How to cook a pony. November 13, 2008 4:54 AM   Subscribe

I'm sure someone has asked this before, but how about creating a RecipeFilter™?

I've got this great baguette recipe that's burning a hole in my figurative pocket...
posted by jpburns to Feature Requests at 4:54 AM (47 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Wasn't there talk of a Metafilter cookbook at one point?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:24 AM on November 13, 2008


Great idea, although alternately people posting for or about recipes just really need to tag it such. I just searched the recipes tag and was amazed at how thin it is. Do the mods ever modify tags, rather than leaving it to the OP?
posted by nax at 5:28 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Not sure it merits its own subsite, but I wouldn't mind seeing some kind of project to backtag recipe posts better. Some kind of recipe drive/project/cookbook would also be interesting.
posted by empyrean at 5:36 AM on November 13, 2008


There is EatMe, at the wiki, which isn't exactly Recipe Filter, but close enough, me thinks.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:37 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


By the way, I'm not sure how a pony is cooked but it should involve garlic and some kind of buttered La Creuset dish.
posted by empyrean at 5:38 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


This would be awesome. Off the top of my head, it could be like Mefi Music, only...without the music.

I have some old-world pastry recipes I've been dying to share, and my wife's entrees are fantastic - and getting great recipes in return would be really...for lack of a better term, neat.
posted by notsnot at 5:55 AM on November 13, 2008


I'd vote for this. I consider online recipes the best side effect of the Internet.

I'd like to see a recipe site with comments. Not just reviews, like on Epicurious, but a metafilter-style discussion area where we could ask the recipe's poster questions and share our own modifications and suggestions. Maybe it could more along the lines of Chowhound's discussion boards, but a little less chaotic.
posted by bibliowench at 6:08 AM on November 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


This would be really nifty.
posted by leahwrenn at 6:27 AM on November 13, 2008


I'd like to see a recipe site with comments. Not just reviews, like on Epicurious, but a metafilter-style discussion area where we could ask the recipe's poster questions and share our own modifications and suggestions.

You know, forkd.com does this branching modification thing that might interest you. I don't think recipes.metafilter would be all that worthwhile in comparison to the various other food website out there, but I would totally be up for a mefi cookbook. We could get it printed by lulu or something, and people could order it online. And if everyone could only contribute one recipe, I imagine the quality would be pretty stellar.
posted by Greg Nog at 6:45 AM on November 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


I would love to see a MeFiCookBook.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:48 AM on November 13, 2008


You know, forkd.com does this

From MetaFilter's own snarfois.

Another Mefite-run recipe site is Short Meal Service.
posted by burnmp3s at 6:53 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


nax: I just searched the recipes tag and was amazed at how thin it is. Do the mods ever modify tags, rather than leaving it to the OP?

I have been wondering this as well (not just for recipe posts). I've asked in a couple backtagging threads, and never got an answer. Maybe it is time for a MeMail to the mods?
posted by ArgentCorvid at 6:54 AM on November 13, 2008


Oh yes indeed.
posted by middleclasstool at 6:58 AM on November 13, 2008


I WANT THIS PONY TOO.
posted by lunit at 7:02 AM on November 13, 2008


Yeah we modify tags. Actually usually we just add tags if they're needed. In fact anyone who is a mutual contact of the OP can add tags in AskMe and MeFi [still getting up to speed in MeTa].

That said, please don't just email us URL after URL saying "add recipe tag please!" because that's sort of a pain. I guess we could go through the EatMe wikipedia page at some point and make sure all those AskMes had the recipe tag no them. Do you think people are spelling recipe wrong (guess not)? 275 threads doesn't seem that thin to me.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:05 AM on November 13, 2008


i'd definitely vote for this. i know there's a lot of recipe sites out there and like getting recommendations and links to them from mefi, but there's something to be said for one-stop-shopping so to speak at mefi. kind of like walmart. only not evil.
posted by Soulbee at 7:05 AM on November 13, 2008


Wait until you taste my ColdChef Special Gumbo. It's to die for.
posted by ColdChef at 7:29 AM on November 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


A MeFi Cookbook would be Great! If it actually got published on paper though it might be best to donate the proceeds to charity. In such a project some copyrighted recipes are sure to make their way in verbatim. This can happen even by mistake. Seinfeld's wife got sued. A charitable project, properly set up as a stand alone charitable organization for the sole purpose of donating the proceeds to some warm fuzzy charity like Second Harvest, is unlikely to get sued, or even if they do, all the money will likely be gone by the time of suit. More importantly, donating to charities is a cool thing to do.
posted by caddis at 7:38 AM on November 13, 2008


This is an excellent idea, as long as someone else does all the work!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:38 AM on November 13, 2008


A Metafilter cookbook through Createspace, Lulu or the like would be fun. I agree with the suggestion to donate proceeds to a charity (as long as it isn't Givewell).
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:07 AM on November 13, 2008


Caddis—

Recipes can't be copyrighted. It was the other content and layout that got Jessica Seinfeld sued.
posted by klangklangston at 8:15 AM on November 13, 2008


Recipes can't be copyrighted.

