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  1. #1
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Do you use recipes for cooking?

    I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but then
    if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it, and
    don't need to refer to it again.

    Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice.
    Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the house.

    I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    precise measurements than most cooking does.

    Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar. Or
    if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what I
    am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I wasn't putting
    nearly enough chili powder in it.

    So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?



  2. #2
    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?

    On Aug 12, 4:15*pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > I find that most of the time I do not. *I might make a recipe once but then
    > if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it, and
    > don't need to refer to it again.
    >
    > Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice..
    > Such as enchiladas or soup. *I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >
    > I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    > precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >
    > Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    > make. *I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar.*Or
    > if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what I
    > am doing wrong. *For instance the meat for my taco salad. *I wasn't putting
    > nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >
    > So when you cook... *Do you use a recipe most of the time? *Or not?


    About 50/50.

  3. #3
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?


    "Chemo the Clown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Aug 12, 4:15 pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but then
    > if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it,
    > and
    > don't need to refer to it again.
    >
    > Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice.
    > Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >
    > I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    > precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >
    > Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    > make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar. Or
    > if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what I
    > am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I wasn't putting
    > nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >
    > So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?


    About 50/50.

    Thanks!



  4. #4
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?

    On 12/08/2011 7:15 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but then
    > if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it, and
    > don't need to refer to it again.
    >
    > Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice.
    > Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >
    > I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    > precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >
    > Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    > make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar. Or
    > if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what I
    > am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I wasn't putting
    > nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >
    > So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?
    >
    >


    I follow recipes when I bake. For other cooking, recipes are guidelines.
    I have some baking recipes memorized. I recently tried a recipe for
    grilled pork tenderloin that I found online. It's probably the only
    recipe I have followed in the last 6 months.

  5. #5
    A Moose in Love Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?

    On Aug 12, 7:15*pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > I find that most of the time I do not. *I might make a recipe once but then
    > if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it, and
    > don't need to refer to it again.
    >
    > Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice..
    > Such as enchiladas or soup. *I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >
    > I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    > precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >
    > Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    > make. *I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar.*Or
    > if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what I
    > am doing wrong. *For instance the meat for my taco salad. *I wasn't putting
    > nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >
    > So when you cook... *Do you use a recipe most of the time? *Or not?


    I use recipes as a guide line. Most of the time. Sometimes I'll
    follow the recipe to the letter.

  6. #6
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?


    "Dave Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:lJi1q.361788$[email protected] .com...
    > On 12/08/2011 7:15 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    >> I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but
    >> then
    >> if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it,
    >> and
    >> don't need to refer to it again.
    >>
    >> Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way
    >> twice.
    >> Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >>
    >> I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    >> precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >>
    >> Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    >> make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar.
    >> Or
    >> if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what
    >> I
    >> am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I wasn't
    >> putting
    >> nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >>
    >> So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?
    >>
    >>

    >
    > I follow recipes when I bake. For other cooking, recipes are guidelines. I
    > have some baking recipes memorized. I recently tried a recipe for grilled
    > pork tenderloin that I found online. It's probably the only recipe I have
    > followed in the last 6 months.


    I don't do a lot of baking any more. But things like apple crisp, I don't
    need a recipe for.



  7. #7
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?


    "A Moose in Love" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Aug 12, 7:15 pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but then
    > if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it,
    > and
    > don't need to refer to it again.
    >
    > Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice.
    > Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >
    > I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    > precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >
    > Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    > make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar. Or
    > if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what I
    > am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I wasn't putting
    > nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >
    > So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?


    I use recipes as a guide line. Most of the time. Sometimes I'll
    follow the recipe to the letter.

    Thanks!



  8. #8
    I'm back. Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?

    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:j24c6s$pd9$[email protected]:


    > So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?
    >
    >
    >



    I use them as a giude, and end up doing my own thing to the original recipe,
    sometimes it enhances it, sometimes not :-)



    --
    Peter Lucas
    Hobart
    Tasmania

    Nothing ever truely dies
    the Universe wastes nothing
    everything is simply... transformed

  9. #9
    Kent Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?


    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:j24c6s$pd9$[email protected]..
    >I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but then
    >if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it,
    >and don't need to refer to it again.
    >
    > Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice.
    > Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >
    > I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    > precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >
    > Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    > make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar.
    > Or if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see
    > what I am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I wasn't
    > putting nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >
    > So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?
    >

    Almost always.... The exciting thing about cooking, of course, is that once
    you've made a dish you can and do drift out on your own, and become a
    scientist of sorts.








  10. #10
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?

    On Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:15:58 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but then
    >if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it, and
    >don't need to refer to it again.
    >
    >Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice.
    >Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >
    >I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    >precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >
    >Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    >make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar. Or
    >if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what I
    >am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I wasn't putting
    >nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >
    >So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?


