How to Read a Recipe

How to Read a Recipe


According to my calculations, about 30 percent of the dishes prepared from written recipes go wrong because the cooks concerned didn’t actually read said recipe. Sure, we glance at them sideways, scan them, peruse them, peek at them, make grocery lists from them, but we rarely glean all the information we really need. This is especially true of dishes being prepared for the first time. Here are a few simple guidelines to prevent this from happening to you.

1. Sit Down: That’s right … sit down at the kitchen table and simply read the recipe all the way through. Don’t make notes, don’t make lists, just read.

2. Read It Again: Highlight any special procedures or sidebars that might change your timeline, i.e. bringing butter to room temperature or soaking dry beans (that’s the one that used to get me). Be careful to note punctuation. For instance, “1 cup chopped nuts” is not the same as “1 cup nuts, chopped.” Nor is 6 ounces of brown sugar the same as 3/4 cup brown sugar.

3. Gather Equipment: I always do this first because if there’s something esoteric on the hardware list, you may need to abandon the dish until you can procure a left-handed pasta roller.

4. Gather Ingredients: Pantry ingredients and dry goods should be corralled into a staging area. Anything that’s missing goes on the grocery list. I do the same thing with the refrigerator/freezer, collecting everything onto one shelf. Whatever’s missing goes on the grocery list. During this phase be especially mindful of ingredients that may need to be thawed, or brought to room temperature. Keep in mind, recipe writers list ingredients in order of use, typically from largest amount to smallest. This is also a cue for the cook as to how the ingredients should be measured and used. For example, if a recipe calls for both a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of oil, we call for the oil first so that the honey will be easier to measure.

5. Note the Order of the Steps: Heat the oven and prep the pans (soak the beans) before messing about with other ingredients. This will save you both time and heartache in the kitchen. And in the case of timely preparations such as egg foams, it may prevent an actual disaster.

6. Always Triple Note Cooking or Baking Times and their ‘Doneness Indicators’: If the biscuits should be golden brown or the butter should smell nutty, your eyes and ears can tell you more than a timer every will.

Above all, learn to enjoy recipes as you would literature. Many recipes you’d never actually cook make for intriguing reading. Just because you’re not going to actually cook Charlie Trotter’s recipe for Three Day Rabbit Stock doesn’t mean you won’t get a kick out of reading it.

How to Read a Recipe by Alton Brown

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    CNN 10

    The U.S. Pulls Troops from Northeastern Syria: Global Shipping Industry Prepares for a Rule Change; Artists with Disabilities Thrive at a U.S. Studio

    Aired October 8, 2019 – 04:00 ET

    THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

    CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Warm welcome to our viewers worldwide. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN 10.

    First story we`re explaining today concerns the United States, the nation of Turkey and the group of Kurdish fighters near a Turkish border.

    Here`s what`s happening: the U.S. military had about a thousand troops operating in northeastern Syria last month. Syria borders Turkey. But the

    Trump administration announced this week that American forces would be leaving the area.

    This is happening as Turkey plans what it calls a ground and air operation. The country says its goal is to establish peace by clearing out terrorists

    from the region. But here`s where things get complicated. Some of the fighters that Turkey sees as terrorists may also be U.S. allies.

    We`re talking about the Kurds. They`re an ethic group that leaves in this part of the world. Some of them have been attacking Turkey`s government

    for decades because they want their own country within Turkey. That`s why Turkey and some other nations see certain Kurdish groups as terrorists.

    But there are Kurdish militias in neighboring Syria that have helped the U.S. defeat the Islamic State terrorist group there. These Kurdish

    militias are U.S. allies and they`re afraid that by moving American troops out of the region, the U.S. is turning its back on the Kurds and opening

    the door for Turkey to attack them.

    The American military says it and President Donald Trump do not endorse a Turkish military operation in northern Syria, and that the U.S. Armed

    Forces would not be involved.

    But Kurdish forces say a Turkish military operation would have a negative impact on the war against Islamic State and destroys stability in the

    region.

    What happens next depends largely on Turkey and what it actually does in Syria.

    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

    AZUZ (voice-over): Ten-second trivia:

    The International Maritime Organization is an agency of what?

    The United Nations, the U.S. government, the European Union, or INTERPOL?

    The IMO was originally the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization when the U.N. established it in 1948.

    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    AZUZ: Glad they simplified that.

    According to the United Nations, shipping delivers more than 80 percent of the world`s trade and the IMO works to improve industry safety and reduce

    its pollution. A new limit on the amount of sulfur allowed in marine fuels is set to take effect in January. It`s intended to decrease air pollution.

    The U.S. government expects that shipping fuel prices will increase next year and settle down afterward, but the shipping industry uses so much fuel

    every day that experts say its search for low sulfur fuels could affect everything from the cost of driving to the cost of flying. Some shipping

    organizations are still trying to figure out how they`ll adopt. Others are sailing ahead.

    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

    JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): On Norway`s west coast, the sea for centuries has delivered a bounty, from fisheries to oil to

    cruise terrorism. But with big industry comes an impact on the environment, which cruise company Hurtigruten has been trying to offset

    with a new fleet of hybrid ships.

