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View Poll Results: Which cooking style do you fall in?
I am a free spirit and rarely follow recipes closely. I enjoy concocting my own dishes out of the blue. 16 61.54%
I sometimes alter recipes but only because an ingredient is missing or someone is allergic. Not for novelty or curiosity. 8 30.77%
I toe the recipe line most of the time. Why reinvent the wheel? 2 7.69%
I never change a recipe unless the creator suggests other versions. I donít like surprises. 0 0%
Voters: 26. You may not vote on this poll

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Old Yesterday, 10:24 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Old Yesterday, 10:28 AM
 
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It depends.

Usually the first time I make something I try to adhere to the recipe, only changing/omitting items I don't have on hand and I don't feel are integral to the success of the dish. After that I may change a few things up from time to time.
I think that is most common and am posting a poll to see if the answers support that. Since there is no stigma with any of the choices, maybe people will select what they really do.

If there is any recipe I follow closely, it is for baked goods, but even those I usually alter even the first time. I would, however, not change a souffle recipe, if I cooked those (I do not).
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Old Yesterday, 11:11 AM
 
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If I'm baking, I tend to follow the recipe to the letter. But that's about it. Even stuff I make often, I often tweak it one way or another.


Like, we like to eat beans and ham at least a couple of times a month. I'm always tweaking them from one time to the next. Sometimes I put in some diced tomatoes, other times, diced onions, other times mushrooms...etc.
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Old Yesterday, 11:51 AM
 
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Almost never, unless it is baking.
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Old Yesterday, 12:46 PM
 
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There isn't a poll option for how I feel. I'm neither a "free spirit' who rarely follows recipes, nor one who toes the line except out of necessity.

My choice would be "I sometimes alter recipes when an ingredient is missing, or for novelty or curiosity."

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Old Yesterday, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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It depends.

Usually the first time I make something I try to adhere to the recipe, only changing/omitting items I don't have on hand and I don't feel are integral to the success of the dish. After that I may change a few things up from time to time.
That's how I cook, as well. I'm not one of those people who can just throw something together based on whatever I've got in the fridge and what was on sale at the farmers market, but I also don't believe recipes are unbending laws that cannot be changed.
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Old Yesterday, 01:11 PM
 
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I believe in following a recipe but admit to adding less salt most of the time.
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Old Yesterday, 03:43 PM
 
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IM a rebel in the kitchen whip meals up as I go..

cant remember last time I followed a recipe..
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Old Yesterday, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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After a person has been cooking for a good while they know what they (and their family) likes and adjusts recipes accordingly.
With the exception of baking (which should be carried out following the recipe like a potentially explosive chemistry formula) recipes are just recommendations -- "this is how I did it and it turned out good but there are different ways to do it which may be just as good".
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Old Yesterday, 04:56 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I do a lot of modification trying to convert recipes to gluten-free.

My usual method is to make a recipe exactly as written the first time. Then I make notes and modify to taste.

I usually cut salt in half, even the first time. I've got a family member watching his blood pressure and most newer recipes are much too heavy in salt.

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