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Old 12-12-2016, 01:54 AM
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Default Internet recipes that don't turn out

So, I'm trying to eat healthier. And rather than buy expensive cook books where you end up liking maybe one recipe, I look online and try recipes there.

I print off the recipes, buy the ingredients, follow the recipe to the letter. For example, I printed off a Brown Rice and Lentil Casserole recipe that sounded delicious and had a picture that looked pretty good. Used the exact measurements, cooked it at the exact time and temperature called for...and it's soupy gravel.

I know I'm no master chef. All I want is something that tastes good, is healthy and is reasonably simple to make. I don't have money to waste on food that doesn't turn out nor time to "tweak" every recipe I see that should be correct as written.

Screw this, I'm making mac & cheese.
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:46 AM
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I've had that happen before, as well. I think sometimes it has to do with altitude, oven temp (oven temps can be off), cookware being used, and just cook times being wrong (i.e. they give you a specific instead of a range).
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Old 12-12-2016, 01:37 PM
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When I find an online recipe I tend to scan through the comments on it like on allrecipes.com - you just gotta realize some people will be like "This recipe is amazing but I changed <insert changing the entire recipe so it's completely new>." Or "This recipe is awful I made it <insert completely different ingredients and cook time."

A lot of times thought they'll be really useful because they might go "Following it to the letter ended up giving me sludge soup, I tried again <with slight alterations> and it came out perfect!"

So try that website, because a lot of people will have done the tweaking and figuring out for you.
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Old 12-12-2016, 09:55 PM
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Other than basic tweaks to things I already know, the only thing I've looked up was homemade alfredo sauce. Basically just heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and butter. It honest to God was the best tasting alfredo sauce I've ever had in my life. 15-20 minutes later, I was in the bathroom dying from the amount of dairy I just had but totally worth it.
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Old 12-13-2016, 11:06 AM
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Sometimes the problem is the recipe includes some amount of pre-setup (to use an easy example, using cold pre-cooked rice rather than making some fresh) that the recipe author thinks is too obvious/commonplace to mention, but the actual average reader wouldn't think about.
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Old 12-14-2016, 01:49 AM
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Sometimes the problem is the recipe includes some amount of pre-setup (to use an easy example, using cold pre-cooked rice rather than making some fresh) that the recipe author thinks is too obvious/commonplace to mention, but the actual average reader wouldn't think about.
This is often the case; I've run across a lot of recipes that you can't tell if you're supposed to cook ingredients beforehand or use raw.

I put the casserole in the fridge for a couple of days. The rice and lentils soaked up the excess liquid and it's a lot better. I think next time I'll try it in a crock pot; I do my best cooking in a crock pot.
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Old 12-14-2016, 06:01 AM
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I hate to say I have stayed away from the internet recipes. I since I am now single again after being married for 20 years and then an 11 year cohabitation situation I have begun to cook more than just pre-prepared box type meals (GF passed 9 months ago after a 6 year degenerative brain disease). My Ex-wife had this old country kitchen cookbook (originally published in 1953) that her and I loved using many years before. I found a decent copy on Amazon for a great price = My first house warming gift to myself LOL (next is battery packs for my power tools after all of the ones I bought 10 years ago finally died). This book contains tried and true recipes that I know work and are fairly simple to execute.
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Old 12-17-2016, 05:46 PM
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This reminds me of Grandma, especially the part about the comments. It wasn't an internet recipe, but one out of a magazine that it had given a prize. She got her expectations up high. When she mixed up the batter, she thought it was too runny, so she added a bunch of extra flour or something. The final result was a cake that was too dry, which of course was the fault of the recipe, not the modification.
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Old 12-30-2016, 05:52 PM
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Other than basic tweaks to things I already know, the only thing I've looked up was homemade alfredo sauce. Basically just heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and butter. It honest to God was the best tasting alfredo sauce I've ever had in my life. 15-20 minutes later, I was in the bathroom dying from the amount of dairy I just had but totally worth it.
Have you tried it with different Parmesans? I know that you can get Parm that's been aged different times. Some is sharper than others, I think.

But yeah, homemade alfredo sauce rocks. My wife made some once for a turkey roulade. I couldn't get enough.

Over Christmas, I actually made a risotto in a crock pot. It actually turned out really, really well. Took over four hours, though. but worth it!
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I hate to say I have stayed away from the internet recipes. I since I am now single again after being married for 20 years and then an 11 year cohabitation situation I have begun to cook more than just pre-prepared box type meals (GF passed 9 months ago after a 6 year degenerative brain disease). My Ex-wife had this old country kitchen cookbook (originally published in 1953) that her and I loved using many years before. I found a decent copy on Amazon for a great price = My first house warming gift to myself LOL (next is battery packs for my power tools after all of the ones I bought 10 years ago finally died). This book contains tried and true recipes that I know work and are fairly simple to execute.
Best stuff I've found online is probably Alton Brown (they don't show him in the UK). I believe most of his stuff is accessible from the US on YouTube. He doesn't just show you recipes he explains why you're doing something... and sock puppets. Another good one is signing up for Americas Test Kitchen, get the months freebie and rampage through the site and stay signed up to the newsletter - stuff that's featured in the e-mails is normally fully viewable for a couple of weeks after.

If you're able to see it the BBC archive is pretty good, get some Jamie Oliver for healthy & easy dishes. Just resist the urge to beat him with a Thesaurus.

As for books, check the thrift stores for stuff published by Ted Smart, you'll normally find they have good solid recipes with plenty of relevant pictures
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