Actually lists of ingredients can't be copyrighted, nor can simple basic directions. Once "literary content" is added to the mix, a recipe is probably copyrighted. Good explanation here, in the section headed "copyright infringement." The US Copyright Office has a blurb on this also.
posted by beagle at 8:25 AM on November 13, 2008


It should cost an additional two fifty to sign up for the recipe thing.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 8:27 AM on November 13, 2008


I would use this.
posted by paisley henosis at 8:30 AM on November 13, 2008


I'd be interested in compiling the recipes (I'm a foodie and a cook myself) and creating a presentation for it if someone has any experience with short-run, web-based publishing. If anyone's got that kind of experience, mefimail me and we can setup some sort of fun charity project here with a print and web version (print if you want to donate, web if you want free yummy food).
posted by scabrous at 8:35 AM on November 13, 2008


Also, assuming Matt gives the okay for this to be MetaFilter related, start sending me your recipes and I'll compile them.
posted by scabrous at 8:37 AM on November 13, 2008


I still have Should I eat this? (see here), and I've never done anything with it. I'd be happy to turn it into a recipe filter site.
posted by boo_radley at 8:39 AM on November 13, 2008


Wait until you taste my ColdChef Special Gumbo. It's to die for.

only if you promise to wash your hands first.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 8:49 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


that gumbo is a nefarious plan to increase business
posted by caddis at 8:54 AM on November 13, 2008


“You kill 'em, we grill 'em!”
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:58 AM on November 13, 2008


Ah, good 'ol Roadkill Cafe.
posted by C17H19NO3 at 10:24 AM on November 13, 2008


Maybe it can include a list of all the "should I eat this?" items from AskMe.

Or not.


I'd pony up another $2.50 for this pony.
posted by headnsouth at 11:01 AM on November 13, 2008


The recipe tag results are "thin"? I'm getting 276 for recipe and 284 for recipes, and I'm paging through them right now and getting ravenous.
posted by tangerine at 11:03 AM on November 13, 2008


Don't forget that there are often multiple recipes in each recipe oriented post! I would LOVE to have this pony.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 11:16 AM on November 13, 2008


@ jessamyn, Okay, first time I searched I used the search box and got just 11 hits. This time I went through the URL /tags and got your 275. So some of it is just remembering multiple/best ways to search.

btw, if you google thus: recipe (foodtype) site.metafilter you'll get anything tagged or with content for that recipe in the blue (and green I suppose. I got almost 5000 bread recipe hits doing this. So many recipes. So little time.)
posted by nax at 11:16 AM on November 13, 2008


I would also like to see this come to fruition.
posted by zennoshinjou at 11:18 AM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Know what would be neat?...

*Actually reads thread*

... uh, what scabrous said. I'd buy a copy.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:14 PM on November 13, 2008


I too would love this.

I think the logical progression is subsite -> cookbook. Use the subsite for e.g. six months to collate the recipes for the cookbook. Then do another cookbook a year later with the new recipes.

subsite: feed.metafilter.com, of course. FeedMe.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 12:53 PM on November 13, 2008


FeedMe, Seymour!
posted by owtytrof at 2:25 PM on November 13, 2008


I vote for FeedMe.
posted by thivaia at 4:32 PM on November 13, 2008


I think it clearly should be CookME.

Or, if you want to be cute, YumMe.
posted by paisley henosis at 5:14 PM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm sure someone has asked this before
Yes they have and mathowie seemed keen on the idea.
posted by tellurian at 9:18 PM on November 13, 2008


I'd love a cookme page. I'm sure there's a large number of mefites with good recipes to share. While there are indeed other sites out there, this is the community I've chosen to join, and if at all possible, you folks are the people I'd like to see recipes from.

And the pony? Well, obviously there'd be some delicious tender bits, sauteed as medalions, probably with garlic and red wine. I'm sure a stew could be made. Some of it could be served nice and raw with soy sauce and garlic (basashi, anyone?). And of course, jello for desert.
posted by Ghidorah at 10:48 PM on November 13, 2008


Oooh! Can we please make it look like a Junior League cookbook from 1968? Pretty please?
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:11 AM on November 15, 2008


Oooh! Can we please make it look like a Junior League cookbook from 1968?

2 cans green beans
1 can Campbell's cream of mushroom soup
1 can french fried "onion" rings

mix green beans with soup and 1/2 can "onion" rings. Pour resulting grey slop into casserole dish. Top with remainder of "onions." Bake at 350F. Serve on TV trays in living room while watching Laugh-in.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 2:06 PM on November 16, 2008


Bake at 350F. Serve on TV trays in living room while watching Laugh-in.

DO NOT MOCK THE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE!
posted by The Light Fantastic at 8:25 PM on November 16, 2008


'Tis the season for casserole mockery, I'm afraid.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 8:14 AM on November 17, 2008


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