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The Problem With Holiday Cooking

Madi Keezer

Posted on November 28, 2020 20:08

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Recipe websites make me irrationally angry, especially during the holidays.

Well, the holiday season is upon us. Although it looks different this year, my traditions are still going strong. I've already made cranberry bread, watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and suppressed the urge to throw my phone across the room. Nothing makes me more irrationally angry than recipe websites. Apparently, Christmas is a time of giving, so I think it's high time to give these bloggers a piece of my mind.

Imagine this: It's Christmas Eve and you are soon to be headed to your aunt's house. Everyone had picked out what they were bringing months ago. An hour before you're supposed to leave, cousin Tim says he can't make it. He has COVID. Good for cousin Tim for staying home, but now you don't have a pumpkin pie. Horror. With an hour to go, you whip out your phone, pull up the first pumpkin pie recipe you can find and wait for it to load. And wait. And wait some more. You get the idea.

The last thing I want to be doing during a stressful day of cooking is wasting away precious time on a cooking website. Have I reported a cooking website before in a fit of rage? It's possible. Somehow they are always filled to the brim with content. The worst part is that when all of the ads, pop-ups, and classic internet scams finally load in, then I've got an entire book to scroll through until I get to the recipe. I do not need to know about the author's childhood in Minnesota when all I'm looking for is how long to keep this pie in the oven. I don't need the fancy fonts, thousands of pictures, or the author's thesis on what type of butter I should use, either.

If there are any internet chefs out there reading this, I'm sorry. I respect your effort. After all, we're both writers. I may be projecting the stress that this year has given me onto poor bakers trying to share their recipes. After all, the wait is usually worth it in the end. Either way, the holiday season should allow us to take our minds off the mess that is 2020, at least for a day or two. May your Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years', or whatever else you're celebrating be filled with lots of joy, good food and short and sweet recipe websites.

Madi Keezer

Posted on November 28, 2020 20:08

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