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Do you have someone you can call

In a home cooking crisis??

I ask because I had an issue making pea soup this week and had a number of people I could (and did) call. In the mean time as I was getting started someone else posted a similar inquiry here so I learned a few things. The key was none of it was "crisis" so no time sensitivity.

It got me thinking how the web has really become a "life line" for the "OMG- my xyz is still frozen, undercooked, looks weird, will I kill someone with this" situations when you need help ASAP.

So what's your knee jerk reaction in those moments? Do you immediately pick up the phone or do you go right to your computer?? Why?

ETA- one benefit I see of the computer is the opportunity to gets LOTS of responses in a short time period, the con is you also risk getting lots of conflicting responses.

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  1. Computer. My circle of friends, doesn't cook like we do. They would say chunk it and head to the nearest restaurant.

    1. I would look it up on Google. Chances are the answer will appear in a CH thread though.

      I have never had anyone to call with a cooking question, ever. I was always the best cook in my immediate circle. (Shhhh-don't tell them that!)

      1. As noted: Call me...next best thing to being there!!! anytime...

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        1. re: PHREDDY

          You have to actually post your number for that to work.

          1. re: foodieX2

            I'll show you mine, if you show me yours...
            My e-mail address is published and in that is my #

        2. I'm the one the family calls. And some of my friends, too.

          1. Depends on the issue. If it's related to a family recipe or involves cooking familiar to my broader family, I'll call my Dad. I have no friends to call (indeed my closest friend was surprised recently to find out that you can make mashed potatoes from actual potatoes and not a powder).

            Any other issues - it's the internet (for unfamiliar topics) or the Joy of Cooking (for basic technical questions).