    (on camera): The company`s move to hybrid comes ahead of a sea change in the industry itself. Come January, sulfur from heavy fuel oil will have to

    be a fraction of what it was for decades, setting off a scramble in the industry for solutions.

    (voice-over): These engine rooms would soon be transformed to a new hybrid system, combining marine gas oil with electric battery packs, and even

    biogas, produced from organic waste from Norway`s fisheries and forest.

    DANIEL SKJELDAM, CEO, HURTIGRUTEN: Our aim is to show that it`s possible, that we can build the world`s first hybrid-powered cruise ship with

    batteries, that we can be the first ones to start using biogas from a circular economy, and then we expect other ones to pick it up.

    DEFTERIOS: While Hurtigruten has a relatively small fleet and small vessels than the giant cruise liners, some holding ten times the

    passengers, the CEO was hoping his company will have a giant role influencing the industry.

    (END VIDEOTAPE)

    AZUZ: In Oakland, California, there`s the studio whose artwork is sought after around the world. It`s the largest nonprofit center of its kind.

    It`s given tools and inspiration to hundreds of artists since it opened in 1974, but the true secret to its success is the artists themselves.

    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

    TOM DI MARIA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CREATIVE GROWTH: I remember my first experience of seeing this amazing production of art that was different than

    what I had seen and it was such a personal expression by the person making it. They may or may not have had language, they may or may not been able

    to communicate with me, but they`re making this work that`s really, you know, a window into their soul.

    When you ask someone who`s been disenfranchised their entire life to tell me your story it`s amazing how the door opens.

    SUBTITLE: Great Big Story: Art and Soul.

    DI MARIA: Creative Growth Art Center is the oldest and largest center for artists with disabilities in the world. When we were founded, the idea of

    disability, then, was so radically different than what it is now.

    We didn`t come out of a hospital setting or we didn`t come out of a vocational training program, we came out of some artists getting together,

    in a home in Oakland, putting paint on a table in the garage and just saying, this is what artists do, and this is how we can change the social

    fabric.

    From those, kind of, humble beginnings, we now serve 162 artists with disabilities in our studio, every week. It`s a very big space. Within

    that, you`ll find almost every possible expression of visual art. You`ll see the rug making area, the wood shop, the ceramic studio, the fashion

    area, the painting and drawing area and everyone`s working together and everyone can see each other.

    It`s different than most places and some people don`t believe it. Some people think, like, you must have doctors and you must have all these other

    things and how do you deal with the studio everyday. I was like, it`s like, no, you know, art is the common language. And a lot of our folks

    don`t verbalize or speak or they speak sign language, but art is the language that moves us forward.

    DANIEL GARDINER, ARTIST: This is called the oil red sea number one. Red is the only color I can see.

    DI MARIA: You look at work of an artist like Dan Miller (ph), you know, he`s pretty much non-verbal. His mother tried to encourage him to speak by

    telling him how to spell words when he was a boy, every night, and never spoke them until he started to draw them.

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A light goes click, click, click.

    DI MARIA: Look at an artist like Monica Valentine (ph), she takes pins and she takes sequins and colored beads, and she strings those together on the

    pin and she puts them into Styrofoam forms to form these optically charged sculptures. When you realize that Monica has prosthetic eyes and can`t see

    color or see anything, it moves into this whole other range.

    We want their own voice. We want it as pure and personalized as it can be. And 45 years later, it continues to work.

    How`s that building coming along, Pete?

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Slowly.

    DI MARIA: It`s looking good.

    The record of success of Creative Growth is phenomenal, it`s off the charts in terms of what an art school or any other, sort of, enterprise would

    consider to be acceptable.

    We have three artists with work in the Museum of Modern Art Permanent Collection in New York, in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    Collection.

    And, this year, we have the first two people with developmental disabilities, they have work in the Venice Biennale. The Venice Biennale

    is the most important, prestigious, by invitation-only exhibition in the world.

    Their work is sought after. You know, a piece is done, and there`s a waiting list.

    Rosina (ph), I haven`t even said hello to you, yet, today. How are you?

    UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Good.

    DI MARIA: To be able to work at a place like this is beyond anything I had hoped for. I get to work with phenomenally talented people, and to see how

    they negotiate the day everyday, how they get around obstacles, how they continue to say yes, when everyone is telling them no, that`s an amazing

    thing. That`s a life lesson I get reminded of every single day.

    (END VIDEOTAPE)

    AZUZ: In keeping with our art theme, we present to you — pumpkin carving, under water, because it`s autumn in the Florida Keys. This was a

    competition among dozens of artists who work in teams of two to carve out their best jack-o-lantern. The price was a free dive trip in Key Largo.

    And this might be harder than you think because pumpkins are naturally buoyant. So, the carvers had to keep them from floating away while they

    work.

    It`s not always easy to scuba out of pumpkin, and if your skill doesn`t stem from deep seated creativity, you got to be careful not to get

    waterlogged with frustration and just flip your lid. You just take a deep breath, dig in and carve out something nifty, you`ll be sure to do a really

    gourd job.

