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Jul 21, 2007 10:44 AM

Poor quality of chowhound recipes

where do these recipes come from? why are they so obviously not "authentic" nor tasty-looking?

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  1. Can you give us some examples? The majority of the recipes I've found were actually very good.

    1. Are you talking about CHOW recipes, here:

      or recipes posted on the Chowhound home cooking board?

      (I know you posted this on CHOW Feedback - but wasn't sure about the reference to "chowhound" recipes.)

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      1. re: MMRuth

        the chow recipes! oh god, no, please don't think I was talking about the home cooking board- there are some great things there, I love that board. compared to that board, however, the chow recipes seem really sup-par. what do others think?

        1. re: fara

          I'd love to hear more specifics about what hasn't worked for you, fara.

          1. re: fara

            I actually haven't tried any CHOW recipes yet. One thing that I'm amused by is that non-seasonal CHOW recipes keep popping up on the left - I guess in the Blog Post section - I'm not too interested in egg nog and turkey in July, so I've come to ignore what pops up there. Though some of those cocktails do look tasty.

            1. re: MMRuth

              I totally agree with you about the excess randomness of the sidebar, MMRuth. It is so irksome to see not only unseasonal recipes, but unseasonal stories too. That's something we need to change.

              All of the CHOW-created recipes go through a rigorous testing process and are carefully vetted. We pride ourselves on the recipes, in fact, and put a lot of work into them. So I really would love to get feedback on what has worked and what hasn't.

              I can vouch for the deliciousness of many of the cocktails on the site!

              1. re: davina

                Any particular ones that you recommend - the food ones I mean - not the cocktails for now? I'm heading on a 10 day vacation where I'll be cooking dinner pretty much every night, and if you suggest a couple, I promise to try them out. Eat pretty much everything, though won't have access to decent sea food ...

                1. re: MMRuth

                  I had a lot of success with the recipe for Mendiants.


                  I used a high quality dark chocolate (Vahlrona) and homemade candied orange peel and took them to a 4th of July gathering where they were inhaled with gusto. The best part was they were so easy to make I did it over my lunch hour the day before! (except the candied orange peel, I did that part a few days ahead)

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    Here are some favorites -- these are ones I've cooked. Let me know what you think! -- oh, and i've made the mendiants too, ExercisetoEat, and they turned out really good. And so simple.

                    steak salad:

                    stuffed peppers:

                    red-cooked pork:
                    (probably a bit heavy for summer


                    watermelon salad:


                    1. re: davina

                      Thanks - I'm printing out a couple to take with me!

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        MMRuth, you might want to try this salsa recipe. I made it last night and was very very pleased with the results.

                        1. re: ExercisetoEat

                          I second that. I made it about a month ago and it was very good.

                          1. re: Bat Guano

                            Yeah, I'm afraid it's turning into a new craving for me! I've been making it about once every two weeks and am finding it rather addictive (though I have that problem with good salsa, I could eat it pretty much at every meal or for a meal!). Thankfully it's guilt free... except for the chips.

                        2. re: MMRuth

                          Well, I have to come clean and say that although I printed them out - I forgot them and so couldn't do the necessary shopping before heading into the North Woods! But I have them at home now ....

                    2. re: davina

                      Mulled wine is not my idea of an August treat.

                      1. re: wally

                        Right - I think that is something Davina mentioned that they know needs to be worked on - the seasonality of the recipes that appear.

                      2. re: davina

                        I have tried some of the recipes and found them to be very good. I would look for a recipe here first, in fact, I am that impressed. And I also wanted to say that when I did have a problem (with a Key Lime Pie filling that threatened to spill out over the pie shell) my comment was responded to and acted upon. Try that with your copy of Silver Palate!

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                  1. Along those lines, Chow's food photography is laughably bad, pretty much across the board.

                    1. is it just me or do the recipes look better lately? some things i would want to eat: the enchiladas verdes, wild rice chicken casserole, artichoke pesto pasta, the banana leaf shredded pork.
                      never saw anything very appealing before - if there was some kind of change made, thank you-

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                      1. re: fara

                        Hey, that's good news! I'm glad to hear it. Do report back when you try the recipes.

                        1. re: davina

                          I'm going to make this one tonight to go a long with some pork chops:


                          1. re: MMRuth

                            Delicious - and I posted a comment on the recipe page!