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2021-12-15 6:52:51 PM  
Writing a recipe for brining a turkey using an entire bottle of soy sauce is certainly a way to move soy sauce in a non-Asian country. I'm impressed.
 
2021-12-15 7:27:14 PM  
I'm amazed that they can't just wait for long hours and broken marriages do do the same thing.

/Tater-tot casserole is a product of SADNESS, dammit. Not scientists.
 
2021-12-15 7:42:01 PM  
I've related this story before, I think.

Shortly after Katrina we moved to Houston. For that first Christmas we ended up celebrating alone rather than traveling to see family, who were also affected by the storm.

My mom makes these cookie bars around Christmas time and I decided I wanted to make them so I could have a little bit of family tradition for the holidays. I always assumed this was a family recipe handed down for the last few generations.

So I call my mom, she tells me the recipe, and then I went to the store and got the ingredients.

As I put it all together I happened to look at the back of the bag of chocolate chips and suddenly realized that my beloved family recipe was actually the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe.
 
2021-12-15 8:13:52 PM  
Simply cook all these base ingredients and it then belongs to you. Takes a bit longer but it is much better and belongs to you. The net has recipes for everything you will need. I like to look at a bunch and pick out what I like from each.
 
2021-12-15 8:46:30 PM  
Yes, but did the brand kitchens post their recipes in a format that required you to read through a thousand or more words of personal anecdotes and witty observations about the recipe and include carefully staged photographs of various ingredients in various stages of assembly as well as the bowls, pots, and other utensils required to cook the recipe before the recipe itself was finally provided on the very last page? Because if they didn't, how could anybody have ever felt a connection to what they were about to cook?
 
2021-12-15 9:29:31 PM  
But what if your grandma actually worked in a food kitchen
 
2021-12-15 9:41:49 PM  

Shostie: I've related this story before, I think.

Shortly after Katrina we moved to Houston. For that first Christmas we ended up celebrating alone rather than traveling to see family, who were also affected by the storm.

My mom makes these cookie bars around Christmas time and I decided I wanted to make them so I could have a little bit of family tradition for the holidays. I always assumed this was a family recipe handed down for the last few generations.

So I call my mom, she tells me the recipe, and then I went to the store and got the ingredients.

As I put it all together I happened to look at the back of the bag of chocolate chips and suddenly realized that my beloved family recipe was actually the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe.


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2021-12-15 9:54:01 PM  
"Lets go Brandma"
 
2021-12-15 10:52:48 PM  
Is it good?

/that's really all I give a fark about
//whether it's from a highly targeted brand-name test kitchen to sell products or an ancient family secret
///is it farking tasty?  Yeah?  Cool
 
2021-12-15 11:01:13 PM  
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2021-12-15 11:23:14 PM  

Shostie: I've related this story before, I think.

Shortly after Katrina we moved to Houston. For that first Christmas we ended up celebrating alone rather than traveling to see family, who were also affected by the storm.

My mom makes these cookie bars around Christmas time and I decided I wanted to make them so I could have a little bit of family tradition for the holidays. I always assumed this was a family recipe handed down for the last few generations.

So I call my mom, she tells me the recipe, and then I went to the store and got the ingredients.

As I put it all together I happened to look at the back of the bag of chocolate chips and suddenly realized that my beloved family recipe was actually the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe.


Q: If you make the chocolate chip cookie recipe and leave out the chocolate chips, what are the cookies called?
 
2021-12-16 12:10:02 AM  

Thosw: Q: If you make the chocolate chip cookie recipe and leave out the chocolate chips, what are the cookies called?


They're called crap.  Done it before when I had a bit more dough than I really needed for the chocolate chips I had.  Figured I may as well see how they went.  They're bland and not amazing at all - the recipes are chocolate chip cookies are balanced around the chips providing a majority of the sweetness and flavor which is why they have no separate name beyond maybe chocolate chipless cookies.  If you want to avoid chocolate chips, just make some oatmeal cookies - they'll actually be reasonably tasty
 
2021-12-16 12:26:06 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Yes, but did the brand kitchens post their recipes in a format that required you to read through a thousand or more words of personal anecdotes and witty observations about the recipe and include carefully staged photographs of various ingredients in various stages of assembly as well as the bowls, pots, and other utensils required to cook the recipe before the recipe itself was finally provided on the very last page? Because if they didn't, how could anybody have ever felt a connection to what they were about to cook?


Look! Here are my hands, stirring the batter! Oh, by the way, here is what sugar, brown sugar, flour and baking powder look like!

Oh, and I have the cutest story about the time my three year old son pulled off his diaper and painted the walls. We knew then that he would be an artist.

Well, he's a machinist now, but he is very artistic.

Oh! Look! Here is the applesauce cranberry chocolate chip cake. With mint icing! Plated on hand thrown plates by our favorite blind potter!

Serve with avocado coffee.
 
2021-12-16 12:28:26 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Thosw: Q: If you make the chocolate chip cookie recipe and leave out the chocolate chips, what are the cookies called?

They're called crap.  Done it before when I had a bit more dough than I really needed for the chocolate chips I had.  Figured I may as well see how they went.  They're bland and not amazing at all - the recipes are chocolate chip cookies are balanced around the chips providing a majority of the sweetness and flavor which is why they have no separate name beyond maybe chocolate chipless cookies.  If you want to avoid chocolate chips, just make some oatmeal cookies - they'll actually be reasonably tasty


This one time, my daughter and I made Tollhouse cookies. They looked a bit odd when they came out of the oven. Tasted good, but a bit off. Then we both saw it. The little bowl of flour.  Sitting all by its lonesome  on the counter.
 
2021-12-16 1:33:56 AM  
Many of my family's recipes come from grandma Manischewitz.
 
2021-12-16 12:47:08 PM  

I Swear I'll Jump: Pocket Ninja: Yes, but did the brand kitchens post their recipes in a format that required you to read through a thousand or more words of personal anecdotes and witty observations about the recipe and include carefully staged photographs of various ingredients in various stages of assembly as well as the bowls, pots, and other utensils required to cook the recipe before the recipe itself was finally provided on the very last page? Because if they didn't, how could anybody have ever felt a connection to what they were about to cook?

Look! Here are my hands, stirring the batter! Oh, by the way, here is what sugar, brown sugar, flour and baking powder look like!

Oh, and I have the cutest story about the time my three year old son pulled off his diaper and painted the walls. We knew then that he would be an artist.

Well, he's a machinist now, but he is very artistic.

Oh! Look! Here is the applesauce cranberry chocolate chip cake. With mint icing! Plated on hand thrown plates by our favorite blind potter!

Serve with avocado coffee.


You expect us to believe that?

/needs more twee!
 
2021-12-16 9:35:43 PM  
Very common and always has been. If you want to sell a product you have to give people a reason to buy it. If it's a kitchen appliance or food ingredient  that means a recipe customers will make and remember. I'm fine with that just like I am with recipes from the Pillsbury Bake Off. People who are better at it than I have spent a lot of time and money coming up with something good.
 
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