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Next Generation Recipe Sharing

Written by Chris Brogan
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One day, my Mom sat down with me and shared a dozen family recipes from both sides of the family. In there are things like tortierre (sp?) pie, a famous French pork pie with potatoes and enough cholesterol to kill you after one slice. There’s also my favorite date balls (dates, rice, and coconut, but I forget the rest). A dozen whole recipes that came off smeared, dirty, bent and overwritten index cards, and I copied them by hand onto index cards of my own.

And then I lost them.

I have no idea where those cards are. My grandmother’s no-fail pie crust is absolutely gone. If my Mom loses them, I’m out of luck. There goes generations of information, down the drain.

Enter: Recipe Thing.

Sure you can store a recipe in a wiki or up on a website somewhere. Great. But here’s where we go all Web2.0 and make it really neat, right? You can enter recipes, and then these can get shared out into the greater commons of the site. For instance, I have nothing in my recipe box, but here’s one I got from Nick’s box:

Funeral Potatoes


  • 6 medium potatoes, boiled
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons milk


Grate the potatoes and combine with all other ingredients. Bake in a 9 by 13-inch pan at 300 degrees for 50 minutes or until heated through.

Speaking of enough cholesterol to kill you, I think I know why these are named what they’re named.

Not only are there recipes, but there’s a meal planner, a shopping list, and all kinds of other added-in features. I plan to start using Recipe Thing to add my family recipes, if only as ANOTHER place to store that information for future generations. But more so, I’m going to go get a few more recipes from the general public, and share some stuff.

This is a work in progress, and if you’ve got feedback, I know that Nick and his wife are listening. Stop by and get a free account today, and throw a recipe into the box. Social food sharing? Very nice.

Recipe Thing – Nick Senzee

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