What are your recipe pet peeves?A big one for me is when a recipe writer instructs you to use a very specific piece of equipment that an average cook is unlikely to have in her cupboard — but the recipe writer tries to pass off this extraordinary request as normal. As in, "Next, butter your 7x10" rectangular ceramic baking dish and..." or "Run this mixture through a chinois (or a tamis)." Yeah, right. I feel that if that specific piece of equipment is really needed, at least call attention to it in a headnote and tell us why it's so important.
Another one is when an ingredient in the list is followed by a note saying "ideally organic" or "preferably freshly harvested." Sure, those things are ideal, but it's not always possible. Besides, I feel like I can make the decision on what ingredient to buy on my own.
Phew! It feels good to get those off my chest. Your turn!