Originally Posted by puffin3
So why would you be "turned off" when someone suggests not using substitutes? I'm sorry. I just don't get the point of making a dish based on a recipe and deciding not to follow it.
Please explain your logic.
What specifically would you choose to 'substitute? Using ricotta cheese instead of a hard cheese?
Why do millions of people buy cookbooks every year? "The recipe calls for potatoes but I don't have any so I'll use macaroni instead. I'm sure there won't be any big difference in the final result". Really? "The classic 'BB' recipe calls for beef but I don't like beef so I'll use hot dog wieners instead."
Your recipe sounds pretty good, Puffin. I don't have a food processor so I guess I'm out for making it exactly as written. :-)
Regarding the bolded....are you saying that you NEVER adjust/adapt/tweak a recipe? If you have, please let us know the circumstances in which you feel that's appropriate.
Regarding the Boeuf Bourguignon example (sp?) - subbing 'hot dog weiners' is a big of a stretch, dontcha think?