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Old 01-31-2010, 07:43 AM   #1
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Anyone else have this problem?

This just happened this week, but for the millionth time. I've cooked something, and one of my guests calls me later for the recipe. When I have a recipe, I'm more than happy to share it, but in fact, I rarely use a recipe. That's not quite correct. Later today I'm going to make my version of boeuf bourganion and I pulled out three cookbooks to read, then will wing it without actually using any of the recipes. So when someone calls me, I can sort of talk them through it, but can't give specifics. It makes me feel idiotic. I think my friends think I'm being coy, but most of my cooking is by feel and taste. This last was cooking a whole artichoke. The friend had never had one before she visited us and we sat on the porch and nibbled. In fact, I cold tell her how to trim it, but I nuke them, and microwave ovens vary so much .... well, I was no help at all!

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Old 01-31-2010, 08:31 AM   #2
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Yep, has happened to me before. I cook like that a lot too, I got it from my Gram who cooks by feel and taste also. All my friends know this how I cook and that sometimes I have an exact recipe and sometimes I don't. (Even if I do I can't stop the temptation to modify it after a few times). I try my best to explain it or write it down, but they understand.

Don't feel idiotic. I am sure many people would envy that you can cook without a recipe or know how ot make one out of several.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:38 AM   #3
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And then there is the supposed friend who swears I won't give her the recipe because she cooks better than me She is a good cook, but this one is hard to explain. I've made them for her, but that isn't good enough. Oh well such is life
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:52 AM   #4
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As a side note - SO decided that last night's dinner (the Pork Soup) "is a keeper" so right now I am trying to remember what I did and type it up so I have a guide to go by next time. How much celery? I used what was left onthe stalk. Onions, well about 2 medium but I also used up the leftover inthe fridge....
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Old 02-01-2010, 08:06 AM   #5
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Soups, stews and casseroles tend to be the worse for me if someone wants to reproduce them, because besides a few key ingredients, I tend to use what is on hand. Even lasagna ... many have asked for my recipe. So I have to remember. Did I use ground beef or Italian sausage. If the latter, was it the turkey sausage this store sells or the beef/pork that the other store makes. Did I use canned tomatoes, or did I make the sauce from frozen, roasted summer tomatoes? Did I use cottage cheese or ricotta? Or was that the year I made three lasagnas for a party (one vegan, one seafood, and one sausage) and which one is she talking about? And that's lasagna, of which I have a basic concept. Most soups are a real whatever thing.
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:21 AM   #6
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I do too.... but I also make sure that for dishes I like a lot, I measure stuff at least once.
Then, I can provide the recipe, and when I go, it will still be around for others to enjoy.
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:31 AM   #7
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I hardly ever use a recipe for main dishes and many sides - but always use them for baked goods. My soup is never the same twice since I taste and add what may be lacking and always season my sides to taste adding whatever I think will make it better at the time. I had a sister in law who always asked for recipes then if she made it she would crow about how much better hers was than mine. I finally stopped giving her any recipes at all. She wasn't a very nice person anyway.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:07 PM   #8
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I wished people asked me for my recipes. No one ever does.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:51 PM   #9
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I have a lot of dishes that I make just based on a picture I have seen and try to make it like that. It is hard to give the exact proportions of the ingredients.
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Perhaps tasting spoons came into use because the taste characteristics of many ingredients have some variation? Also, bread recipes are generally a starting point that needs to be modified based on a variety of on-site conditions.
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