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Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 1:55 AM


Chyenn has posted a resource titled "Allrecipes". You will really find this site to be an invaluable tool. I have used it quite often in the past...

Best feature about this site is:
Conversion scale in US and METRIC amounts is shown with every single recipe! It will calculate up or down for the amount of ingredients required for ANY amount of servings...and I am saying any amount!

Example - You found a recipe that typically makes four portions, you tried it and liked it. Someone asks that you bring the dish to serve 15 people for a holiday, potluck, or group event and you say, er....sure. NO PROBLEM! Go to the site, enter 15 portions and THE ENTIRE RECIPE CONVERTS AT ONE TIME!

Oh, is it ever a good resource! Play around with it...ask for potato salad for 75 portions...lots and lots of potatoes... I did a cut and paste for a recipe originally created for four portions in US and METRIC and then requested for two portions. Here are the results...
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

"You will never want to eat frozen veggie burgers again. These are so easy, and you'll be proud to have created such a vegetarian delight."

Original recipe yield 4 patties

US Ingredients -
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 egg
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs Servings

METRIC Ingredients -
1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
0.5 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
0.5 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 egg
8 g chili powder
6 g cumin
5 ml Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
55 g bread crumbs

** Using Conversion for two servings -
US Ingredients -
1/2 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/4 onion, cut into wedges
1-1/2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 egg
1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
1/4 cup bread crumbs

This recipe could have been easily converted without the conversion tool because all the ingredients are in an easily divided amount, unless of course you are going from US to METRIC. But don't underestimate the value...we certainly know not all recipes are this straightforward!

Zeedee  (Level: 222.1 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 8:28 AM

I like Allrecipes for the comments or reviews. If 17 people say "Too salty!" you know to start off with less salt and then adjust to your taste, for example. I also like

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 12:41 PM

LOL...I'm glad she was able to post it...I tried about 5 times the other day and finally submitted a bug report about kept saying I was leaving a required space blank!

I use allrecipes nearly every single day. I do a search based on the main ingredients I have on hand, then change the order to get the highest rated recipes first. I always try to reorder the reviews so that the most helpful ones are first, because those will have the most valuable modifications to make. This has come in sooo handy when I've wanted to try a recipe based on something I had once...long ago....can't remember for the life of me what it was called, but it had chicken, tomatoes and mushrooms...

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 2:19 PM

Chicken Cacciatore by chance? Recipes from different regions of Italy vary and that determines whether or not mushrooms are added...but of course, the major determining factor is who's making the dish! Fairly basic recipe but always a good choice for company...filling and economical served with pasta! The standard CC is made with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, Italian seasonings and sometimes bell pepper is is fine as well!

Also a great meal to prepare in a slow cooker... If interested, I've posted a basic recipe under the topic "Let's Get Crocked"!

Chyenn  (Level: 200.8 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 5:02 PM

my oldest daughter has questions about cooking quite often and comes to the rescue every time. i have the site bookmarked so i can find it quickly when she calls.

i like the articles from the master chefs, the special newsletters each holiday with a bit of history and trivia about the featured foods; and, as already mentioned, the reviews are very helpful in deciding whether to prepare the recipe as is or alter it.

Halston  (Level: 7.0 - Posts: 8)
Sat, 7th Mar '09 7:30 PM

Thankyou so much for the good resource. If you can handle French , the equivalent is (and even if you cannot handle French, there are videos and images). You might just visit it for fun. Had no trouble reaching all recipes from here (France).

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Wed, 23rd Sep '09 5:30 PM

I belong to Allrecipes as well, just got a great one for chicken with honey and mustard tsp curry. Excellent look for it. I think I will try to breakfast bake 1mks, and I would definitely sub spinach for arugula.

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