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Easy Recipes: Making Multi-Step Cooking Simple

Making Easy Recipes

One of the goals of Recipe Rewrite is to take cumbersome multi-step recipes and turn them into easy recipes. Taking a fairly involved recipe and trying to make it an easy recipe requires a clear flow and step process format. In my cooking endeavors, I found that when i cooked multi-step recipes with standard paragraph formats, one of biggest challenges I faced was not getting lost in the paragraph while trying to look back up the page at the ingredient list. A sentence like: “mix meat, salt, oil, and bread crumbs” in the middle of a paragraph always left me looking back at the ingredient list trying to figure out the amounts of each ingredient I needed. This constant up and down eye movement, would cause me to lose my place in the recipe, lengthened my cooking process and ultimately made the recipe seem more difficult. For anyone who is asking why I don’t pre-measure everything to solve this problem, my logic is the simple fact that it creates more dishes to do so. I don’t want to use 3 dishes for 1 tsp of salt, 2 tsp of baking soda, and 1.25 cups of sugar, as an example.

Unit Building for Easy Recipes

In any multi-step recipe typically you are forming various mixtures and then combing those mixtures at some point(s) in the recipe. An easy example would be a spaghetti and meatballs recipe. You boil the noodles, you make the sauce, and you make the meatballs. At the end of this recipe, you combine all of these various mixtures together to create spaghetti and meatballs. I have termed these mixtures as “units”. So in the case of the recipe above, there is a “noodle unit”, a “sauce unit” and a “meatball unit”. In a standard paragraph recipe format, you need to pre-read the entire recipe if you want to understand where the units are, and the process to create and combine these units. In recipe rewrite, to try to make the “easy recipe” we have the chef create the units one at a time, in a logical order, and when they are combined, we have a term for them, AKA, “combine Unit 1 with Unit 2″ instead of something like, combine “chicken mixture” with “cream sauce”.
Part 2 of this post will be coming soon!

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