In the time it takes garlic to sizzle in hot oil, a recipe or cooking technique can catapult from nowhere to Internet sensation.

But what exactly fuels the fire? To get some clues, we turned to our dot-com colleagues: Lorraine Goldberg, social media manager; Elizabeth Martin, senior manager of community and content; and Richard Kozel, director of content taxonomy.

Each emphasized there's no set way to make a recipe go viral. Sometimes it's a gorgeous food photo; other times, it's a hack of a beloved classic. Or the recipe might be an underdog whose time to shine has finally arrived.

The bottom line: Share what's intriguing to you. Your recipe may not end up a viral hit, but you'll have a blast trying. —Scandogirl