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Old 02-14-2005, 09:46 AM   #11
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You're right, I'm not a sweets lover. When it is "my turn" to make desert, it will inevitably be fruit or cheese. I don't look down on baking, I just feel it is a science, and I'm lousy at science. All that measuring just isn't me. I love cookbooks and recipes, but never follow a recipe .... I often wonder when people ask, "What should I use if I don't have (like) an ingredient?" This seems like such a simple concept to me. But I'm approaching (very, very quickly) 50 and have been cooking for over 4 decades. So perhaps it is a natural instinct to know that many people don't like cilantro, so put some sprigs in a vase on the table so people can garnish their own Asian or Mexican dishes. That children love to play with their food, so hands on foods are great if there are kiddies around. That .... well, you get the picture.

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Old 02-14-2005, 03:11 PM   #12
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I love looking through recipes to get ideas, but I don't think I've ever followed any recipe to the letter. I'm always tasting, adding, leaving things out, substituting things etc., I often come up with excellent pasta sauces that I just invent as I go along - but then can never remember what I put in them LOL!


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