Monday, December 8, 2008

New Feature on The Kosher Chef: Beta Recipes

So, this week I have a double header for you. I've got two recipes to share. The problem is, I'm not happy with either of them! But as an inventive chef, I would be remiss in my duty if I did not share them with you. So, I've come up with a new idea for my blog: "beta" recipes. That means I am going to share with you not only my successful recipes - but also my failures. I find it really useful to learn from my (and other people's) culinary experiments that simply just fall flat.

It's interesting how certain technologies these days have pretty much redefined the word "beta" to mean "we're just experimenting and if you don't like it it's not our fault" - it used to be that a beta release of software was just a scaled back version of the full thing with a bunch of bugs, and not really production-level quality. These days though, I see almost everything marked as "beta" when it really is production-level.

So, I am going to take a page from the tech sector and warn you that when I choose to mark a recipe "beta" it means I'm not quite happy with the flavor, consistency, texture or appearance. For example, it might taste good, but the texture might be a little weird. Or, it could be exactly what I had in mind, except in reality the flavors just didn't come together the way I'd hoped. I'll always try to describe in the comments preceding the recipe what I liked and what I didn't like, and how I think I am going to play with the recipe in the future.

Of course, being a perfectionist with my food, I won't just let a beta recipe languish forever. I plan to try it again and again until I get it just right. And when I do, you can definitely expect me to post a "recipe redux" with my improvements!

With those reservations pointed out, you can try making the recipe as posted, and you might really like the taste of it, which is great! I'm quite aware that what doesn't appeal to me might be amazing to some people. Or, what I'd really hope for is that you can see my comments on where I think the recipe failed, and take it and make it your own way, with your own flair and flavor to see if you can improve the recipe. I'd love to encourage this kind of culinary creativity. All I ask though is that if you do improve on my recipe - let me know! Post a comment on the blog and tell me how you made my recipe so much better - I'd love to learn from you, my readers!

Keep on cooking!

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