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Old 06-04-2008, 04:40 PM
 
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I came across an interesting article today on recipe deal breakers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/04/di...=1&oref=slogin

I don't have that many deal breakers, I am pretty adventurous. But some red flags for me are recipes using a dutch oven, candy thermometer, or if I have to buy more than 5 new items ,that I wouldn't normally use, for the recipe. What are some of yours?
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:10 PM
 
Location: San Diego North County
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Lima beans...<shudder>
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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The only things that immediately come to mind are:

1) If the recipe calls for an ingredient that is not readily obtainable in my state/region or country.

2) The recipe calls for an expensive ingredient that can not suitably be substituted with something cheaper (I guess that this could be the same as number 1).

3) The recipe describes a cooking technique in French (or German) that I am not familiar with, or is just plain hard to understand due to a lack of coherent instruction (such as user recipes posted online).
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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Anything that involves rolling dough. Yikes
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Old 06-05-2008, 05:19 AM
 
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corn syrup--i know its in everything and i once made a cake that had it as an ingredient. since then i just refuse to use it in anything i make. i will just go and find a recipe that doesnt call for it.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Pretty much anything which requires serious baking. I will make cookies and brownies but baking really isn't my forte.

I could not decorate a cake to save my life and the one time i tried making bread it was awful.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I'm with Mooseketeer on this one. I LOVE to cook and try new recipes and ingredients. I don't mind finding something exotic or unusual, as long as it is not too expensive. However, I don't really bake. Really, I don't bake. If I make a cake -- usually just for a birthday or two a year -- it is from a box, same with brownies. I tried to make cookies from scratch once and found it to be a big pain........ some people, like my mom, are natural born bakers. Me, not soo much!

Having to use a candy thermometer would be a deal breaker for me too.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Anything that involves rolling dough. Yikes
Agreed on this one!

Also a deal breaker for me is having to use more than 4 separate pots, pans or skillets all at the same time, for one dish.

I made eggs benedict last night & as much as I love it, that dish is a pain! Heat the meat, fry the eggs, make the Hollandaise, toast the muffins, uurrgghh! But I eat the heck out of 'em! Maybe I'm just being lazy!
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Too many ingredients. I don't mind if they are all in the same category -like spices. I can measure out all the spices ahead of time, but if I see a recipe that has a huge list of different things, I usually pass it up in favor of an easier one.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: West Texas
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Mayonaisse (sp?) ... or any recipe that says:

Cooking time: 10 mins
Prep time: 4 hours

Anything that takes that long to prep and that little time to cook CAN'T be all that good!
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