    I'll follow a recipe when ratios are critical like making peanut
    brittle, nougat, caramel, taffy, and other confections... and when
    quantities are critical for food safety such as pickling, curing
    meats, and canning. But I don't can anymore and it's very rare that I
    cure meats anymore but I still do a lot of pickling. For everything
    else I cook without a recipe as I never measure anything more
    accurately than by eyeball and I use what I have, it doesn't matter if
    I use an onion, potato, or carrot more or less, or omit the celery or
    peppers altogether because I ran out and going to the store is too
    inconvenient (why I keep dehy veggies on hand). About the only thing
    I weigh is ground meat... I grind it all and then weigh it so I'll
    know how many burgers it will produce within my range of 12-14 ounces,
    then I weigh each only to keep them roughly uniform. My cook pots
    determine how much, I just keep adding until they're full. Tomorrow I
    plan on making my summer squash stew again... there's no recipe, it's
    however many ingredients will fill my 16 quart pot this time, I have a
    glut of squash... I'm contemplating braising some pork chops in the
    stew too.

  11. #11
    Polly Esther Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?


    "Kent" <keh6444@ana[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:j24fq7$dta$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:j24c6s$pd9$[email protected]..
    >>I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but
    >>then if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made
    >>it, and don't need to refer to it again.
    >>
    >> Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way
    >> twice. Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the
    >> house.
    >>
    >> I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    >> precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >>
    >> Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    >> make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar.
    >> Or if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see
    >> what I am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I
    >> wasn't putting nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >>
    >> So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?
    >>

    > Almost always.... The exciting thing about cooking, of course, is that
    > once you've made a dish you can and do drift out on your own, and become a
    > scientist of sorts.
    >

    I *use* the recipe but that is not to say that I'll follow one to the
    letter. So far, most recipes that call for 2 eggs will be okay with one
    whole egg and just the white of the other one. If a candy recipe doesn't
    have any salt, I add a little. IMHO candy just Needs a bit of salt although
    I rarely add salt when cooking. And, of course, there are little tricks
    that we have learned along the way - such as never try to do meringues on a
    rainy day. Recipes don't tell you that; you just learn better. Polly


  12. #12
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?


    "I'm back." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] 5...
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:j24c6s$pd9$[email protected]:
    >
    >
    >> So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    > I use them as a giude, and end up doing my own thing to the original
    > recipe,
    > sometimes it enhances it, sometimes not :-)


    Thanks!



  13. #13
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?


    "Kent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:j24fq7$dta$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:j24c6s$pd9$[email protected]..
    >>I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but
    >>then if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made
    >>it, and don't need to refer to it again.
    >>
    >> Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way
    >> twice. Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the
    >> house.
    >>
    >> I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    >> precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >>
    >> Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    >> make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar.
    >> Or if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see
    >> what I am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I
    >> wasn't putting nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >>
    >> So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?
    >>

    > Almost always.... The exciting thing about cooking, of course, is that
    > once you've made a dish you can and do drift out on your own, and become a
    > scientist of sorts.


    Thanks!



  14. #14
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?


    "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > "Kent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:j24fq7$dta$[email protected]..
    >>
    >> "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:j24c6s$pd9$[email protected]..
    >>>I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but
    >>>then if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made
    >>>it, and don't need to refer to it again.
    >>>
    >>> Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way
    >>> twice. Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the
    >>> house.
    >>>
    >>> I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    >>> precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >>>
    >>> Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    >>> make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar.
    >>> Or if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see
    >>> what I am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I
    >>> wasn't putting nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >>>
    >>> So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?
    >>>

    >> Almost always.... The exciting thing about cooking, of course, is that
    >> once you've made a dish you can and do drift out on your own, and become
    >> a scientist of sorts.
    >>

    > I *use* the recipe but that is not to say that I'll follow one to the
    > letter. So far, most recipes that call for 2 eggs will be okay with one
    > whole egg and just the white of the other one. If a candy recipe doesn't
    > have any salt, I add a little. IMHO candy just Needs a bit of salt
    > although I rarely add salt when cooking. And, of course, there are little
    > tricks that we have learned along the way - such as never try to do
    > meringues on a rainy day. Recipes don't tell you that; you just learn
    > better. Polly


    I think chocolate requires salt. Not sure about the other candies.



  15. #15
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?


    "Brooklyn1" <Gravesend1> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:15:58 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but
    >>then
    >>if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it,
    >>and
    >>don't need to refer to it again.
    >>
    >>Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice.
    >>Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >>
    >>I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    >>precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >>
    >>Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    >>make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar.
    >>Or
    >>if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what I
    >>am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I wasn't
    >>putting
    >>nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >>
    >>So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?

