I have a love/hate relationship with both meatloaf and most recipe blogs. First let’s talk about meatloaf.
Ah, meatloaf. Such a staple. A comfort food. Well not for me. I despised meatloaf. To me, it was nothing more than a giant meatball minus the Parmesan cheese, drier tasting, shaped into a loaf with dried up ketchup on top. Entirely unappetizing.
When I got married and started cooking, I stayed away from meatloaf. Then one day my husband came home from a business trip in New Orleans with a cookbook for me. What? Cajun meatloaf? Sign me up! I learned meatloaf didn’t have to resemble a giant meatball, topped with ketchup.
During my search for a Philly Cheese Steak Meatloaf recipe, I found nothing appealing. And, worse, all of them had ketchup. Now I admit I have used meatloaf recipes requiring ketchup but it just didn’t seem to fit in with the current theme. That is why I ended up making my own.
On to food blogs. There are many I love. A large chunk of what I cook comes from food blogs. Here is my problem: pictures. You finally find a recipe you like and you’re scrolling and scrolling and scrolling until you get to the actual recipe. It’s annoying. And really – do I need to see what flour looks like when it’s mixed with water? Or a photo of your spices all lined up. No one needs to see the progress of most recipes every single step of the way.
Or perhaps I needed more photos for my Philly Cheese Steak recipe. Here are what raw bell peppers and onions look like. This is how they look when I chop them. And here they are in the pan. Take a look at this raw beef. Oh, and there are some eggs over there, in case you didn’t know what they looked like. (I think you get the idea.)
Unless you are showing how to cook something that is extremely complex, you do not need more than 3 photos. You do not need twenty photos of the same finished product twenty different ways. We get it. You like cooking and you like photography. Maybe you should have a separate blog for your photography. Just sayin’…