(Closed) Do you cook using recipes?

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: Do you use a recipe when you cook
    Always : (9 votes)
    15 %
    Not for staples but for most meals : (14 votes)
    23 %
    Occasionally, for new recipes : (33 votes)
    53 %
    Rarely : (3 votes)
    5 %
    Does instruction on the box/microwaving count as cooking? : (2 votes)
    3 %
    My SO is the only cook : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
    507 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    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
    1363 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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
    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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 # 10
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    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
    5399 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    There’s some things I cook without a recipe, but I usually use recipes, especially when trying out new dishes.

    Post # 12
    651 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
    1250 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    5921 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    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
    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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.

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