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Internet Searches

I was in the habit a while back of going on line and typing in an entrée I wanted to make and getting, immediately, links to many recipes. Then one day, this was no longer possible. Instead, I had to download sites, had to sign in and register and input a password and get their never ending offers by E mail. And when searching their menus, rarely found anything I wanted to make. One of them should have been called “Sugar Heaven”. So, I stopped looking and foomfed along with my limited repertoire. We all know I am unwilling to make anything with more than 8 ingredients, and particularly if those are not things I normally stock. I am not a Philistine. Feta cheese is always in my refrigerator.

But all that has changed again. On a whim, I started to look for recipes and was amazed to see they are instantly available, as they used to be. I am guessing they weren’t too successful at totally controlling the recipe environment. Few or no takers (maybe there is a god).

Next impossible task is getting obituary information for free. All the sites say free free free but they mean searches. We FOUND IT, they all shout, then they want you to sign up for a free trial in order to actually see what they found, and this assumes that out of the zillion or so people with the same name, if it is a reasonably common one, you would click on the exact one you need. Whereas if you could just see the bloody obit, you would know right away.

Of course, I could register to get a free on-line newspaper subscription for the city in which I believe the person I am searching for was living, and this would translate to a very large list of newspaper subscriptions, since I am of an age where many of my acquaintances, far-flung as they were, might have passed. Such a subscription would give me genuinely free access to their obit pages. I don’t pay for searching The New York Times, I can tell you. And, golly, gee-whiz, I just want to know who is still around.

But I am not willing to pay to know. Snarl.

Xx, Teal

posted on Sept 4, 2013 8:35 AM ()


I guess recipe sites would have to prove themselves before requiring people to put their email in. Maybe they alternate their tactics with recognized visitors. The internet's lack of organization is still such a problem. For obituaries I have tried typing in the words I expected to appear in that person's obit, like "So-and-so survived by..." or "So-and-so death" plus any children's/sibling's names if you have them.
comment by drmaus on Sept 19, 2013 4:35 PM ()
Why diversify? Steak works.
comment by elderjane on Sept 13, 2013 10:26 AM ()
My favourite search starter is simply HOW TO in Google-- first time I asked was really surprised .
all these so called free programs want you to put things in the pc beforehand ,or else its a trial
comment by kevinshere on Sept 4, 2013 9:33 PM ()
Free is the word there.Never have to signed up.It is all there
comment by fredo on Sept 4, 2013 2:27 PM ()
Hey. Free is the only way. I would never sign up for recipes. You can have all of mine for free or get my family cookbook on my web site- but you have to buy it on www.Lulu.com
comment by jondude on Sept 4, 2013 11:50 AM ()
Whenever I look at a new recipe these days, I always ask myself 'Would Teal make this one?' and although I'm not as minimal ingredient as you look for, there are some recipes that are too much even for me.
comment by troutbend on Sept 4, 2013 8:59 AM ()
I was making turkey loaf a while back and using the large package I would get at BJ's. More than once it spoiled while I was waiting for when I felt like it. Then I'd freeze portions. But it was a chore and Ed didn't like it all that much, so I haven't done it in a while. He has a limited palate Steak. Italian subs. Cookies.
reply by tealstar on Sept 5, 2013 5:50 AM ()

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