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    NoeleenCleary

    Member since Aug 2008

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    10/14/2010: 

    Since the change from RecipeZaar to this ownership I've noticed several of mine are incorrect.  One with a missing ingredient, one with an incorrect ingredient amount, two with the correct ingredients and amounts noted, but the instruction pertaining to use of one or two of the ingredients has completely been eliminated. 

    All of these recipes were double and triple checked for correctness before entering them on RecipeZaar.  Since the changeover to Food.com they are about as incorrect and inaccurate as the recipes on that other site they own, FoodNetwork.com.

     

    Now, to help you with your navigation and use of this site, and just some of what to be aware of: 

    Customer Service: 

    If you wish to reach the customer service forum it's pretty well hidden.  Not on the main page for obvious reasons as you will see.  Click on "Community" on the main page.  Select "All Community Forums".  Scroll way down on the page.  Find and select "Customer Support".  You can also read the "Suggestions & Comments" forum.  Both will give you a very clear idea of just how bad this site has become since Scripps purchased and changed it.  Just for fun you can select the "Other" option, just under "Suggestions and Comments.  You'll find there what's called "The Frying Pan".  Posts there will give you an idea of what the "Community Cafe" forum is all about. 

    Now, on to recipe issues: 

    I found a lovely recipe for Hawaiian Salmon with Pineapple Salsa.  This recipe serves 6 people.  Since I am only one person I changed the servings to 1 serving.

    The original recipe for 6 people calls for (among other ingredients): 

    6 (6 ounce) salmon fillets

    2 (8 ounce) cans crushed pineapple.

    When I changed the servings to 1 serving instead of 6 it reads: 

    6 (1 ounce) salmon fillets

    2 (1 1/3 ounce) cans crushed pineapple.

    Now, I don't know about you but I think I'd rather have 1 (6 ounce) salmon fillet for dinner instead of 6 (1 ounce).  And where are you going to find 1 1/3 ounce cans of crushed pineapple? 

    When I changed the servings to 8 servings instead of 6 servings the ingredients then read: 

    6 (8 ounce) salmon fillets

    2 (10 2/3 ounce) cans crushed pineapple 

    Despite what the food.com cheerleaders, powers that be, and others tell you, the recipes here are not correct and the results when changing the serving size or quantities are grossly inaccurate. 

    Searching this site:

    When "searching" this site don't trust the results given when you sort by "most popular" (formerly "rating").  (Under "relevancy", select "most popular".) 

    Take this test yourself.  In the search field, type in Arroz con pollo.  Sort by "most popular". 

    All of the recipes "Arroz con Pollo" are presented.  4 pages of them. 

    Scroll about half-way down the first page.  You'll notice that Baked Arroz con Pollo has 28 reviews - more than the first one listed.  As does the next one, Arroz Con Pollo 1 Dish Meal. 

    The Arroz con Pollo search is only 4 pages.  Try the same test by typing "Lasagna" in the search. 

    As for "Arroz con Pollo" only the exact name is sorted in the initial sort.  Recipes like "Authentic Cuban Arroz con Pollo", or "The Best Lasagna You'll Ever Eat" could be pages and pages back in the sort, and a much better tried and true recipe. 

    Plan to spend a lot of time searching page by page by page to find the recipe you want.  Don't count on their "sort" engine.

    Ingredient sifter: 

    Forget the "ingredient sifter" at this site.  You're better off going to http://www.supercook.com/   There you can easily enter ingredients you have on hand.  The results returned include not only RecipeZaar (now Food.com) results but also many excellent results from other (now far superior) sites than this one.  Their ingredient sifter is ridiculously easy and uncomplicated to use.  You'll wonder why you ever wasted your time with the one on this site. 

    If you have any questions about any of the recipes I've posted you can find me at http://kittencalskitchen.com/forum/index.php

    Good luck trying to use recipes on this site.  I've given up.  Sick of being lied to and told they're correct by the food.com cheerleaders and the powers that be when they obviously aren't.

    I don't expect they ever will as they already had one "upgrade" and that didn't solve the problem(s).  Didn't get refunds owed to the thousands of former premium members issued to them, either.


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