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Cooking: How do you follow recipes?

Discussion in 'Archive: Census and Games' started by TheBoogieMan, Jul 4, 2006.

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Cooking: How do you follow recipes?

Poll closed Mar 24, 2012.
  1. I follow a recipe to the letter

    20.4%
  2. I follow a recipe just to get the ingredients right

    6.1%
  3. I follow a recipe just to get the cooking temperatures right

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. I follow a recipe just to get an idea

    4.1%
  5. I improvise based only on what is in your fridge and cupboards

    8.2%
  6. My cooking methods vary, depending on how well I know the dish I am cooking

    46.9%
  7. I don't cook

    8.2%
  8. Other

    6.1%
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  1. TheBoogieMan

    TheBoogieMan Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Poll suggestion by DarthIntegral.
     
  2. darthpup

    darthpup Jedi Youngling star 1

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    alway improvise and make the meal your own
     
  3. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral VIP star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I improvise and like to make believe that I am on Iron Chef
     
  4. EMPEROR_WINDU

    EMPEROR_WINDU Jedi Master star 5

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    My improvosation depends on how well I know what I'm cooking
     
  5. rumsmuggler

    rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    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

    DVeditor Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    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

    jedichef1 Jedi Master star 5

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    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

    Chewbacca-girl Jedi Master star 4

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    I follow a recipe to the letter :p
     
  9. ticopuma

    ticopuma Jedi Knight star 5

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    My cooking methods vary, depending on how well I know the dish I'm cooking.


     
  10. Skiara

    Skiara ~• Manager WNU •~ ~• RSA FFC •~ star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    "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

    morrison85 Jedi Master star 5

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    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

    doc4converse Jedi Padawan star 4

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    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

    Mar17swgirl Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    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

    Tyi-Maet_Nefer Jedi Master star 6

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    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

    Jedi_Master_Conor Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    My cooking methods vary, depending on how well I know the dish I am cooking
     
  16. Everton

    Everton Force Ghost star 10

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    To the letter. If I change something I might upset a delicate balance that my feeble brain has no comprehension of.
     
  17. Eleventh_Guard

    Eleventh_Guard Jedi Master star 5

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    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

    jedikitty19 Jedi Knight star 6

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

    SockitTwome Jedi Youngling

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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

    Rebel_Padawan Jedi Master star 4

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    Follow the recipe to the letter!
     
  21. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    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

    DarthButt Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    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

    EmperorSorridom Jedi Knight star 5

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  24. crash_slayer

    crash_slayer Jedi Youngling star 3

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    I don't cook... asking me to cook is a recipe for disaster...
     
  25. MariahJSkywalker

    MariahJSkywalker Poopoo Head star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    To the letter.
     
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