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Old 05-20-2008, 03:39 PM   #11
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Yes, you are right, of course. That's what made it taste like cold bacon gravy - LOL. If I ever made it again, I'd do it differently, but I probably won't make it again. There are too many good macaroni salad variations to keep trying with this one. It just surprised me, because I usually have good luck with Sunset recipes.
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:57 PM   #12
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I'm not saying that this happened in this particular case, but many times, recipes don't work or come out simply because the person making it doesn't follow it like it should. I don't agree with having a forum or thread warning people away from a recipe because there are many variables that can influence the result, like the level of cooking expertise, proper cooking technique, and availability of ingredients. I've seen many cases where a person rates a recipe poorly, and in their review states that "they changed this, or they didn't add this because they didn't have it, etc. etc.". To me, it's stupid to even rate a recipe, especially when it wasn't followed and it doesn't come out like you think it should.

There's also personal tastes. Someone might really like a dish that you may not, but by saying not to try it, you're discouraging them from experimenting and trying something new which to me, is totally inconducive to expanding one's culinary horizons.
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:51 PM   #13
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Ironchef, I can certainly see your point of view. I especially like a couple of recipe sites that feature reviews of the recipes. It irks me that some people will rate a recipe poorly, and then add, "I used skim milk and cut the butter in half and used Splenda instead of sugar," or something like that, and then express their dislike for the outcome. I can assure you that I am a pretty accomplished cook, and I followed the recipe and process exactly. I don't mean to discourage anyone from experimenting and spreading their culinary wings: I just think this recipe's whole concept doesn't work well. Didn't mean to start a kerfuffle - mea culpa.
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:08 PM   #14
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Karen, I very much appreciate a negative review of a recipe when the review includes the reasons why the person didn't like it: "too bland", "too watery", "too dry", etc.

And when several people say the same thing, I don't make the recipe.

Even we experienced cooks choose bummer recipes to try, and I think it's great to post negative opinions. Perhaps, we can just say "IMO, this was a loser".

When I first started here on DC, I tried a LOT of recipes people posted here. Loved most, and didn't care for a few. I posted both my positive and my negative opinions and the latter were not well-received (the "each to his/her own taste" thing, when it's negative). So, I went with the culture of positive-only comments on posted recipes from members.

As much as I am a bacon-LOVER, I won't be making that recipe, based solely on your and your DH's opinion.

So, thanks!

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Old 05-21-2008, 01:00 AM   #15
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I am still fairly new here, and I am beginning to appreciate the culture of positivity. Seems I may have made a mis-step - if so, I apologize to all. Thanks for the encouragement, Lee, and thanks for the guidance.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:11 AM   #16
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I personally enjoy seeing negative reviews of recipes. I do not think there is any reason to not post those. They can be a learning experience. If someone posts about a recipe they made and why it did not work out well then I can learn from them and if I choose to make that recipe I will be armed with more knowledge then if I just went into it blind.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:38 AM   #17
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If no one seems to have a problem with FOOD reviews, they shouldn't have a problem
with RECIPE reviews.

For example, I am not a fan of "foam". Looks like someone spit on my plate. Regardless
of how good the spit-upon food is, I would not review it nicely........
But others would.

There are threads here rating snack foods and restaurants, and we all know that some
will like and some will get good service, while others won't.....

So why not recipes? I have one I would not recommend.... my Dad's peanut laden
hamburgers....
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:47 AM   #18
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I am still fairly new here, and I am beginning to appreciate the culture of positivity. Seems I may have made a mis-step - if so, I apologize to all. Thanks for the encouragement, Lee, and thanks for the guidance.
I don't think you did anything wrong by posting this Karen. I just tried to see why it didn't turn out favorably. Being served cold is what I came up with. I must say I can feel that cold bacon grease in my mouth just thinking about it!

It is, however, a very personal thing - - - - taste. If a recipe has all ingredients we like then why is it we didn't like it? I have a recipe like that now. I made it one time and will never make it again and it's full of stuff I like. I guess I just don't want these things in the same bowl at the same time . The friend that sent this to me (many, many years ago) LOVES it and raves and makes it all the time and it darn near made me hurl. I sent her my macaroni salad recipe and she said it was very mayonnaise-y - well, yea, the dressing is made with mayo (among other things) so it's not going to be anything BUT and don't eat the dressing not mixed in. This macaroni salad recipe is one that people have me to make all the time and have even come to the house to watch me make it so they get it right. "To each his own" comes to mind (I did that for you Q ).

I would view this as a place to figure out "what went wrong" and how could it be made better. Again, personal taste plays a part but something might just hit the nail on the head and solve the issue. Tweaking - either with ingredients, or it could be tweaked right into File 13
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:51 AM   #19
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I have one I would not recommend.... my Dad's peanut laden hamburgers....
...........really???? Peanut laden hamburgers?
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:55 AM   #20
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in light of this post, i'm not going to submit the recipe for my norwegian meatballs that i made last night.

boy, did they suck!!!! way too much thyme.

as qsis mentioned, the "positive only" culture bothered me a lot when i first joined. it seemed too fake, or at best "disney-esque".

so i went to other sites (and back and forth ) and realized that if i wanted a serious or critical review, i could post my recipes on many other sites. (i'm not that good of a cook, so i don't want serious reviews too often... )

i came to think of the folks here as friends, and as such, i was more careful if and when i was going to make any negative comments outside of a joke. it's not that's it's being fake, but rather tactful to a fault so as to keep the friendships in the foreground, as pure, sometimes brutal honesty takes a back seat.

this doesn't mean that dc isn't a serious cooking site. it is.
but the kitchen is open, and you know or are related to all of the people cooking there.
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