Food With Recipes
Recipes are written procedures for preparing food. They include ingredients, a list of preparation steps, kitchen notes and instructions to prepare a dish. Recipes used in professional kitchens may have a detailed format while recipes kept in personal pocket notebooks for cooks and chefs are often abbreviated.
Dry ingredients are often expressed in weight while liquids are measured by volume. Recipes can also be adjusted to accommodate varying situations.
What are Recipes?
Recipes are step-by-step guides that help people prepare foods and drinks. They are often available in the form of books, booklets, planners, and cards. They can also be found online through websites and apps.
A recipe should include a headnote, general instructional notes, and the ingredients list. The ingredient list should clearly indicate the amount of each item that is needed. It should also list any possible substitutions that can be used to make the dish.
A recipe should also include the method, which details how to prepare the food or drink. It is often presented as numbered steps that are written in a clear way for easy understanding. A good recipe should also provide a total time estimation that includes prep and active time. This helps cooks estimate how long the process will take and allows them to plan accordingly. This feature also helps ensure that the recipe is not too complex for the kitchen staff to follow.
What is a Comfort Food Recipe?
A comfort food recipe is one that soothes the soul with a familiar flavor or smell. The dish may remind you of a special time or place, a happy memory or a good friend. Classic comfort foods include chicken pot pie, grilled cheese and tomato soup, macaroni and cheese, and meatloaf. These recipes are so popular and familiar that they can cross all regional boundaries.
For example, a dish such as shrimp and grits is comfort food for the South. This boiled cornmeal recipe is usually mixed with the satisfying flavors of butter, salt, and cheese as well as shrimp, sausage, or bacon. The result is a delicious meal that soothes the soul of anyone who digs into it.
Avgolemono soup is another comforting recipe that is often found in Greek kitchens. This creamy chicken noodle soup is made even heartier with fluffy dumplings. It’s a dish that will put you right at home with your Mama or a beloved grandmother.
What is a Standardized Recipe?
A standardized recipe is one that has been tried, tested and evaluated to produce a consistent quality and yield each time it’s made in your kitchen using the exact procedures and equipment. These recipes are your foundation for accurate recipe costing and menu pricing.
Standardized recipes are important for foodservice operations, especially those in hospitals. They guarantee consistency in the quantity and quality of food served to patients, staff, and guests. They also help ensure the proper nutrient content and reduce food waste by eliminating the need for cooks to make estimates or over-produce.
Standardized recipes should include a name, category, the specific form each ingredient takes, the amount of each ingredient needed, step-by-step preparation instructions and cooking details, portion sizes, total yield and the equipment used to prepare the item. This information is necessary for accurate food or bar inventory management and a reliable range of recipe or pour costs that will allow an operation to set a reasonable profit margin.
What is a Variation Recipe?
Freya’s use of recipe concepts to generate ideas for meals demonstrates a flexibility in how these recipes/dishes are formed. In keeping with the accounts from many of the other participants, lack of certain ingredients does not automatically lead to a trip to the shops but rather to the formulation of alternative, or variation, dishes/recipes that are still suitable given the available foods.
She keeps particular ingredients that are used in a wide range of recipes as staples and also reflects on the amount of meals each of these will provide when combined with other staples in combination. Her account thus suggests that a greater degree of planning at the provisioning/shopping stage may be possible when more stable, less mutable recipe concepts are employed in provisioning. This is a further area that warrants further exploration. The style variations in food recipes discussed in the text reflect this diversity in provisioning practices amongst consumers.