What should I expect when trying out a recipe?
Please let me begin by sharing with you that I believe a recipe is first and foremost a written guide meant to aid the prospective cook in replicating, as closely as possible, a given dish.
When I develop a recipe to share, I make my directions, ingredients and ingredient quantities as accurate and close to my presentation of the dish as humanly possible; however, they can never be one hundred percent exact.
Though cooking requires a certain degree of exactness and technique, there are far too many variables involved; as many variables as there are different people preparing the same recipe. It is important to understand this before attempting any recipe, as the writer of the recipe also intends for the followers’ participation in using their own palette to guide the process.
It’s important to taste as you go, and use your own judgment, as well. Also important to note is that what one person may find pleasing about any given recipe, another may not—that’s what makes us all as colorful and unique as we are.
So before getting too upset with me, your humble recipe developer, for creating what you may perceive to be a terrible dish, consider that I am not there to personally guide you through it, and really can’t say one way or another whether the recipe was actually followed and executed in exactly the way it was intended to be, or the way that I did it.
The recipes that I choose to share on my blog are recipes that I believe are worthy of being shared, attempted and enjoyed by others—that’s why I’m so enthusiastic to share them.
If something doesn’t turn out as you thought it would or ought to, before sending off an angry comment to me, please consider the possibility that your personal process with the recipe may have yielded different results from mine.
That being said, I encourage you to try new things, have fun and enjoy the process—YOUR process! Remember: it’s only cooking.
What is considered proper etiquette when it comes to commenting on your blog?
My husband and I view this food journal as our “home” on the web. Together, we pour a lot of love, energy and care into every single aspect of it to create a website that everyone, old and young, can enjoy.
Our intention is to keep “The Cozy Apron” as positive a place as possible, and reserve our right to not post rude, destructive and what we find to be critical-for-the-sake-of-being-critical comments. We hope you can understand this.
And yet, as much as we love hearing that someone has a wonderful experience with a recipe and their entire family blanketed them with kisses after they prepared it, we also have no issue with posting a less-than-stellar comment or review of a recipe, as long as it is respectfully, thoughtfully and constructively written, and still leaves room for others to decide if they’d like to try the recipe out for themselves.
Just as I wouldn’t dream of coming into your home with muddy shoes on and dirtying up your beautiful, clean carpet, I hope that the same consideration and respect will be given to our home on the web.
And on a side note, we're more than happy to allow for a fellow blogger's URL to be connected with the name of the comment writer; however, we do not allow for any links plugging a blog or blog post to appear within a comment—they will be removed.
Can I use the recipes and photos found on “The Cozy Apron” on my own site or Facebook page?
First and foremost, ALL CONTENT (which includes photos, post writings, recipes and videos) found on this site is property of “The Cozy Apron”, and is copyright protected.
We do not allow for our original posts and recipes to be posted anywhere other than thecozyapron.com; however, you are more than welcome to use a photo in featured post with a link back to our site for the original recipe. If you have an interest in sharing one of our recipes in its entirety, you must first contact us for permission. We absolutely want our recipes to inspire you to share the love, but without sacrificing the integrity of what we've created.
And with the permissible use of our content, we most definitely expect that proper credit be given to “The Cozy Apron” with a link to the original post source. No “scraping” is tolerated, as frankly, we consider that the theft of our original, creative content. Not cool.
Please know that there's an incredible amount of work that goes into the developing of the recipes, the creative writing, and the photography found on thecozyapron.com; so it's rather disheartening when we find our material on another blog or social media page being used without our permission.