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Old 08-28-2007, 04:11 PM   #11
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I really only use recipe's for baking, unless it is a new one. I seldom measure anything, upsets my son, he wants my meatloaf recipe, I'd have to guess. No complaints !
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:01 PM   #12
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I can't bake ANYTHING from scratch without a recipe
You have me beat! I can't bake anything from scratch even WITH a recipe!
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:07 PM   #13
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I can make a BLT without a recipe!
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:04 PM   #14
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Most of the dishes I grew up with I can cook in my sleep, no need for recipes.
Many times when I Have TO cook , I just come up with something without any recipes.
Now, when I want to play, I try recipes, sometimes repeat them, sometimes change them.
I don't try to remember every recipe. But I worked hard on getting familiar with the characteristics of different cuisines. So most of the time it's not hard to improvise something.
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:13 PM   #15
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I bet it's a great BLT!!!!!
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:30 PM   #16
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I usually look at a new recipe for inspiration and then proceed in my own way. I seldom use a recipe unless baking. That's the beauty of cooking, free to add or delete or anything you like. I know what I like and adjust to suit that. That's something that drives my kids nuts when they ask for a recipe for something I made but I can't give them the exact recipe.
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:03 PM   #17
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I bet it's a great BLT!!!!!

Thanks, Essie. I still have to look up how to spell it, though.
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:38 PM   #18
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Thanks, Essie. I still have to look up how to spell it, though.
My son used to spell his name just like this

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I gave him a break since he was only 2 We can give you a break too Andy M!!
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:36 AM   #19
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Stocks and an assortment of basic sauces.

I'd definitely agree that it's knowing what works together in what ratios.
That, and a thorough understanding of cooking fundamentals.
Some common sense and science doesn't hurt either.

I usually put a lot of work into developing my version of recipes though, so when I have my laptop around I do take the time to review my notes before cooking. Otherwise I usually do well just on my own.

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Old 08-29-2007, 09:43 AM   #20
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I have a veggie cheese soup that I make without the recipe now and chili is easy without one also. There are 2 chip dips, one sour cream based and one salsa, that I can make without refering to the card and of course my mac and cheese is always a work in progress with different cheeses added depending on what cheese I have on hand. My taco meat is made by just throwing stuff together and no recipe either. When I first saw the topic of this thread I wasn't sure I could add anything but on reflection, I realized there were more dishes I make without a recipe than I realized!
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