You're Doing It All Wrong!
April 3, 2011 7:38 PM   Subscribe

You're Doing It All Wrong A collection of How-To cooking videos from Chow.com.
posted by ColdChef (46 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
OK anyone having the same problem? the bean video goes about 20 seconds and then keeps loading the next damn video.. and throws another commercial in while its at it.
posted by ReeMonster at 7:41 PM on April 3, 2011 [8 favorites]


Apparently I'm doing something wrong because trying to view the videos keep crashing my browser. I get through the advertisements and then there's nothing and I have to restart my browser.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 7:44 PM on April 3, 2011


Ok I got the video to work and I'm having the same problem as ReeMonster.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 7:48 PM on April 3, 2011


From the nacho video:

If you're using meat or beans, you want to spoon them on to each chip.
...
No matter what toppings you use, make sure you spread them out evenly, just like you did with the meat and beans.


It's totally charming how sober she assumes I'm likely to be when making nachos.
posted by Greg Nog at 7:48 PM on April 3, 2011 [24 favorites]


I can confirm the video does not work.

Firefox 3.6.16, adblock. Plays an ad, plays 18 seconds, then plays another ad.
posted by inedible at 7:50 PM on April 3, 2011


You're doing web design all wrong.
posted by maudlin at 7:52 PM on April 3, 2011 [7 favorites]


(Skipping ahead to the stir-fry video: it's working).
posted by maudlin at 7:53 PM on April 3, 2011


I got to see the entire mashed potatoes video, but I'm having the same problems as above on Grilled Cheese. Still though, it was nice of Chow to break up their advertisements with a little bit of content.
posted by Nedroid at 7:53 PM on April 3, 2011


Some of these are actually kind of useful and charming...but the nacho and sushi ones seem to have an uncomfortable combination of condescension and infomercial fail.
posted by Jazz.bot at 7:59 PM on April 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


The tea video cuts out like the bean video does and those are the two I want to watch the most! The mashed potato one is interesting, I think I'm going to try her technique tomorrow but substituting soy milk instead.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 8:05 PM on April 3, 2011


If you have a chance to work with Hubert Keller, and you don't let him do every fucking episode, you're doing it all wrong.
posted by dracomarca at 8:18 PM on April 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I apologize for the video problems. They were working fine for me, but they don't seem to be now.
posted by ColdChef at 8:18 PM on April 3, 2011


I'll let our multimedia team know about the video problems people are having and see if they have any solutions.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:23 PM on April 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


Aw, it's not your fault, ColdChef.

I couldn't see the whole Keller episode on the burger, but he does seem charming. He will be my second Euro-French boyfriend after Jacques Pépin.

On preview: thanks, jacquilynne!
posted by maudlin at 8:24 PM on April 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


FWIW, I emailed the site about the problems we've been having. Dammit.
posted by ColdChef at 8:24 PM on April 3, 2011


I wish the videos were working right, I like chow.com despite sometimes seeming SEOish. Plus I really need to learn how to harangue potatoes (wait, wrong thread...).
posted by codacorolla at 8:26 PM on April 3, 2011


This was already in my bookmarks; did I not find the site on MeFi?

The grilled cheese and mashed potato videos, despite their simplicity, were very helpful to me.
posted by archagon at 8:32 PM on April 3, 2011


This was already in my bookmarks ---It might be there because the bacon one was all over the blogs not that long ago.
posted by crunchland at 8:39 PM on April 3, 2011


FWIW, I emailed the site about the problems we've been having. Dammit.
posted by ColdChef


Eponysterical?
posted by quadog at 8:51 PM on April 3, 2011


yes, i know that i do mefi all wrong.
posted by the aloha at 10:01 PM on April 3, 2011


This is a great site that is frustratingly totally FUBAR
posted by stbalbach at 10:30 PM on April 3, 2011


"when cookin' beans..."

Cold Chef, be honest, is that your cousin?
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:35 PM on April 3, 2011


He will be my second Euro-French boyfriend after Jacques Pépin.

