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2014/01/02 11:08:14 (permalink)

Things you make without a recipe

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 2014/01/02 11:28:09 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 11:45:57 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 11:54:39 (permalink)
    I'm a guy.  We don't need no steenking 'structions.
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 11:57:47 (permalink)
    I don't bake, so anything I make is recipeless.
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 12:16:14 (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 2014/01/02 12:19:17 (permalink)
    What the heck is a recipe?
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 12:37:22 (permalink)
    chewingthefat

    What the heck is a recipe?

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

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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 12:45:39 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 13:54:07 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 15:27:28 (permalink)
    I am of the whatta wegot school as well
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 15:37:07 (permalink)
    Cheese & crackers.
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 16:44:40 (permalink)
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    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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 17:46:20 (permalink)
    Regular Coors.
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 18:00:14 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 20:49:31 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 21:32:52 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 22:55:06 (permalink)

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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 23:01:22 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 23:02:43 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 23:03:55 (permalink)
    Pizza! Every one is always a new venture in just about every way from dough to sauce to ingredients.
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/02 23:34:02 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/03 19:18:46 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/03 19:37:17 (permalink)
    chili's always approximate.
    post edited by 1bbqboy - 2014/01/03 19:45:04
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/03 20:46:52 (permalink)
    Right! Chili is the purest form of a cook's imagination.
    post edited by Twinwillow - 2014/01/04 00:25:39
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/04 00:02:49 (permalink)
    Agreed
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/04 09:20:52 (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.
     
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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/05 11:34:37 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/05 16:21:48 (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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    Re:Things you make without a recipe 2014/01/05 19:04:31 (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
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