Cooking: How do you follow recipes?

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Cooking: How do you follow recipes?

Poll closed Mar 24, 2012.
I follow a recipe to the letter 10 vote(s) 20.4%
I follow a recipe just to get the ingredients right 3 vote(s) 6.1%
I follow a recipe just to get the cooking temperatures right 0 vote(s) 0.0%
I follow a recipe just to get an idea 2 vote(s) 4.1%
I improvise based only on what is in your fridge and cupboards 4 vote(s) 8.2%
My cooking methods vary, depending on how well I know the dish I am cooking 23 vote(s) 46.9%
I don't cook 4 vote(s) 8.2%
Other 3 vote(s) 6.1%
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  1. TheBoogieMan Manager Emeritus

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    Nov 14, 2001
    star 6
    Poll suggestion by DarthIntegral.
  2. darthpup Jedi Master

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    Feb 22, 2006
    star 1
    alway improvise and make the meal your own
  3. DarthIntegral Force Ghost

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    Jul 13, 2005
    star 7
    I improvise and like to make believe that I am on Iron Chef
  4. EMPEROR_WINDU Force Ghost

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    Nov 23, 2002
    star 5
    My improvosation depends on how well I know what I'm cooking
  5. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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    Aug 31, 2000
    star 7
    I choose other because sometimes, i'll follow the directions completely, and other times, i'll make things up as I go along. Sometimes, i'll open one of the cookbooks i have around, find something I never cooked before, then i'll make it after getting the ingredients.
  6. DVeditor Manager Emeritus

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    Dec 21, 2001
    star 6
    Methods vary for me - if I'm making something simple like cookies I like to experiment, but if it's something more involved I like to try it the recommended way first.
  7. jedichef1 Force Ghost

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    Aug 17, 2004
    star 5
    I chose other, I dont really follow recipes exactly the only time that I do and you should is when making desserts as they tend to pretty precise.
  8. Chewbacca-girl Jedi Master

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    Apr 6, 2005
    star 4
    I follow a recipe to the letter :p
  9. ticopuma Jedi Grand Master

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    Aug 2, 2005
    star 5
    My cooking methods vary, depending on how well I know the dish I'm cooking.


  10. Skiara ~• Manager WNU •~ ~• RSA FFC •~

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    Nov 5, 2002
    star 10
    "My cooking methods vary, depending on how well I know the dish I am cooking."

    It depends on what I cook or bake. If I make it the first time I follow it very closely. Only if a part doesn't fit/work like it should on the recipe, I change it a bit. But if I know the recipe well, then I start to change things to make it better or to get another taste. This happens especially with cakes. :D
  11. morrison85 Force Ghost

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    May 13, 2005
    star 5
    I follow a recipe realise half the ingredients are missing and taking some sunstitue. and realising that i cook them wrong becasue i cant cook anyway:p
  12. doc4converse Jedi Master

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    Jun 8, 2005
    star 4
    Like some people, it depends. If it is for baking pastries, cookies, cakes, and such, I follow it exactly. If it is cooking entrees or side dishes then I will improvise if I don't have what I need or if I prefer a spice over another...
  13. Mar17swgirl Chosen One

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    Dec 26, 2000
    star 7
    It depends. For some of the dishes I know, I don't need a recipe and measure the ingredients "by eye". For some I need to look up the exact weigths, and when I'm cooking something I've never done before, naturally I need a recipe. But sometimes I just experiment. :)
  14. Tyi-Maet_Nefer Force Ghost

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    Jun 17, 2005
    star 6
    For cakes and etc, I would follow a recipe exactly (except I love adding cinnamon to things). But for a normal food dish, I would follow the recipe one night, get bored with it the next time and add whatever I can find to it. So I went with I improvise based only on what is in your fridge and cupboards. 'Cause I don't get to fancy.
  15. Jedi_Master_Conor Manager Emeritus

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    May 24, 2005
    star 6
    My cooking methods vary, depending on how well I know the dish I am cooking
  16. Everton Chosen One

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    Jul 18, 2003
    star 10
    To the letter. If I change something I might upset a delicate balance that my feeble brain has no comprehension of.
  17. Eleventh_Guard Force Ghost

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    Dec 17, 2005
    star 5
    I follow it pretty closely the first time I use a recipe, though I might adjust amounts of seasonings a bit here and there, or make small substitutions that don't actually affect how it turns out (i.e. using vanilla flavor instead of anise flavor.) If the first time works, then I experiment more.
  18. jedikitty19 Jedi Grand Master

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    Feb 23, 2006
    star 6
    I follow it to the letter. especially if its baking.
  19. SockitTwome Jedi Padawan

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    Oct 31, 2006
    My cooking methods vary, depending on how well I know the dish I am cooking
  20. Rebel_Padawan Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Apr 11, 2003
    star 4
    Follow the recipe to the letter!
  21. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jul 7, 2000
    star 9
    I follow a recipe just to get the ingredients right

    I check the recipe to make sure I've got most of the ingrediants and work from there. Not too long ago I had a wonderful Chicken Marsala and Eggplant Pamesan at a local resaurant. Got a couple recipes and mostly followed them. Meal was awesome.

    I love playing with recipes or even trying to make something just from a remembered taste.
  22. DarthButt Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 11, 2003
    star 5
    My cooking methods vary, depending on how well I know the dish I am cooking

    I'm all over the place. I season meats and vegetables based on "feel", if you will. When trying something new, usually I'll grab two or three recipes and pick out what I like best out of each, and maybe add in my own little something and come up with my own recipe.

    When baking breads or desserts, you have to be more exact so those are best to follow the recipe to the T.

    Regardless, no matter what I cook, I try to be disticntive, and try to add my own touch to make it my own.
  23. EmperorSorridom Jedi Grand Master

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    Apr 2, 2005
    star 5
  24. crash_slayer Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Oct 13, 2005
    star 3
    I don't cook... asking me to cook is a recipe for disaster...
  25. MariahJSkywalker Poopoo Head

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    Mar 11, 2005
    star 6
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