U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Food and Drink > Recipes
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 09-21-2010, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
36,940 posts, read 45,385,657 times
Reputation: 61427

Advertisements

I believe that the first time you try a recipe you should follow it to the letter. Only after evaluating the final product should I change it, or tweek it.
For example, tonight I'm making a new lasagna recipe which has no ricotta, no mozzarella, no herbs.
I have a friend who doesn't like ricotta. so I'm testing it for him. I have noticed that many of you on this site make substitutions when trying a new recipe, so I'm just saying. ... Ok for the second time, but not the first time.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-21-2010, 04:51 PM
 
Location: East Nashville, 37206
1,037 posts, read 2,493,319 times
Reputation: 1074
Meh, to each their own. I rarely follow a recipe, if ever.

I love to read cookbooks cover to cover for ideas but I really can't think of even one time that I've followed a recipe to the T.

...I can think of one time I should have followed a recipe

When making amish friendship bread starter from scratch, I was like hmm back in the day the amish probably didn't follow a recipe, how bad could it turn out? Bad, very bad !!!

Courtney
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-21-2010, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Almost Paradise
1,671 posts, read 1,665,446 times
Reputation: 4243
Quote:
Originally Posted by bluesky42day View Post
Meh, to each their own. I rarely follow a recipe, if ever.

I love to read cookbooks cover to cover for ideas but I really can't think of even one time that I've followed a recipe to the T.

...I can think of one time I should have followed a recipe

When making amish friendship bread starter from scratch, I was like hmm back in the day the amish probably didn't follow a recipe, how bad could it turn out? Bad, very bad !!!

Courtney
I always find myself tweaking a recipe, even if it is the first time I've used it. I too love cookbooks and read them to get ideas. I also love to use a new recipe when entertaining.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-21-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
3,852 posts, read 8,256,132 times
Reputation: 3995
Recipes are for the weak!

I never follow them. Baking, maybe, but cooking...never! I love to add my own spices to everything, because I love taste!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-21-2010, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
23,440 posts, read 31,635,036 times
Reputation: 15560
I've been cooking for so many years that I can tell when a recipe is going to need a little tweaking, whats so wrong with that?
Sometimes it makes the difference between average and wonderful, I dont do average!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-21-2010, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
36,940 posts, read 45,385,657 times
Reputation: 61427
I guess I'm just saying that, with every fiber of my being, I wanted to revert to what I traditionally do to make lasagna, but I resisted because if I added to the recipe I could have missed out on something unique and special.
Of course we experienced cooks can read a recipe and know what it will be like, but If we always make it the old familiar way, what's the fun of that?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-21-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
5,288 posts, read 17,915,856 times
Reputation: 6541
I taste and tweak all the time - even when I make a receipe for the first time. You can taste a sauce and see that it needs more salt, garlic or wine or know that a lemon tart could use some extra zest. Taste and tweak that is my motto. I don't like wasting food or serving a mediocre meal so I try to make sure that the first time I make a recipe it is delicious.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-21-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
23,440 posts, read 31,635,036 times
Reputation: 15560
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cattknap View Post
I taste and tweak all the time - even when I make a receipe for the first time. You can taste a sauce and see that it needs more salt, garlic or wine or know that a lemon tart could use some extra zest. Taste and tweak that is my motto. I don't like wasting food so I try to make sure that the first time I make a recipe it is delicious.
Thats my concept, too!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-21-2010, 08:46 PM
 
326 posts, read 709,136 times
Reputation: 235
I have NEVER followed a recipe 100%.

I only buy cookbooks with pictures for every recipie. I then make my version of whatever I see.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-21-2010, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
32,309 posts, read 59,595,182 times
Reputation: 53811
I rarely make it to the bottom of a list of ingredients without changing something.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Food and Drink > Recipes
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:39 AM.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top