have from recipes on the internet. Somethings you just know will work, some things you're not sure ... but you try them anyway and hope for the best. All in all, I've had way more successes than failures though.

I love sites like Foodgawker & Foodepix which have led me to tons of great food blogs.

Trying new things is part of what keeps me happy in the kitchen. And luckily I'm feeding people that appreciate my successes and encourage me to keep it up!

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Old 12-01-2011, 04:55 AM   #10
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I haven't run across a recipe that I thought was a joke, but I have made some that didn't turn out at all and I don't know why. Paula Deen's recipes and I seem to have serious conflict.
I have found several on the internet that I love though. And I always read through the comments if they have them. You can usually pick up a good tip, or confirm a change you would like to make.

Hey Steve, Tom, what's wrong with that boiled hot dog recipe? It seems pretty spot on

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