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Ideally I plan meals out a few days in advance. I also ideally don’t hang out in pajama pants eating sour cream and onion chips and drinking wine at 10 pm trying to write the NaBloPoMo post I’ve been putting off all day.
But ideally doesn’t always happen.
So on days when at around 6 o’clock I’m like, “Oh. Right. Dinner is a thing,” I enter whatever respectable looking ingredients we have in the fridge into the search box on Epicurious and pick out a recipe that seems manageable. To figure out if a particular recipe is *actually* manageable I make a point of reading a couple of the reviews. Usually this is very helpful. But sometimes it goes like this:
yield: makes 6 servings
*This is a real, very very tasty recipe on Epicurious. You should totally try it.
I give this no forks. It was horrible. My macaroni didn’t come in a package so I just didn’t cook it at all beforehand. I also don’t have an oven so I microwaved it. Seriously. No one should make this recipe. What was Epicurious even thinking? – A. Cook from Omaha, NE
This was just OK. I don’t like sour cream but I do like ice cream so I just used that instead. My kids gobbled it up though. – A.Cook from Renton, WA
What the hell is wrong with all of you liberals and your whole grain this and organic that? I grew up on Kraft and I’m just fine. I will now go on a 1500 word rant during which it becomes clear that I have a visceral hatred of farmers’ markets and no intention of ever making this recipe. – A. Jerk from Louisville, KY
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This recipe is the best thing since sliced bread! I made the following modifications: I’m on a gluten free diet so I omitted the macaroni and my wife is lactose intolerant so I also omitted the milk, sour cream, and butter. I didn’t have any carrots on hand so I substitued in asparagus and since lemon and olive oil goes better with asparagus than mustard and eggs I went in that direction instead. I also added two porter house steaks. While my steaks were cooking on the gas grill I steamed the asparagus and drizzled it with the lemon and olive oil. It was hands down the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had. Great recipe, Epicurious! – A. Cook from Mobile, AL
*I made these reviews up. They are only slightly hyperbolic.
At times recipe reviews are not so much helpful as they are annoying. A few days ago I got hysterically awesome confirmation that I’m not alone in being irked by this.
When I was checking out a pasta recipe I found that I could click through to “Gourmet’s” recipe for Salted Water for Boiling. Obviously I had to do it because the fact that this recipe exists at all is hilarious enough to warrant investigation.