Post # 1
When I first met my husband he was very impressive with his cooking skills, and what was more impressive to me was that he never used a recipe. As I started cooking more and more I’ve become more like that, rarely using a recipe. I will go to cooking sites and steal their good ideas but I still always end up changing the recipe and not sticking to any set plan. So I was just wondering how others cook?
Post # 3
Yeah so I did not inherit the cooking gene….love to eat, don’t love to cook! 🙂 If I do cook, I NEED a recipe, otherwise I have no idea. FI is a much more gung ho about cooking than I, and he doesn’t always need recipes. 🙂
Post # 4
Dang, I voted before I saw the last option in the poll, lol. For me, “does instructions on the box count?” would be appropriate, though I do know how to cook two or three things with recipes that my mom gave me many years ago. However, in our house my husband is the skilled cook. We have tons of cookbooks and he can make anything from a recipe, and many times he experiments by changing some things in the recipe and his creations turn out better! But when I try to follow a recipe, it’s always a disaster, lol.
Post # 5
I use recipes, but not all the time. It depends on what I’m making. I like to wing it and experiment a lot, but I also like following recipes.
Post # 6
Yeah, I learned the hard way when I was in high school. I can’t improvise when I cook. lol
I’m not sure what spices goes with what. Yeah, so I’m a recipe follower all the way. I do somes improvise when I run out of parsley or basil.
I think it’s just better for me and my husband that I follow the recipee. hehe
Post # 7
i think i’m a pretty decent cook – BUT i suck at making something WITHOUT a recipe! lol
you give me a recipe and i’m great at it! but yeah…not without one!
Post # 8
I’m a recipe girl! I think though it’s because I’ve been baking waaaaay longer than I’ve been cooking, so I’m used to this very exact science and step by step detailed instructions. Things still turn out fine if I don’t use a recipe, but I prefer to use one. Oh and I won’t buy a cookbook if it doesn’t have a picture of each recipe. How do I know if it’s turned out right?! OR what if it looks like dog food when it’s done, I wouldn’t have made it if I had known! LOL!
Post # 9
Oh yeah, I definately use a recipe (well or mainly) for baking, it’s too much of a science without one, and I don’t have the science down yet for desserts.
Post # 10
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I will when I’m cooking something new, but even then I’ll usually modify it a little to suit my tastes! I usually get the hang of recipes quickly, and once I’ve used them a couple of times I don’t need it anymore.
Post # 11
There’s some things I cook without a recipe, but I usually use recipes, especially when trying out new dishes.
Post # 12
usually cook with the recipe the first time, and then modify it or pull ideas from similar recipes if i need to on the 2nd/3rd try. Then I usually just ditch the recipe all together and make it from memory. Though honestly I only have a handful of really good things that I can make that I rotate through constantly…. like maybe 10 recipes and most of them are italian food. The other stuff I make outside of that is usually mediocre at best. 😛 Been getting so bored of my repetoire!
Post # 13
I usually use a recipe. There are certain things I do by going by the flow, but I’m not experienced enough yet to cook new things without a recipe (and a LOT of things are new to me in the kitchen!)
Post # 14
I use a recipe, but often modify it. And staples, like pancakes, cookies, etc, I don’t use a recipe, rather I’ve honed them over the years. I disagree that recipes are key in baking – I think you can get a feel for it, just like in cooking. You just have to understand what makes things happen and why.
Post # 15
No way! I went to culinary school, so I spent 2 years cooking thousands of recipes…ugh… Now I just wing it. Unless baking. Recipes and measuring are key!
Post # 16
I like to think of recipes as suggestions. Both FH and I are good cooks, and I trust our instincts. The only time I will really follow a recipe is if it’s some type of food I have never cooked before and am not familiar with.
I have an aversion to reading manuals for things, and for some reason I feel recipes as manuals of sorts. So, I just kind of do my own thing.