In Response to Re: Seriously beginner question:
Hi Heather - welcome to VBB. Mary Jo answered your question just fine but I'm going to add a bit. When a recipe says "divided" it means you'll use part of an ingredient in one section of a recipe and part in another. For example - if the recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate morsels, divided,... just read on in the recipe to see what amount they want you to use where. It will say something like, "melt 1 1/2 cups of morsels and add to batter". Then it will ask you to use the remaining 1/2 cup morsels on the top of the batter. Did we make any sense?
Posted by Nancy G
Every now and then you'll find a recipe that doesn't say divided in the ingredients, but when you read through the recipe it will say what you are supposed to do with the particular ingredient. That's why when I teach classes I always tell my students to read all the way through the recipe first.