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Old 01-26-2007, 10:34 AM   #11
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I tend to go grocery shopping 3 or 4 times a week as I don't keep a well-stocked freezer (never have). There are basics I keep around but I really don't plan my meals more than one day in advance unless I am expecting company or I know we will all be home and we have all decided on what to have. I'm a "figure it out at the last minute and fly to the grocery store" kinda cook.

I will follow a recipe if I've never made it before - if there is something I know I will not like or I want to change it, I will. There is nothing wrong with following a recipe that turns out great over and over.

So, technically I'm #1 - I will hunt another recipe using a left-over ingredient I have from that recipe if need be.

THEN - a smaller percentage of the time I just go with #2. As long as I write it down we can have it again! I hate when I don't write down a "winner".
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:45 AM   #12
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I'm a little bit #1 and a little bit #2. Depends upon time, place, mood, etc.
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:57 AM   #13
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I used to be strictly #2. Now I'm a combination of both. Interesting thing is that now I find myself cruising the produce section and planning the meal from there rather than the meat counter. I'm playing in my mind - and then by the time we're home I've got one or two riffs going on.

We're going to have to eat down the freezer and because of the situation on the boat we'll have to shop more frequently.
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:24 PM   #14
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I'm a bit of both. I have an idea of what I want to make and usually have to shop for a few of the ingredients. I always have to shop for the protein because I don't store anything in the freezer.
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:36 PM   #15
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I am about 99.9% a number 2. I have the ingredients on hand and base the meal on what is in stock. Then I have an idea of the technique I want to use, or a particular blend of ingredients. Then I look for the recipe to fit my ingredients and technique desired. I rarely go out to purchase an ingredient. The only time in the past few years I have gone to the grocery specially to purchase an ingredient, was recently with the lemon semolina pudding cake recipe. I do not keep fresh citrus in stock and I made a special trip to buy fresh lemons.
I wouldn't say I make up my own recipes. Sometimes I look at several recipes at once and blend the recipes to my tastes.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:08 PM   #16
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I think I am more of a 2, I don't live close to any major supermarkets. So, I have improvised alot based on what is on hand and what is in season. If I am making something that requires something out of the ordinary, I have to plan for it.
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Old 01-27-2007, 07:27 AM   #17
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Definitely a 2. I keep a very full pantry, and what I cook is based on what I have ... most of the time. Hubby and I do on occaision choose a recipe and go out and buy the food for it. But I cook at least a half dozen meals a week (we're retired) and can fix a Chinese stir fry, a Thai soup, a snitzel mit kraut, etc, just from my pantry.
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Old 01-27-2007, 07:33 AM   #18
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I do both. Since we have retired, I don't plan very far ahead. For instance, I don't have a clue about what tonight's dinner will be. Better work on that.
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:52 AM   #19
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a little of Both, but mainly #2.
#1 kicks in if I REALLY fancy something in particular and don`t have all I need (or I forget to take it out the freezer).
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I'm a combination of #1 and #2.
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