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1. What is this site about?

The primary purpose of this site is to provide a way for individuals to store recipes on their computer. We just add the benefit of not having to worry about installing any programs. As an added bonus, you can make recipes in your database available for others to view and discuss.

2. Do I have to share my recipes?

No. There is no requirement that any of your recipes be available to anyone but yourself. The down side to this is that there can be no discussion regarding the recipe while it is private.

3. What is this recipe discussion I keep hearing about?

If your recipe is publicly available, there will be a link at the bottom of the recipe that says "Read User Comments". This link will take you into the chat area for your recipe.

4. How do I post links to other sites in my comments?

The comment engine is designed to automatically detect hyperlinks. If you type in "www.mysite.com" into your message, it will automatically become linkable once submitted.

5. I don't have a computer monitor in my kitchen! How am I supposed to cook this stuff!?

Run back and forth, of course! Seriously though, you can print out a recipe by clicking on the "Print" link at the bottom of the recipe. If for some reason that link is unavailable, then you can click on the "File" menu item in the upper-left hand corner of your web browser, then click on "Print". We also offer support for Palm Pilots so that you don't need to kill so many trees. Just click on the "Add to Palm Pilot" link on a recipe and follow the instructions.

6. I see a link in a comment. If I click on it, will I leave this site?

No. The hyperlink engine automatically opens links in new windows. This allows you to visit the link without losing your place in the discussion.

7. I have a question not answered here.

If you can't find an answer to your question, you have two places to turn. One is to post the question to a chat area, the other is to go to the Suggestion Box and send us your question directly.

8. I tried a recipe and it doesn't work!

The recipes in the public directory are submitted by our users and are in their personal database. Many times the user has not even tried the recipe, but intends to in the future. In this case, you can ask the user not to make their recipes public until they have tried it.

Another common problem is that recipes often work fine for some people, but not for others. The reasons for this are wide and varied, but a couple common reasons are altitude (yes, it does make a difference!) and ingredients. For example, organic ingredients are often much coarser than most processed ingredients. You should probably check user comments on the recipe to see if someone has already stated a solution, and if no one has, post your own comment with your experiences.

9. Why should I register?

In order to keep everyone's private databases seperate from one another, we had to implement user accounts to associate recipes with. To this end, we only ask for basic information (name, email, password) to establish your unique account. This information is also used when you post a comment in an effort to discourage spammers and keep My Recipe Database clean. (Of course, any companies willing to contribute are most welcome.)