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Mosca

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Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 11:08 AM (permalink)
There are so many ways to make the same dish. The multiple threads of pork, sauerkraut, beans, rice, etc got me to thinking about cooking without a recipe.
 
When I first started making Hoppin' John, I did simple: black eyed peas, onions, ham hock. Salt & pepper. Then I thought, there are things that will really make this better. So I added chopped celery, and bell pepper, and about a pound of ham, and some garlic, and some rice, and some chopped greens, and some cajun seasoning, and hell why not a bay leaf... nothing wrong with Hoppin' John, but damn. Things can get mighty good mighty fast.
 
Anyone every just start throwing things in a pot to see what happens next?
 
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    Pancho

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    Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 11:28 AM (permalink)
    Mosca


    There are so many ways to make the same dish. The multiple threads of pork, sauerkraut, beans, rice, etc got me to thinking about cooking without a recipe.

    When I first started making Hoppin' John, I did simple: black eyed peas, onions, ham hock. Salt & pepper. Then I thought, there are things that will really make this better. So I added chopped celery, and bell pepper, and about a pound of ham, and some garlic, and some rice, and some chopped greens, and some cajun seasoning, and hell why not a bay leaf... nothing wrong with Hoppin' John, but damn. Things can get mighty good mighty fast.

    Anyone every just start throwing things in a pot to see what happens next?
    About the only time I follow a recipe is when I bake. I made a huge chicken pot pie last week in a casserole pan and threw in a bunch of chopped collards just before I put the crust over it. Came out fantastic.

     
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      felix4067

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      Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 11:45 AM (permalink)
      The only reason I have recipes for anything other than baking (baking is science, I have to follow a recipe because it ALWAYS turns out badly if I don't), is because I started posting them on websites. 99% of my recipes are born because I'm standing in my kitchen trying to figure out what sounds good and/or what I've got that needs to be used or go bad. It took me years before I started making notes so I had a hope in hell of being able to make something ever again.
       
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        WarToad

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        Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 11:54 AM (permalink)
        I'm a guy.  We don't need no steenking 'structions.
         
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          Michael Hoffman

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          Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 11:57 AM (permalink)
          I don't bake, so anything I make is recipeless.
           
          #5
            Big_g

            Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 12:16 PM (permalink)
            I use a recipe for nearly everything...I may adjust the bejeebers out of it but it is a starting point.
             
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              chewingthefat

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              Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 12:19 PM (permalink)
              What the heck is a recipe?
               
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                lleechef

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                Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 12:37 PM (permalink)
                chewingthefat


                What the heck is a recipe?

                Yeah.  What's that?
                I do use them when I bake.

                 
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                  FriedClamFanatic

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                  Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 12:45 PM (permalink)
                  My usual recipe is...........open the fridge or freezer......Whatdowegot???  What might go well with it?   Left overs like mashed potatoes or meats are particularly susceptible to this.  So many sauces/condiments on the Fridge door.....hmmm.which one tonight?  The spice "cabinet" overflows to the counter.a little of this, a little of that (almost always garlic).........about 80% of the time it's a winner, 10% edible and 10%....ok........let's not try that again!
                   
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                    MetroplexJim

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                    Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 1:54 PM (permalink)
                    For grilling, casseroles, and pasta sauces I assemble the ingredients and spices but don't use measuring spoons or cups.
                     
                    But, you can't 'eyeball' baked goods; those are as much chemistry as cooking.
                     
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                      Phildelmar

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                      Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 3:27 PM (permalink)
                      I am of the whatta wegot school as well
                       
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                        MellowRoast

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                        Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 3:37 PM (permalink)
                        Cheese & crackers.
                         
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                          MetroplexJim

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                          Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 4:44 PM (permalink)
                          MellowRoast


                          Cheese & crackers.

                          Count out six Nabisco Saltines.
                           
                          Cut Longhorn cheese into six 1.5" x 1.5" x 0.125" portions.
                           
                          Place cheese atop saltines.
                           
                          Slice three green pimento-stuffed olives precisely in half.
                           
                          Place olives atop cheese.
                           
                          Serve with Cold Coors Light.
                           
                          (serves one)
                           
                           
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                            MellowRoast

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                            Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 5:46 PM (permalink)
                            Regular Coors.
                             
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                              FriedClamFanatic

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                              Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 6:00 PM (permalink)
                              Kill the olives.....it takes too long to get them outta the jar and sliced..i could be through half the beer by then...but..i like your style!
                               
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                                SeamusD

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                                Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 8:49 PM (permalink)
                                I have to at the restaurant to keep everything consistent, but never at home unless it's something new I'm trying. Then I'll follow it, and tweak it to my tastes afterwards.
                                 
