Another must read essay from Shuna Fish Lydon's eggbeater blog about Testing Recipes. I love her thoughtful, humorous, insightful prose. A favorite passage (among many):
"But if you can take a recipe into your own hands, and really look at it before you buy the best butter, and spend all day bringing everything to room temp and clearing all surfaces for your next floury masterpiece, then I assure you that recipe will return the favor. Work with the recipe, do not let the recipe order you around."