Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The "Veto" Words in a Recipe

When I see a recipe that initially looks interesting, I then carefully read the ingredients and instructions.

There are certain words I look for that I call "veto" words — cheesecloth is one example. Clarified butter is another example. The presence of these kinds of words effectively vetoes the recipe for me. In other words, I'm no longer interested in trying to make it.

It's not that I can't figure out where to buy or how to use cheesecloth; it's simply that I've learned to distinguish between recipes that have or don't have a fuss factor to them. As much as I travel and as busy as my schedule is, I just don't bother trying to prepare recipes at home that are a real task.

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