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Old 10-16-2005, 02:46 PM   #1
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Courtesy and Staying on Topic

On occasion I have noticed members get a little off topic...particularly when it comes to a recipe -- Sometimes to the point where a debate ensues. When a member posts a recipe, if you have a different cooking method and different ingredients, please post it as a new recipe and not a link to your recipe in someone elses post/recipe. Sometimes I feel that there is a challenge going on, re who is the most knowledgeable and better cook. Please be courteous and take a moment to read the post/question. Re cooking levels and skills, processed or unprocessed, everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Please be courteous in your response. The most important thing to me when I come to this site, is to learn and share. TIA

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Old 10-16-2005, 05:12 PM   #2
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If I've done this to Mish.. I am sorry. I never meant it as a challange.
Just a different way make the recipe.

As for recipes that I post ( even if they are few and far between) I love reading
how others would make them. It gives me ideas on how to improve my meals.
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Old 10-16-2005, 05:28 PM   #3
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I hope I didn't do it to anyone either, if so, I'm sorry, it wasn't intentional!
I don't normally mind if there is something added either, but, I think maybe what she is saying is maybe someone might have challenged a recipe that she posted?
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Old 10-16-2005, 05:44 PM   #4
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I didn't know that was a problem - I thought it was only a discussion. I'm not sure if I did it or not, but if so, sorry.
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:06 PM   #5
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As far as "flame wars" and personality clashes, arguements and debate go this is perhaps the tamest forum I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. On the whole we all get along so wonderfully, and virtualy everyone respects each other's thoughts and comments.

I really hope I've never done this to you Mish! (I am very sorry if I have!) Goodness, I always luv your posts and recipes!

I agree with Pdswife, in that I like to see how some people put their own spin on a recipe/topic. And sometimes a thread (a recent one about Nutella pops to my mind, or another about mac&cheese) sort of drifts from the origional topic(s) but that isn't per se a negative. It just represents the way a conversation might go if we were all sitting around the table having a great chat (IMHO)
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Old 10-17-2005, 04:15 AM   #6
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In my opinion, to discuss the given recipe and exchanging ideas and suggestions on it is perfectly okay. The problem occurs, which I have also been a culprit in some occasions, the whole point of discussion veers into something totally irrelevant to the thread title and this goes on and on even further from the original topic. Thus someone who clicks to read about the discussion on roasted chicken for example, may find themselves faced with bunch of people talking about salad dressings. This is not a very good trend. So, my point is... discussions on the given recipe are fine as long as it stays relevant to the original topic. If you have something totally different idea, let's start a new thread!
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:16 PM   #7
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Going off topic for sure should be another thread.But if there's
a mistake or difference of opinion on a particular recipe it's better to have it talked about and possibly corrected before someone wastes their time trying to prepare it.Maybe I'm wrong,but I know if I posted something that didn't add up I would love for someone to chime in and add their 2 cents.
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:23 PM   #8
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It's rare (at least I hope it's rare), but it does happen occasionally that I will disagree with some point on a recipe and try to convince someone that there is a better way. And yes, I do know that I too am simply a guy who, though I have considerable experience, still has much to learn. And sometimes it just boils down to individual preferences.

That being said, I love to exchange ideas on this thread, including when I'm corrected by another. It broadens my own knowledge, and I hope I do the same for others.

If I have been discourteous in the past, I sincerely apologize. Just know that I never intend to offend anyone. We have all levels of cooking experience here. And like ICadvisor, I too feel this is the freindliest site I have ever been a part of. We have very good people here. And Mish, you are certainly one of them.

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Old 10-17-2005, 12:43 PM   #9
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So, my point is... discussions on the given recipe are fine as long as it stays relevant to the original topic. If you have something totally different idea, let's start a new thread!
That was my point precisely, as I have already stated. I agree with IC in that this is a friendly site. Grandstanding is not helping a member that asks for help suggestions. Let's please keep it friendly and to the point.

Just a thought re "different cooking levels," if you can follow a recipe, you know how to cook. The rest is trial and error and adapting a recipe to one's own tastes. It's not rocket science. My ancestors cooked with no recipes.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:46 PM   #10
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..." if you can follow a recipe, you know how to cook. The rest is trial and error and adapting a recipe to one's own tastes. It's not rocket science. My ancestors cooked with no recipes.
I will quietly agree to disagree with this quote. There is some rocket science involved, at least for the way I cook. But then again, I've been a technician and an engineer for the better part of my life. I look at things a bit differently. And I've been involved in the science of how things work for most of my life as well.

Thus, for me, cooking is not only an art form and a way to fill my belly, it is about techniques, hundreds of techniques, and the applications of those techniques to attain specific results. And those techniques involve not only the mechanics of cooking, but pairing of textures, flavors, and colors in such a way as to present beautiful food that is ballanced in every aspect. I sometimes fall short of my cullinary goals. But I get one step closer every time I try something.

And recipes, I quit using them long ago.

Cooking is like mathematics. Sure, you can use a cheat sheet and mimick someone elses recipe. Or you can use the limitless tools available to create foods that appeal not only to oneself, but to everyone you cook for.

That is after all, what cooking is about for me, satisfying the tastes of those I cook for, and certainly to satisfy my own standards. And the more tools I have (knowledge), the beter I am able to achieve my culinary goals.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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