    I`m Carve-l Asus for CNN 10.

    END

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    Deeleen

    One step of reading a recipe is just sitting down. I didn’t know pantry ingredients and dry goods should be corralled into a staging area. Also I didn’t know that when you re making muffins the butter has to smell nutty.

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    Shrek

    Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me
    I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed
    She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb
    In the shape of an “L” on her forehead
    Well the years start coming and they don’t stop coming
    Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
    Didn’t make sense not to live for fun
    Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb
    So much to do, so much to see
    So what’s wrong with taking the back streets?
    You’ll never know if you don’t go
    You’ll never shine if you don’t glow
    Hey now, you’re an all-star, get your game on, go play
    Hey now, you’re a rock star, get the show on, get paid
    And all that glitters is gold
    Only shooting stars break the mold
    It’s a cool place and they say it gets colder
    You’re bundled up now, wait till you get older
    But the meteor men beg to differ
    Judging by the hole in the satellite picture
    The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
    The water’s getting warm so you might as well swim
    My world’s on fire, how about yours?
    That’s the way I like it and I never get bored
    Hey now, you’re an all-star, get your game on, go play
    Hey now, you’re a rock star, get the show on, get paid
    All that glitters is gold
    Only shooting stars break the mold
    Hey now, you’re an all-star, get your game on, go play
    Hey now, you’re a rock star, get the show, on get paid
    And all that glitters is gold
    Only shooting stars
    Somebody once asked could I spare some change for gas?
    I need to get myself away from this place
    I said yep what a concept
    I could use a little fuel myself
    And we could all use a little change
    Well, the years start coming and they don’t stop coming
    Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
    Didn’t make sense not to live for fun
    Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb
    So much to do, so much to see
    So what’s wrong with taking the back streets?
    You’ll never know if you don’t go (go!)
    You’ll never shine if you don’t glow
    Hey now, you’re an all-star, get your game on, go play
    Hey now, you’re a rock star, get the show on, get paid
    And all that glitters is gold
    Only shooting stars break the mold
    And all that glitters is gold
    Only shooting stars break the mold

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    8====D

    Yeah
    Uh-huh
    So seductive
    I’ll take you to the candy shop
    I’ll let you lick the lollipop
    Go ‘head girl don’t you stop
    Keep going ’til you hit the spot, whoa
    I’ll take you to the candy shop (yeah)
    Boy, one taste of what I got (uh-huh)
    I’ll have you spending all you got (come on)
    Keep going ’til you hit the spot, whoa
    You could have it your way, how do you want it?
    You gon’ back that thing up, or should I push up on it?
    Temperature rising, okay, let’s go to the next level
    Dance floor jam-packed, hot as a tea kettle
    I break it down for you now, baby it’s simple
    If you be a nympho, I’ll be a nympho
    In the hotel, or in the back of the rental
    On the beach or in the park, it’s whatever you into
    Got the magic stick, I’m the love doctor
    I ain’t…

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    man with type 2 diabetes

    We’re no strangers to love
    You know the rules and so do I
    A full commitment’s what I’m thinking of
    You wouldn’t get this from any other guy
    I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling
    Gotta make you understand
    Never gonna give you up
    Never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry
    Never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you
    We’ve known each other for so long
    Your heart’s been aching but you’re too shy to say it
    Inside we both know what’s been going on
    We know the game and we’re gonna play it
    And if you ask me how I’m feeling
    Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see
    Never gonna give you up
    Never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry
    Never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna…

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    your gym coach

    The FitnessGram™ Pacer Test is a multistage aerobic capacity test that progressively gets more difficult as it continues. The 20 meter pacer test will begin in 30 seconds. Line up at the start. The running speed starts slowly, but gets faster each minute after you hear this signal. [beep] A single lap should be completed each time you hear this sound. [ding] Remember to run in a straight line, and run as long as possible. The second time you fail to complete a lap before the sound, your test is over. The test will begin on the word start. On your mark, get ready, start.

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    BTS LOVER

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    still kieran

    its time \\

    vYo listen up, here’s the story
    About a little guy that lives in a blue world
    And all day and all night and everything he sees is just blue
    Like him, inside and outside
    Blue his house with a blue little window
    And a blue Corvette
    And everything is blue for him
    And himself and everybody around
    ‘Cause he ain’t got nobody to listen
    I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa
    Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa
    Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da bYo listen up, here’s the story
    About a little guy that lives in a blue world
    And all day and all night and everything he sees is just blue
    Like him, inside and outside
    Blue his house with a blue little window
    And a blue Corvette
    And everything is blue for him
    And himself and everybody around
    ‘Cause he ain’t got nobody to listen
    I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa
    Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa
    Da ba dee da

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    man

    Slob on my knob
    Like corn on the cob
    Check in with me, and do your job
    Lay on the bed, and give me head
    Don’t have to ask, don’t have to beg
    Juicy is my name
    Sex is my game
    Let’s call the boys, let’s run a train
    Squeeze on my nuts
    Lick on my butt
    The natural curly hair, please don’t touch
    First find a mate
    Second find a place
    Third find a bag, to hide the ho face
    Real name rover

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