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When you're sharing a recipe with others, please remember to add "cook's notes" to the recipe if preparation might be unusual. You will be appreciated greatly if your notes are added. For example, I have just finished making a recipe called "Minnesota Apple Cake" that I got several years ago from a Minnesota paper. Although I have been baking for more than 50 years, this recipe's preparation was very unusual (to me) and after popping it into the oven, I have no idea what I will end up with.
Part of the prep was to combine 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of oil in a separate bowl. Directions said "pour into egg mixture ..." that mix did not pour because it was like sludge sliding down out of the bowl. And later in the preparation, I was to "pour the batter" ...
I had to scoop out the batter it was so thick and no way did it spread. In fact, I was so disgusted that I turned the mixer bowl upside down on the counter to see if it would move, and it didn't! Now, this creation may turn out to be one of the finest cakes I have ever made, but I'm not banking on it right now! A simple notation or two by the originator would have saved me a lot of worry!
One of the things I always loved about collecting recipes was the pretty recipe sharing cards you wrote your recipe on. They gave your shared recipe that "personal touch"! In this computer age, most are typed.
I hated sharing a recipe with no cute "frills", and found the recipe card templates awkward to use, so I created a cute top boarder template to use for all of my recipes.
On Microsoft Word, I created a top border, and found a few cute clip art pieces to place with it, and then saved it. Now when I have a recipe to copy for my folders, or to send out and share, I copy and paste it onto my unique and easy to use recipe card to share, Walla! A recipe card with a personalized touch!
By Jamie from Minneapolis, MN
When submitting recipes, quote sizes of items e.g. 16 oz bottle (instead of just the word "bottle" in the instructions. Many more of the great sounding recipes could be tried then.
By Mairmie from Edmonton, AB