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View Poll Results: How often do you try a new recipe
Less than once a month 4 14.29%
1-3 times a month 10 35.71%
4-6 times a month 4 14.29%
7-8 times a month 3 10.71%
9-12 times a month 3 10.71%
13-16 times a month 1 3.57%
more than 16 times a month 3 10.71%
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Old 06-30-2005, 12:42 PM   #11
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I don't do the recipe thing so much... I've always blazed my own trail. Like I may look through a cookbook or some recipes for inspiration for a dish, maybe become familiar with the elements that are an integral part of that dish, but then I always put my own spin on it.

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Old 06-30-2005, 02:40 PM   #12
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only about 1-3 times because idiot is pickier than i am and my son has severe milk allergies so i don't get to try too many new things alot

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Old 06-30-2005, 03:40 PM   #13
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I've never really counted, but I would say anywhere from 10-12 times a month. Half of me wants to always put out new stuff, but the other half knows that I need to stick with what works, even with specials. If I'm doing a brand new special that I've never done before, usually myself, the restaurant manager/assistant manager, the cooks, and the waitstaff will all try it first to see if it passes, or if any flavors need to be tweaked.

Other than that, the formula is basic. Whatever sells we keep, whatever doesn't we switch out. K.I.S.S. No point in making a difficult job even harder.
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Old 06-30-2005, 04:53 PM   #14
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1 - 3 a month. With just the 2 of us, it's hard to sometimes find the incentive to get creative, so I read a lot more good sounding recipes than I actually make. There are also a number of TnT favorites that we couldn't live without, plus going out once or twice a week... well you get the picture.
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Old 06-30-2005, 05:54 PM   #15
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thanks to my wonderful quick cooking magazine I get to try new recipes about half the month.
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Old 07-01-2005, 02:56 AM   #16
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A new recipe is a way to find new taste that may contain special ingredients to use for another excited meal.
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Old 07-01-2005, 08:23 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Tomw
Same here!

The only problem is that I seldom write any of the recipes I make up down, and my wife gets a little annoyed when I come up with something she really likes, and knows I may not be able to repeat it.

BTW, does anyone else here make their own cream-of-[fill-in-the-blank] sauces? I like to when I have the time, but if my wife catches me, she rolls her eyes, and tells me no one does that, and asks me if I am feeling okay.

Tom, if your creation turns out good, write it down before you forget what you put in it!

And yes, I make my own "cream of" sauces sometimes, and I like them better than the canned because I can control the amount of salt, and the flavors are fresher.
The first cooking lesson I got from my grandma was how to make a white sauce, and I remember her telling me that I could use that basic tecnique to cook all kinds of things.
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Old 07-01-2005, 11:09 AM   #18
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I'm around 7-8x per month. Usually 2/3 of my new recipes are desserts, though!
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Old 07-03-2005, 07:14 AM   #19
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Hmm. Maybe I'm using a different definition. I'm always inventing new recipes (I voted before I read). But I have a wall of cookbooks, a couple decades of Gourmet mags, and who knows how many scraps of recipes here and there, and don't use them near as much as I wish. Every fall I tell hubby, "this year, at a minimum, once a month we're going to look at a cookbook and pick out a recipe, more exotic the better, and cook it." The flip side of that is that I'll look in the fridge and pantry and invent a dish probably every week or so. It is really sort of cumulative knowledge. As in, gee, that leftover XXXX with that can of YYYY and some ZZZZ will make a great ...... If that counts, then every few days!
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Old 07-03-2005, 12:26 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by jkath
I'm around 7-8x per month. Usually 2/3 of my new recipes are desserts, though!

And.... there's a problem with that?

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