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Old 07-10-2014, 10:14 PM   #201
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Wouldn't dream of it. Love my old beat up edition. Whole sections have come loose from the binding. But I just keep stuffing it back between the covers.
Sounds just like mine.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:21 PM   #202
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I have 43, just counted them. They're on a bookshelf in the den. Most of them are keepsakes from my late mother and grandmother. One day they'll be my daughters'. I love the little dog eared pages and handwritten notes. I've found old coupons and yellowed newspaper recipes stuck among the pages. They sure are fun to browse through.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:15 PM   #203
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Although I have over 100, I should have asked, if you follow recipes to the "T" or cook to your own taste? I look at lots of recipes and use the basics, (seasonings,tech. etc.) but mostly my cookbook is in my head! For 1st time recipes I do follow and read all the way through, then I may change the style of cooking, add spices, omit spices, what ever I'm cooking . And sometimes (as "Dawg" can attest to) it's hard for me to post a recipe because I don't measure, I just add to taste! Pizza dough, for one, I never measure flour, I just add enough so it does not stick to the bowl. If I want a wetter dough, then I may have it stick to the texture I'm looking for, but I don't measure!
I do the same thing when adding seasoning, I don't measure, I add to taste.
Anyway, I'm just wondering? Who else cooks as I do? Not stuck to cookbook recipes?
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:26 PM   #204
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I agree, S&P. I rarely follow a cookbook, but love to read them for suggestions. I am a miserable baker, just hate having to measure so precisely, and much prefer to cook by taste.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:49 PM   #205
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I'm the same way. It's almost impossible for me to follow a recipe exactly. I'm always adding more of this, less of that, substituting....etc., etc. I'm not much of a baker, either.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:59 PM   #206
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I don't follow most recipes. If I've asked for a recipe for something I have eaten, then I stick to it. But most of the time, I think of recipes as suggestions.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:09 AM   #207
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I agree, S&P. I rarely follow a cookbook, but love to read them for suggestions. I am a miserable baker, just hate having to measure so precisely, and much prefer to cook by taste.
I must say Dawg, when it comes to baking, and I'm not very good either! I do admit, I do follow recipes. As baking is more precise then just cooking.
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:13 AM   #208
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Apparently I'm in the minority. I follow recipes. If I'm making something for the first time, I follow the recipe. I may make a tweak or two after eating it but then that becomes the recipe I follow.

If I make something SO, family, guests and I really like, I have to be able to repeat that recipe for the next time. I can always do that.
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:56 AM   #209
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I write down my tweaks and make sure my recipes are repeatable. I read for the ideas of flavor combinations, essentially creating my own recipe out of the many I may read. When I decide what I am going to cook, I reference my cookbooks and what I can find online and create my own recipe.
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:28 AM   #210
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I write down my tweaks and make sure my recipes are repeatable. I read for the ideas of flavor combinations, essentially creating my own recipe out of the many I may read. When I decide what I am going to cook, I reference my cookbooks and what I can find online and create my own recipe.
This is what I do, much of the time. And then while I'm cooking, I season to taste.
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