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Recipe Etiquette when Sharing

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Recipe Etiquette when Sharing

kjonyou | Jun 23, 2010 05:57 PM

I have a friend the seems to beg me for a recipe almost every time she comes over. I usully give her the exact recipe with exact instructions like dont substiute a for b. But it never fails, she tells me weeks later the recipe didnt tast that good and then I find you she did exactly what I said not to do. For example she will take a brased pot roast and skip the browning, the slow cooking part and bake it at high temp uncovered becuse she is in a hurry. Even after I explain that the slow cooking tough meat is the only way to get it so tender.

I am getting annoyed with this. I realize everone likes to tweek a recipe to their tasts, I do this as well. But usually she alters it so much it dosnt tast anything like it was supposed to then blames the recipe. I told her that when I try a new ricipe, I always fallow it to a T the first time, then make changes or experiment after that. This seems to go over her head. She will say "ya thats a good idea" then go back to making all her odd changes anyway. Then she blames the origional recipe.

Whats the etiquette here? I dont mind sharing recipes but whats the point? What else can I say to her to stop taking shrot cuts or major alterations if she wants it to tast the same as when she had it at my house?

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