587th Friday Blog Roundup
I am in a bad mood after a baking disaster, and I’m taking a break to write this and think. My two choices are to start over completely — I can see everything that was wrong with this recipe and can correct it with a second attempt — or to try to salvage what I have. Currently I am leaning toward salvaging what I have because it took me hours to make, and re-making the cookies throws me off schedule. Plus… you know… I hate waste. But I’m really cranky about it.
I went with a recipe from the Kitchn. The recipe was simple enough — a bar cookie — and the picture was beautiful. With the exception of correcting an amount (I was fairly certain the author wanted me to put a teaspoon of vanilla into the cookie and not a tablespoon), I followed the recipe to a T. My batch looked lovely… up until the point when I tried to cut it. And then the various layers fell apart, and I was left with a crumbly mess on the cutting board.
Here’s the thing: A few times, I got my cookies to look like the picture. And it made me realize that the author of that article probably made several batches to get that one perfect picture. The rest of her cookies were probably also in pieces. She just wasn’t showing me those.
And that is the point of this rant. As much as there are a lot of fantastic recipes on the Internet, there are also a lot of shitty, you-probably-shouldn’t-make-this recipes being churned out to fill site content. This recipe should have been edited until the results were consistent. Or the author should have been honest and explained that the reason you can only get 12 enormous bars out of a 9 x 9 pan is that if you try to cut the cookies any smaller, they’ll fall apart.
But moreover, what cooking sites need to realize is that they do not need to produce content at a frantic pace. I would rather they take their time and put up one cookbook-worthy recipe per week than throw up 6 half-baked recipes in a single day. In fact, I am suspicious of any cook or baker who posts too frequently because doing so means that they aren’t taking the time to truly test and perfect their recipes.
That’s the end of my rant. I went through my feed reader this morning and unsubscribed from about 8 blogs that post unusable recipes, and added 2 that feel a lot like Cooks Illustrated in that they point out all the ways they have failed when making the current recipe. I need more bloggers like that in my feed.
Stop procrastinating. Go make your backups. Don’t have regrets.
Seriously. Stop what you’re doing for a moment. It will take you fifteen minutes, tops. But you will have peace of mind for days and days. It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Helping Ourselves” (No Kidding in NZ)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Our Wish has a post responding to a song her husband sent her, a sweet moment except that it contained a line that gave her pause. They are doing a donor egg cycle, so she knows that her “beautiful baby” will not look just like her. But it’s an interesting post about how her mindset has changed since they’ve made the decision to proceed with another woman’s eggs. And I especially love this line: “It’s just our reality and my heart accepted it long before my brain did.”
Notes from the Ninth Circle points out that while some people want to banish the “shoulds,” there are actually a lot of places where “should” defines the moment. She should have her baby with her. She should be able to conceive again. It’s a tiny post that makes you think.
Lastly, Infertilityhonesty has a post about a moment that came up in her yoga teacher training. She explains: “There’s always that question, at least for big mouths like me, when embarking on new social situations, of how and when I’m going to initiate people into my reality.” She comes out to her classmates about her loss and her grief, and as she says, “I get to be here, participating in life truthfully, just like everybody else.”
The roundup to the Roundup: Cranky with dishonest food photography. Your weekly backup nudge. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between March 11th and 18th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.