Originally Posted by kitchenelf
...the reason they ask is it helps to understand HOW to answer the question. Violating her privacy just can't be done by asking if she is making a red velvet cake. Once a person asks a question sometimes more details are needed.
Now if you ask a store clerk where the black beans are that's simple - Aisle 8 on the right. Big difference here, don't you think? And maybe if they ask you what you are using them for they ALSO like to cook and want to learn somehting from you.
And there are common/standard amounts to add to one recipe. Doesn't matter what brand - same size box, right. No fixation here - just trying to give the right answer - and I don't see anything wrong with that.
I said "needless." I am the only one who gave hannah7 a proper and complete answer to her question without requesting additional information. After you answer the question, you can make all the smalltalk you want. FYI foodcoloring is not standardized. I have some blue food coloring, 2 oz of which, will turn an olympic size swimming pool dark blue.