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Old 07-30-2008, 09:44 AM
 
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Just curious how many follow recipes, use recipes as a guide, or just "wing'it".

Also, do you measure or "guesstimate".

I used to follow recipes, now I use them as a guide or I just "wing'it". Haven't use a measuring cup/spoon for quite a while.

PS - I don't bake, most everything I make is on a smoker or meat of some kind.

Just wonder'n.
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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I eyeball everything!!!! And I wing lots of times.

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Old 07-30-2008, 10:11 AM
 
Location: friendswood texas
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I have to, have to, have to have a recipe. Can not cook without one. My husband on the other hand is one of those who can go into the kitchen with 3 ingredients create a gourmet meal. Drives me nuts. (Probably why we are good together though huh? )

I actually think for me it may be that I learned to bake first then learned to cook after. So having exact measurements and such is essential to baking. I just know that I am not a pinch of this and a pinch of that kinda person.
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:21 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Think about what I'd like to eat and what goes together then Wing It!
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Central FL
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I also use recipes as a guide...well at least for everything other than the basic things I've been making for years. But, I add or delete things according to our taste. We like spicy things so I almost always increase the spice or add spices. I do measure - especially when I'm making a recipe for the first time.
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:26 AM
 
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Think about what I'd like to eat and what goes together then Wing It!
WOW! Wish I could do that! My brother does...and creates awesome, flavorful dishes out of the most unique ingredients.
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:28 AM
 
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Years ago I would mentally make up recipes for dinner on the drive home from work based on what was on hand.
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:30 AM
 
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If it sounds good together, it goes together. Doesn,t always taste as good as it sounds though!!
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:33 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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Learned to cook in a household that didn't use "recipes" and measuring utensils...so my first cooking exposure was completely "wingin' it". Fast forward to about 10 years old - I wanted to bake stuff because my mom wasn't into baking but we (my siblings and I) always wanted to have cookies, cake, etc. So I self-taught very quickly using cook books and other sources (like the recipes on sacks of flour and sugar, or the chocolate chip bags, etc.).

Thankfully, this has given me a balanced skill in the kitchen. I can make all sorts of elaborate pastries and can also whip up a dish from whatever I find in the fridge/pantry. I love to learn new recipes and often google them before attempting it, follow the recipe pretty much according to the instructions, and see how it goes. Once I've tried it, I make adjustments to conform with our tastebuds, and from there, next time I "wing it".
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:35 AM
 
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My last wing-it dinner was actually more of a clean-out-the-fridge type of thing. It was leftover turkey, can of cream of celery soup, onions, mushrooms, sliced potatoes, a little sour cream, and some spices. Didn't turn out too bad if I do say so.
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