My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Recipe Reviews

I have been stewing about this for years and I've just had enough. About a third of the folks who think it is their duty to review recipes on some of my favorite food blogs have not a clue what a review is or worse have no idea how to cook.

Don't you just love the moron who rates the recipe 5 star and proceeds to tell you the changes he/ she made. By the time she/he has finished it isn't the same dish. In reality they have just given their recipe a 5 star and has nothing to do with the original recipe. Don't get me wrong I love the little suggestions that people make, a squeeze of lemon here and a dash of something there, that's great.

The ones that make my skin crawl are the ones that can not follow the recipe. One of my favorites recently, "My cake was so heavy and tasteless. I followed the recipe exactly. When you see that statement you know what's coming next. Four cups of flour seems like too much flour for one cake, etc." The recipe plainly states 2 1/2 cups of flour. There were other things she screwed up also, so she rates the cake 1 star. If she had spent the time reading and understanding the recipe that she spent reviewing it there is a good chance she would have had a beautiful cake.

I feel there should be a little quiz before you are allowed to give a review; can you boil water; how do you make a bologna sandwich? That should cut down on about a third of the stupid reviews.

Stay away from the review button, unless you know what you are doing. You are only going to embarrass yourself.

It's not just the food blogs, it's everywhere. "I love the wide slots in my new toaster, but the cheese melts into the bottom when I put my sandwich in to toast." You think! This one was priceless, "I was so happy with this new place I found to service my car. I thought I had a tail light out but it was fine after they added tail light fluid." I couldn't even make up something that stupid.

Thanks, I feel better, until something else pisses me off.


  1. I think those same people review products on Amazon: "I'm only giving this two stars because it was great for a couple of weeks, but after I let my toddler play with it in the bathtub it stopped working! And Amazon took forever to send me a replacement. I liked my old cellphone better."

  2. Oh my word! That is SO funny about the tail light fluid! I have definitely noticed sometimes people say they are making Lime Chicken or something and then they put totally different things in it like oranges! That always makes me laugh! : )


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