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                                  carolina bob

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                                  Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 9:32 PM (permalink)
                                  The only thing I've ever prepared without a recipe is boiled water. It didn't come out all that well.
                                   
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                                    mlm

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                                    Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 10:55 PM (permalink)

                                     
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                                      mlm

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                                      Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 11:01 PM (permalink)
                                      Just about the only food my father would fix for himself was a piece of cheese. He'd cut a slice of cheddar, lick it along it's length and sprinkle salt on it. When he felt like an overachiever, he would spread it with Miracle Whip. Other than pouring himself a cup of coffee, he had my mother fix everything for him. Twice in my life, he scrambled eggs. Sigh. RIP Daddy. After 13 years, I still miss him like crazy.
                                       
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                                        Foodbme

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                                        Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 11:02 PM (permalink)
                                        I rarely measure anything. I'll look at a recipe just to make sure I include most of what's on there but 99% of the time involves ingredient substitutions so I guess that means I don't follow recipes!
                                         
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                                          Davydd

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                                          Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 11:03 PM (permalink)
                                          Pizza! Every one is always a new venture in just about every way from dough to sauce to ingredients.
                                           
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                                            Twinwillow

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                                            Re:Things you make without a recipe Thu, 01/2/14 11:34 PM (permalink)
                                            I'll look at a recipe for a dish I want to make that sounds good and then, innovate to make it to my own taste.
                                             
                                            I might basically make that same dish 4-5 times over a period of time and never make it exactly the same each time.
                                             
                                            To me, a recipe is only used as a basic outline of ingredients and cooking time.
                                             
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                                              ann peeples

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                                              Re:Things you make without a recipe Fri, 01/3/14 7:18 PM (permalink)
                                              I don't use recipes.I will page thru a cookbook for ideas, but the dish is all my take. I rarely bake, and found out the hard way you cant be creative with the recipes....
                                               
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                                                1bbqboy

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                                                Re:Things you make without a recipe Fri, 01/3/14 7:37 PM (permalink)
                                                chili's always approximate.
                                                <message edited by 1bbqboy on Fri, 01/3/14 7:45 PM>
                                                 
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                                                  Twinwillow

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                                                  Re:Things you make without a recipe Fri, 01/3/14 8:46 PM (permalink)
                                                  Right! Chili is the purest form of a cook's imagination.
                                                  <message edited by Twinwillow on Sat, 01/4/14 12:25 AM>
                                                   
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                                                    Phildelmar

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                                                    Re:Things you make without a recipe Sat, 01/4/14 12:02 AM (permalink)
                                                    Agreed
                                                     
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                                                      bartl

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                                                      Re:Things you make without a recipe Sat, 01/4/14 9:20 AM (permalink)
                                                      When I used to cook a lot more often, I did a lot of experimenting. I remember coming up with a chili/curry fusion that my family loved. Unfortunately, one of the key ingredients went out of production.
                                                       
                                                      Bart
                                                       
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                                                        Mosca

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                                                        Re:Things you make without a recipe Sun, 01/5/14 11:34 AM (permalink)
                                                        Interesting about chili. Sometimes I do whatever I want, but if I want to make original basic cowboy chili, Texas Red, I come here to Roadfood and look up the one that scrumptiouschef posted a couple years ago. Texas Red is a specific dish, chili is not.


                                                        http://www.roadfood.com/F...76804&high=Basic+chili
                                                         
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                                                          Davydd

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                                                          Re:Things you make without a recipe Sun, 01/5/14 4:21 PM (permalink)
                                                          Meatloaf is another thing never made the same way. I usually don't even start with a recipe as I just rummage around the kitchen picking ingredients.
                                                           
                                                          For hot beef stew I try to stick to a family recipe given to me by a cousin but nearly always veer off course while in progress.
                                                           
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                                                            Sundancer7

                                                            Re:Things you make without a recipe Sun, 01/5/14 7:04 PM (permalink)
                                                            Doncha think that after you have cooked a few years, you begin to get a feeling of what works and what does not?  I use to measure many years ago right by the recipe but not I seem to know what works and what does not.  recipe calls for a certain amount of oil, salt, pepper and other ingredients.  You know that too much salt does not work and you sorta go from there.  Quite frankly I am in nowhere the class of Lisa and many others but I rarely screw up too much.
                                                             
                                                            At least Roz and Mamaw Smith really enjoys my southern creations. This is a little southern chili I made.  I used jalapeno, chunky filet, spices, and some others goodies.

                                                             
                                                            Paul E. Smith
                                                            Knoxville, TN
                                                             
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