Re: instructions

Subject: Re: instructions
From: Susan Guttman <sguttman -at- semantix -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 15:05:41 -0500

I am remembering the first time I made K M&C - I was in my early twenties,
and I recall that I was also unsure as to whether I should be following ALL
of the instructions, both stovetop and then microwave.

The instructions were as Michele said, in small print and seemingly
sequential. I had adequate kitchen experience, but I was dealing with a new
and unfamiliar product; as far as I knew, maybe it was completely proper to
start the dish on the stovetop and complete it in the microwave.

End of the story: I used my judgement - when it finished on the stove, it
looked edible, so I ate it - but it could very well have been otherwise.
When dealing with something new, I'm usually open to the idea that there's a
lot I don't know, and that my assumptions may be wrong for the situation to
hand... Here endeth the lesson.

-Susan, thinking about nice hot macaroni and cheese on this wintry day...

on 1/3/01 3:02 PM, Michele Davis at michele -at- krautgrrl -dot- com wrote:

> I wasn't implying we should write multi-lingual instructions. I was stating
> that
> the instructions need to be clearer, and perhaps better laid out. Tracy's
> mac-n-cheese package seems to be marketed to a less literate audience.
> An aside, the two kids did know what mac-n-cheese looked like, both have been
> cooking with me since they were little (2-3 somewhere in that age range) but I
> said, "Follow ALL the instructions." Which they did!
> "Brierley, Sean" wrote:
>> The ten-yr-olds need more training, education, and experience in the big
>> picture that is their kitchen and in recognizing what prepared macaroni and
>> cheese actually looks like.

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