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erinyyc
10-15-2000, 05:06 AM
Does anyone else look through several different recipes of the same recipe and pick different parts of each to make it more to their liking? I do this all the time and therefore never have an actual recipe to give someone when asked for it. Some poeple actually get quite upset and think I'm trying to keep it from them! It is hard to tell a "by the book" recipe follower, "a little of this.. and a little of that...followed by a splash & dollop of the other stuff"! http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gifErin

shoyski
10-15-2000, 07:15 AM
Erin, I've always wanted to be that kind of cook but unfortunately, I a "by the book". I can't believe people get upset with you, though. They should admire you!

Natasha
10-15-2000, 08:11 AM
Erin,
I do something similar. I don't usually look at a few recipes and take bits of pieces from each, though. I'm not that creative! I just take the one that I'm supposed to be making and decide at the outset to change "just a couple" of things. Then, when I'm making it, I think, "Let's put a lot more of this, and why not add a dash of that and the next thing too," or "Why don't we get rid of that ingredient and add this instead?" It's rare that I can actually make a recipe from start to finish without changing something, and usually quite a few somethings. (To take just one example, a few months ago I made the Pasta with Mussels and Monterey Jack from the April issue, but without mussels or Monterey Jack...) And, like you, I find that occasionally (though fortunately not too often) that does annoy people! It's an affliction, I tell you http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/tongue.gif Sometimes I wish I could go more "by the book"...anyway, glad to know I'm not alone. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/biggrin.gif

[This message has been edited by Natasha (edited 10-15-2000).]

cookingmonkey
10-15-2000, 11:12 AM
I can't remember the last time I actually followed a recipe! I read them to get inspiration and then I do my own thing. Don't worry,you are not alone. I come up with some of the best dishes that way!

Ohioan
10-15-2000, 11:36 AM
I can't say anyone else has ever gotten annoyed with me, but sometimes I've gotten annoyed with myself after doing one of those "a little from here, a little from there" numbers. The trouble is that once I've done it and then try to duplicate the dish weeks later, I can't remember which recipe I started with and which I inserted into it. So now I have five or six recipes for a dish, and I can't remember which two or three of them I used last time, which I took the sauce from, which I took the sequence and/or proportions from, and, for that matter, where I improvised altogether....Grrr. http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/mad.gif

Somehow I never have this problem when I've just improvised from one original, like Natasha. I wonder why? (Can it be simple bubble-headedness that can't keep track of more than one thing at a time? Or old age? Nah.)

Cheers, Phoebe

Beth
10-15-2000, 01:44 PM
Definitely! My husband laughs at me and tells folks I never follow a recipe quite as written. I usually do make a recipe as written or pretty close if it's something totally new (especially if I'm baking), but I may adjust the spices or something. My zucchini bread recipe is one I came up with after looking at several and taking what I liked best about each. I did write that one down, but more recently, I made a marinated green bean salad for my mom's bridge group and several people wanted the recipe. I had to tell them I didn't have one, and I think I frustrated several of them. The ones that are based on one or more recipes, I can usually tell someone how to duplicate, but it's those "I gotta just do it" things that I have a hard time giving anyone a recipe for, or sometimes repeating accurately myslef

Sarah
10-15-2000, 02:08 PM
I have to admit that the first time I try anything I make it "by the book", and spend the meal figuring out how I could have made it better! It drives people crazy. But then I have somewhere to start from when I make it again.

erinyyc
10-15-2000, 03:19 PM
Thanks to all who replied! I don't feel quite as lonely any more. I tend not to alter baked goods, except for maybe fruit or nuts etc. I do try to write down where I started from though ( the first recipe ) and make little notes about what to do differently next time. The problem is finding that piece of paper again! I finally bought some binders to keep them in, but I tend to just toss the paper in and have to search for them the next time anyway. Maybe one day I will actually organize them! Take care all http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif Erin.

Beth
10-15-2000, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by erinyyc:
I do try to write down where I started from though ( the first recipe ) and make little notes about what to do differently next time. The problem is finding that piece of paper again! I finally bought some binders to keep them in, but I tend to just toss the paper in and have to search for them the next time anyway. Maybe one day I will actually organize them! Take care all http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif Erin.

This is the one time I forget what my mother and all my grade school teachers preached about not writing in books. I make my notes in the margins around the recipes, usually in pencil so I can change them later.