    >
    > I'll follow a recipe when ratios are critical like making peanut
    > brittle, nougat, caramel, taffy, and other confections... and when
    > quantities are critical for food safety such as pickling, curing
    > meats, and canning. But I don't can anymore and it's very rare that I
    > cure meats anymore but I still do a lot of pickling. For everything
    > else I cook without a recipe as I never measure anything more
    > accurately than by eyeball and I use what I have, it doesn't matter if
    > I use an onion, potato, or carrot more or less, or omit the celery or
    > peppers altogether because I ran out and going to the store is too
    > inconvenient (why I keep dehy veggies on hand). About the only thing
    > I weigh is ground meat... I grind it all and then weigh it so I'll
    > know how many burgers it will produce within my range of 12-14 ounces,
    > then I weigh each only to keep them roughly uniform. My cook pots
    > determine how much, I just keep adding until they're full. Tomorrow I
    > plan on making my summer squash stew again... there's no recipe, it's
    > however many ingredients will fill my 16 quart pot this time, I have a
    > glut of squash... I'm contemplating braising some pork chops in the
    > stew too.


    Thanks!



  16. #16
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?

    On Fri, 12 Aug 2011 21:22:04 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I *use* the recipe but that is not to say that I'll follow one to the
    > letter.


    Me too.

    --
    I take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila.

  17. #17
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?

    On Aug 12, 4:15*pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > I find that most of the time I do not. *I might make a recipe once but then
    > if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it, and
    > don't need to refer to it again.
    >
    > Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice..
    > Such as enchiladas or soup. *I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >
    > I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    > precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >
    > Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    > make. *I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar.*Or
    > if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what I
    > am doing wrong. *For instance the meat for my taco salad. *I wasn't putting
    > nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >
    > So when you cook... *Do you use a recipe most of the time? *Or not?


    If it's a new dish for me I will usually follow the recipe the first
    time......that is unless I see a tweak I think would make it better.
    There are a few things that I make only rarely that I need to refer to
    the recipe for, but not many, and usually those require precise
    measurements. I tend to see recipes more as roadmaps and feel that
    we are free to take detours along the way. That's what the joys of
    cooking are about.


  18. #18
    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?

    we rarely do use a recipe in the strict sense, except as you said in baking.
    often i will look up several on a subject and write one, based on what i
    know we like and what is in the house, recipes/cook books are food porn, Lee
    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:j24c6s$pd9$[email protected]..
    >I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but then
    >if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it,
    >and don't need to refer to it again.
    >
    > Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice.
    > Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >
    > I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    > precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >
    > Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    > make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar.
    > Or if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see
    > what I am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I wasn't
    > putting nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >
    > So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?
    >




  19. #19
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?

    Storrmmee wrote:
    > we rarely do use a recipe in the strict sense, except as you said in
    > baking. often i will look up several on a subject and write one,
    > based on what i know we like and what is in the house, recipes/cook
    > books are food porn, Lee


    I had forgotten about candy making, perhaps because I don't do so much of
    it. For some of that I do need recipes. For other stuff I wing it.



  20. #20
    Kate Connally Guest

    Default Re: Do you use recipes for cooking?

    On 8/12/2011 7:15 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > I find that most of the time I do not. I might make a recipe once but then
    > if we like it, I can usually remember what all was in it, how I made it, and
    > don't need to refer to it again.
    >
    > Often there are things that I make that never come out the same way twice.
    > Such as enchiladas or soup. I tend to use what I have in the house.
    >
    > I tend to use recipes more for baking because that seems to require more
    > precise measurements than most cooking does.
    >
    > Or I might look at a recipe and it will give me an idea for something to
    > make. I may not follow it exactly but the end results will be similar. Or
    > if something isn't coming out right, I will look up a recipe to see what I
    > am doing wrong. For instance the meat for my taco salad. I wasn't putting
    > nearly enough chili powder in it.
    >
    > So when you cook... Do you use a recipe most of the time? Or not?


    Yes, most of the time. I do a lot of things that I just make
    up as I go along, but a lot of stuff I make I may not have made
    in a while and I like to be sure of the ingredients and quantities.
    Of course, that does not mean I follow the recipe exactly - I make
    lots of changes to suit my own taste and to adapt if I don't have
    all the ingredients.

    Of course with baking (cakes, cookies, pies, etc.) I tend to stick
    pretty close to the recipe. Even with bread although I have often
    made bread without a recipe - especially when I used to go camping
    a lot. I've made up my own recipes for bread and pizza crust but
    I write them down so I don't forget how I made it the next time.

    Kate


    --
    Kate Connally
    If I were as old as I feel, Id be dead already.
    Goldfish: The wholesome snack that smiles back,
    Until you bite their heads off.
    What if the hokey pokey really *is* what it's all about?
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