Wow, blanching zip-locked basil in the microwave for pesto, who'd a thunk?
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:42 PM on April 3, 2011


I can't believe how much milk went into those mashed potatoes.
posted by netd at 12:13 AM on April 4, 2011


I thought that clicking on View Comments would help with the video problems, as it opens a new window with its own video player. Unfortunately that video player also fails with the message 'The video you have requested is unavailable or may have expired' after a few seconds :(
posted by netd at 12:16 AM on April 4, 2011


That pumpkin pie recipe looks yummy. I've never thought of using an actual pumpkin before. I'm kinda wondering why I never have.
posted by majonesing at 12:31 AM on April 4, 2011


Sponsored by Olive Garden?
posted by parmanparman at 2:37 AM on April 4, 2011


The video you have requested is either unavailable or is being blocked by an ad blocker installed in your browser.

Sooo...apparently, Chow insists you sit-through the Doubleclick-supplied ad, or you get no video. Fail.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:13 AM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Anybody that starts off a coversation with: "you are doing it wrong," probably should spend a bit more time learning techniques of polite conversation.

Also, wow... while some of these things are cool, its like telling me there's only one way to peel a banana. There isn't - as much as a pretentious asshat would have you believe.
posted by Nanukthedog at 4:29 AM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well it isn't an ad blocker causing the issue, as I don't run one.
posted by netd at 4:52 AM on April 4, 2011


I'm not sure what the hell is wrong with this page. I watch the ad, and then 20 seconds of the video and then it jumps to another one.

VERY FRUSTRATING!!!
posted by gen at 5:01 AM on April 4, 2011


Now I want breakfast nachos.
posted by Splunge at 5:10 AM on April 4, 2011


Sooo...apparently, Chow insists you sit-through the Doubleclick-supplied ad, or you get no video. Fail.

I watched the commercial and about 8 seconds of video before it told me the video was no longer available.
posted by srboisvert at 5:24 AM on April 4, 2011


The bean video stopped after about 20 secs but I was able to watch the stir-fry, sushi and roasted vegetables videos with no problem.
posted by Majorita at 5:48 AM on April 4, 2011


I'm chatting with our Producer about it, and she's refreshing the cache on the bean and tea videos which people have specifically mentioned as being problems and that should help. If there are any other videos that have started and then cut out on people, let me know, here, in MeMail or at info@chow.com and I'll make sure she gets the information. Also, if you're still having trouble with bean or tea, let me know that, too.

Sorry for the lack of working videos. We're always excited when MeFi links our stuff, and it sucks that you're not able to view the videos trouble free.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:47 AM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


The video you have requested is either unavailable or is being blocked by an ad blocker installed in your browser.
Still get this message even after disabling Adblock. Add my vote to the 'Fail' column.
posted by SyntacticSugar at 7:03 AM on April 4, 2011


No problems here at this time. Using Chrome with standard extensions.

Gotta say too, I love this stuff.
posted by lampshade at 7:37 AM on April 4, 2011


Borked for me last night, but working fine now. Thanks ColdChef.
posted by puny human at 8:20 AM on April 4, 2011


They're working now in Firefox 3.6 -- even the beans video. Thanks, jacquilynne!
posted by maudlin at 9:38 AM on April 4, 2011


I love Chow. I like the "Obsessed" videos better, though. Novella Carpenter is my favorite one. Read her book, it's hilarious.
posted by Leta at 9:38 AM on April 4, 2011


Excellent content... I was having problems with a few this morning and they are all good now... but the Burger one is dying after a few seconds.
posted by cirhosis at 10:35 AM on April 4, 2011


I'm sorry, but those mashed potatoes looked like disgusting glop.
posted by slogger at 11:16 AM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Glad I got to this post late as I didn't experience any viewing glitches. And I love this FPP because I just watched the beans video and I was most impressed. Plus I learned a ton. Now need to find a source for fresh beans.

Can't wait to check out more of these. Irritating preliminary ads are worth it.
posted by bearwife at 11:35 AM on April 4, 2011


THE BEANS VIDEO IS NOT VERY GOOD.

This method is superior.

That is all.
posted by Diablevert at 5:47 PM on April 4, 2011


Works fine in chrome for me.
posted by Obscure Reference at 8:08 PM on April 4, 2011


THE BEANS VIDEO IS NOT VERY GOOD.

I disagree. I thought it was very informative. Beans seem simple, but can be surprisingly hard to get right.

I will say that he recommends cooking in the same liquid that you soak the beans in, and the French chefs say that to avoid, um, tummy music, you should cook the beans in fresh water and discard the soaking liquid.
posted by puny human at 8:16 PM on April 4, 2011


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