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

trolley Feb 25, 2012 06:28 PM

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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    small h RE: trolley Feb 26, 2012 05:16 AM

    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
      CanadaGirl RE: small h Feb 26, 2012 05:22 AM

      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
        HillJ RE: CanadaGirl Feb 26, 2012 07:32 AM

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

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          CanadaGirl RE: HillJ Feb 26, 2012 11:48 AM

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

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            HillJ RE: CanadaGirl Feb 26, 2012 12:02 PM

            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
        trolley RE: small h Feb 26, 2012 08:33 AM

        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. meatn3 RE: trolley Feb 26, 2012 07:35 AM

        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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          HillJ RE: meatn3 Feb 26, 2012 07:55 AM

          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
            trolley RE: HillJ Feb 26, 2012 08:34 AM

            yes! COM definitely needs it's own section.

        2. maplesugar RE: trolley Feb 26, 2012 08:47 AM

          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.

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            lovescooking RE: trolley Sep 14, 2012 08:24 AM

            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. ipsedixit RE: trolley Sep 14, 2012 08:29 AM

              I'd prefer a separate board just for recipes.

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                lovescooking RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2012 08:51 AM

                good idea

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                  HillJ RE: lovescooking Sep 14, 2012 08:53 AM

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

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                    ipsedixit RE: HillJ Sep 14, 2012 09:26 AM


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                  jen kalb RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2012 02:18 PM

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

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                    HillJ RE: jen kalb Sep 14, 2012 02:23 PM

                    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
                      lovescooking RE: jen kalb Sep 15, 2012 09:16 AM

                      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
                        Servorg RE: lovescooking Sep 15, 2012 09:45 AM

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

                        Do you mean this one? http://chowhound.chow.com/boards

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                          John Francis RE: lovescooking Sep 15, 2012 11:03 AM

                          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
                            lovescooking RE: John Francis Sep 15, 2012 12:50 PM

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

                      2. re: ipsedixit
                        Melanie Wong RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2012 09:10 PM

                        Are you familiar with the member published recipe function?

                        Here's an example: http://www.chow.com/recipes/11187-pir... and as you can see there's a comment section and it prints out quite neatly.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong
                          ipsedixit RE: Melanie Wong Sep 14, 2012 09:20 PM

                          Yes, I am.

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

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                            jen kalb RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2012 09:33 PM

                            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
                              HillJ RE: ipsedixit Sep 15, 2012 09:19 AM

                              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
                              HillJ RE: Melanie Wong Sep 15, 2012 09:20 AM

                              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.

                          2. greygarious RE: trolley Sep 14, 2012 02:24 PM

                            It ain't broke. Leave it alone. Read what interests you and skip the rest. If we could all have boards tailored to our specific interests, there'd be a cilantro-and-lime-and-anise-free board.

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                            1. re: greygarious
                              HillJ RE: greygarious Sep 14, 2012 02:25 PM

                              LOL, grey. This entire site is touched and retouched on a weekly basis.

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                                buttertart RE: HillJ Sep 18, 2012 06:08 PM

                                I'm with youse guys. Home Cooking is cooking and baking.

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                                  roxlet RE: buttertart Sep 18, 2012 06:15 PM

                                  Agree!! It's fine as it is!

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                              John Francis RE: trolley Sep 14, 2012 11:13 PM

                              I wouldn't want to split posts about cooking in the oven from other kinds of cooking. Let's keep the discussions about home cooking together.

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                                lcool RE: trolley Sep 19, 2012 03:35 PM

                                Even if you separated by sweet and savory,flawed I think.
                                Where to post condiment and ingredient questions becomes problematic.

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                                  chowser RE: lcool Sep 23, 2012 09:09 AM

                                  It's not just sweet/savory but even with baking, you think mostly sweet but there's bread. And, pasta that is very similar to bread making in ways. If someone wanted a way to use ricotta, that could be sweet/savory/baked/cooked/uncooked so where would that go? Post on multiple boards? I think Home Cooking is fine as it is because there are too many shades of gray otherwise.

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