A recipe is a set of instruction used for preparing and cooking a certain food, dish, or drink. The purpose of a recipe is to have a precise record of the ingredients used, the amounts needed, the way they are combined and any notes from experience gained.
(1) The Recipe Name will tell you what you will be making. Sometimes there will be notes or personal information on the recipe included.
(2) There are three primary components to a recipe. The first is the List of the Ingredients, and the second is the Amount to be used.
(3) The third is the Preparation Instructions. A well-written recipe will list all ingredients in the order they will be added in the Preparation Instructions. A well-written recipes will spell out the pan size needed, cooking temperature, and how much of each ingredient to use.
(4) Some recipe will include Variations to the recipe.
Read your recipe carefully before starting: Make sure you have all the ingredients that are called for and that you understand the recipe clearly. This is the common reason recipes fail. If the recipe says "room temperature," there is usually a very good reason for that.
When preparing a recipe for the first time, it is recommended that you follow the recipe exactly so you have an initial template of how it is intended it to look and taste. After that you can experiment from there.
Why a recipe does not work
There are some recipes that do not work and this is usually because of a misprint, an editing error, and the recipe not being tested properly before printing.
Mise en Place
Mise en Place ((MEEZ-ahn-plahs) is a French culinary term which means “everything in its place.” This means that you have purchase, prepared, and pre-measured all the ingredients before you start the cooking.
Related Public Forum Threads
Recipes and Cooking Hints - A thread asking for recipe submissions.