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Feb 25, 2012 06:28 PM

thoughts about splitting the home cooking section into cooking and baking?

have you guys thought about splitting the 'home cooking' section into cooking and baking? i just feel like the section is overcrowded and could use some separation. i also believe baking is such a different animal than cooking that perhaps it deserves it's own place? yes, it's both home cooked or baked but just a thought...

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  1. I can see the appeal of this. But maybe "cakes, pies and breads" would be a better title. Because you probably don't intend to include lasagna.

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    1. re: small h

      And herein lies the difficulty in finding agreement :). I see baking and think of dessert type things. Cooking, to me, means meals. Cooking also means , generally, that less precision is required.

      But you're totally correct - I say that I have a lasagne baking, not cooking!

      1. re: CanadaGirl

        What about a recipe like rice pudding; both baked & cooked.

        1. re: HillJ

          We could probably go on all day if we really tried :)

          1. re: CanadaGirl

            As a lover of pudding; all kinds but truly of rice pudding that came to mind immediately. I can't imagine how a separate board would make that much of a difference in this case except to thin out what is today the largest collection of threads of any CHOW Board.

      2. re: small h

        yes, better idea- 'cakes, pies and breads' but then what to do with pudding? how about desserts? i just feel dessert threads get lost in the how do i bake my chicken and why didn't my steak brown? threads. they're probably not as popular but the science behind cooking versus baking are pretty different.

      3. I see your point.

        I think it would create problems, especially with ingredient related questions "help me use up my glut of xyz".

        I seldom bake, but most of the baking I have done over the last few years was directly inspired by ideas shared in threads which were not baking related. Recent example was a thread using oatmeal and an interesting cookie recipe was given (still trying to make it, my kitchen aid has not been unpacked yet). I wouldn't have opened a cookie thread that day but once I stumbled upon this particular idea I was hooked.

        The Cookbook of the Month generally has chapters which would fall into differing boards.
        I would love to see Cookbook of the Month have it's own board - the posts would be so much easier to peruse!

        Weightwatcher cooking threads are another mixed bag...

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        1. re: meatn3

          I'd love to see Cookbook of the Month rec it's place on the CHOW side and up the community inclusion over there :)
          But I think you make an excellent point that COM should have it's own area on this site.

          1. re: HillJ

            yes! COM definitely needs it's own section.

        2. I think splitting the two would be rather problematic.

          Example: For dinner I baked pretzel buns, made sloppy joes and roasted potatoes and we had chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

          With the board split as suggested I'd have to post the buns and cookies on one board and stick to only posting about the sloppy joes and potatoes in the What's For Dinner thread.

          1. I think it is a good idea. When cooks illustrated had a bulletin board they broke up each topic very simply. I am glad I found this site.

            1. I'd prefer a separate board just for recipes.

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                1. re: lovescooking

                  Really good idea...especially if it included a better PRINT function.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  sorry, what do you mean? how do you separate recipes from cooking, functionally?

                  1. re: jen kalb

                    The same way CHOW does it now, by link. Video story plays, recipe is demonstrated but the actual recipe is a link to a recipe page.

                    In the case of CH, recipes would be posted in a Recipe File Board not within the OP/thread.

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      breads, pasta's salads fish , poultry soups.etc.
                      I am new on this site but I find it to be difficult to navigate around.
                      Can someone please tell me how I get to the new posts board, when I type in new posts it is not what I am looking for.

                      1. re: lovescooking

                        "Can someone please tell me how I get to the new posts board..."

                        Do you mean this one?

                        1. re: lovescooking

                          There is no "new posts board." Chowhound's home page includes a list of recent messages, as Servorg shows, but that isn't a message board. When you type in a new post, if it's added to an existing thread, it will appear on the message board where the thread lives. If your new message starts a new topic or thread, it will be posted to the board you are reading when you write it. The new message will also appear in the list of "Latest Chowhound Posts" but that isn't the most convenient place to find it.

                          If you want to see a list of the threads in which you've posted messages of your own, click on the "View Profile" link in the upper right corner of the page.

                          1. re: John Francis

                            Thank you, I am still learning.."slowly, I know"

                      2. re: ipsedixit

                        Are you familiar with the member published recipe function?

                        Here's an example: and as you can see there's a comment section and it prints out quite neatly.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          Yes, I am.

                          I would just prefer a board dedicated to cooking things, and a board left exclusively for discussing recipes.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            I still dont understand - people frequently give recipes as part of our cooking discussions - recipes are part and parcel of cooking. Now if people simply want to share a recipe, I see a utility - but usually it twines in with other things

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              And having the recipe within a CH discussion linked to a recipe file board would make it so nice to save in a personal recipe file profile.

                            2. re: Melanie Wong

                              That works in CHOW...not on Chowhound. Recipes within a thread can get buried pretty deep around here. Unless you have the forethought to save a thread to your personal profile and follow along day to day, you might miss a gem. The Chowhound search engine doesn't define CH submissions that aren't appearing in CHOW quite as neatly.