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Old 06-11-2014, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Do you often cook/invent recipes without a recipe, cooking by the seat of your pants?

My friend commented the other day that she admired my cooking as I was a "natural cook" who rarely followed a recipe...

Never really thought about it before. But I guess I do often cook from things on hand rather than going out to shop for a specific recipe's ingredients.

Especially, I like to use fresh local prodcue in season.

Right now I'm dreaming up a stuffed squash recipe for dinner tomorrow using some of the squash pulp, chopped, dried apricots, brown rice (or maybe barley if I have some), chopped almonds and some grated feta cheese. I'll likely throw in some sauteed in olive oil garlic and onions, too. Moisten the stuffing mix a a bit of vegetable stock.

Stuff the squash, put in a roasting pan with some water, cover with foil and let it cook under tender.

Maybe because I've been cooking a number of years I kind of know what tastes good together..

Do any of you good folks cook this way, too?
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:59 PM
 
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Yup. I'll frequently throw a bunch of things together for a meal. I think what stops a lot of people is that they don't understand flavor combinations.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:06 PM
 
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Yep, sure. That's what most cooking is. That's how "new" recipes are developed. They cook without a net, it works out, and then they write it down and call it a recipe
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Do you often cook/invent recipes without a recipe, cooking by the seat of your pants?

My friend commented the other day that she admired my cooking as I was a "natural cook" who rarely followed a recipe...

Never really thought about it before. But I guess I do often cook from things on hand rather than going out to shop for a specific recipe's ingredients.

Especially, I like to use fresh local prodcue in season.

Right now I'm dreaming up a stuffed squash recipe for dinner tomorrow using some of the squash pulp, chopped, dried apricots, brown rice (or maybe barley if I have some), chopped almonds and some grated feta cheese. I'll likely throw in some sauteed in olive oil garlic and onions, too. Moisten the stuffing mix a a bit of vegetable stock.

Stuff the squash, put in a roasting pan with some water, cover with foil and let it cook under tender.

Maybe because I've been cooking a number of years I kind of know what tastes good together..

Do any of you good folks cook this way, too?
Always.
"I don't have that but I do have this. It should work."
"I wonder what would happen if I add XYZ? It should work."

It's why I don't bake. You can't do that with baking.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:51 PM
 
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Always.
"I don't have that but I do have this. It should work."
"I wonder what would happen if I add XYZ? It should work."

It's why I don't bake. You can't do that with baking.
Well, you can, but you might make a lot of accidental bricks.
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:33 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Yes. Today I made up a recipe that I could eat every day. I could probably become a vegetarian if I had this to eat every day. We also had red snapper and roasted sweet potatoes, but the tomato salad was the star.

Tomato Salad

Place into a bowl:

2 med. tomatoes, diced
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 orange pepper, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 small cuke, peeled and diced
1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 can chopped jalapenos, drained

Of course, you can substitute whatever combo of veggies you want, and also any kind of beans would be fine too. You really need the tomatoes, onions and the jalapenos, but add what ever chopped veggies you want.

Dressing

2 oz herbed goat cheese
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/4 c. olive oil
1 T. sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Whisk the dressing ingredients together until smooth. Pour over vegetables and chill.
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:15 AM
 
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Most of the time, I try to cook without internet. I love to prepare foods on my own.
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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What I call a "pantry cook" - open up the fridge and pantry and see what strikes your fancy, then cook! My husband has gotten quite good at it also over the years. He's gotten comfortable with flavor combos, as Emeraldmaiden says above. And I'm also not much of a baker - I like to play with my ingredients too much.
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:09 PM
 
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I rarely cook with a recipe other than baking. Most of the time I will try a new recipe as written and then go on from there if we like it.
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:17 PM
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My husband cooks like that--whatever he feels goes together. Everything it good, too, mostly. A few accidents, but not that many.
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