I love CHOW and I love cooking classic, popular recipes that take over my favorite blogs, forums, etc. A lot of the time, a well-reviewed recipe is very much appreciated, or even downright adored.
Sometimes, however, I cook something that receives raves, and it leaves me underwhelmed or disappointed. For example, it seems like everyone, and I mean EVERYONE is in passionately love with Marcella Hazan's butter, onion, and San Marzano tomato sauce. I've made it. I liked it enough to make it a few more times. But I was expecting this religious experience, they way everyone described it, and I was left thinking, "It's tasty, sure, but I've had much better." (I personally love a very chunky marinara with lots of fresh herbs and maybe a tiny bit of heat to play against the sweetness of the fresh tomatoes.)
I would also like to tack on that, for me personally, cilantro spoils nearly everything! Every time I see a recipe that demands tons of the stuff, I cringe.
What about you, fellow CHers?