A very common, almost tired complaint you hear about recipe blogs is that it takes too long get to the actual recipe. Usually, doing so requires scrolling past a story involving at least one elderly matriarch, a note on a husband’s manly appetite, and six photos of the same bowl of soup. (Sometimes there is also a photo of a child “helping”.)
But now there is RecipeFilter, a Chrome extension that pulls the recipe out of the morass of personal asides and endless photos, and displays it in a neat little box on top of the blog text. Finally, I can learn how to make Creamy Italian Chicken Breasts, without having to read about someone’s spouse.
The filter works well, but not perfectly. Hilariously, it does not work on this very website, so you will continue to have to read — or at least scroll by — every single one of my words. But it works quite well on lifestyle and recipe blogs — which honestly are the worst offenders — as well as sites such as The Kitchn and Epicurious (but not Food52 or Bon Appetit).
Also, if there is a blogger whose stories and photos you like to read and see, you can add them to the extension’s “blacklist”, so that you may continue to enjoy that writer’s journey.