What I miss most about CH are the cooking boards. We used to have some very knowledgeable people logging in, including chefs, to advise everyone, or discuss technique, or unusual ingredients. The cooking challenges were fun, and often pushed you out of your comfort zone.
The COTM thread is particularly depressing. I think next month is going to be Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert. Sounds like quite a challenge.
I would love to see COTM revived here, or perhaps something a little broader, like Cuisine of the Month or Cuisine of the Quarter. That might allow for broader participation across our somewhat smaller base of home cooks.
The Home Cooking and General Discussion areas of Chowhound was really special. There was so much knowledge and love for food in one place. I don’t know of any place on the internet that even comes close at this point. I guess it’s still the best place, but a mere shadow of its former glory.
I’ve noticed that also. It’s one of the things that initially intrigued me about this site.
I’ve never run a thread before, so I’m not sure what’s involved. I’m leaning towards a DOTM for a test run, ideally a dish that exposes us to new ideas and versions from all over. Maybe meatballs, or chicken and rice. One of the things I’ve taught my son is that he can go nearly anywhere in the world and have chicken and rice.
All you have to do is pick a topic and post about it. After that the thread takes on a life of its own and you never know for sure what direction it will take. I strongly encourage you to give it a try!
Ditto what notJR says. Chicken and rice is a good idea, go for it!
I’ve poked a toe into starting a thread, but I don’t understand. If the OP asks a question, is it good manners to respond to each reply? (This questions is probably a good example of bad thread org. But while we’re on the topic. . . )
I think with the case of dish of the month or such, the original poster doesn’t need to respond to everyone posting. I think it is more an interactive between everyone who is participating in the dish of the month thread that month.
I think it’s more of an impersonal thread as opposed to a thread where one specifically asks a question. In those such cases it would be polite to try to respond to people. I always have the attitude that if people take the time to respond, they deserve a response.