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Feb 17, 2009 04:22 PM

Are you a "Dump Cook"?

You know what I mean ... you just dump stuff in instead of measuring LOL

That's my favorite way to cook but my recipes never come out the same.

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  1. For the most part, no--I measure. For some things, it's just second nature (like meatloaf or meatballs), but generally, I like being able to replicate when something goes right, or knowing what to adjust when things fall short of my expectations. My best rationale for not being a "dump cook" is the time one of my best friends made a chicken pot pie from scratch. He made his own crust then freehanded all the ingredients in the pie filling--a little bit of this, a little bit of that--it was so delicious we could not shut up with "Mmmm" and oohs and ahhs throughout the meal. If someone overheard us, they'd have probably thought we were up to something other than eating pot pie. ;) That was probably 1994, and while my friend has tried for YEARS to duplicate the results of that pie, he has never made it QUITE as ultra-delicious as he did that day. It's like the lost chord. So what did I do? I tried to do it at home soon thereafter, but wrote all the ingredients/proportions down so I've had something to work with over the years. :)

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      When I was younger and we were all still with M&D, my sisters were always getting pissed because I'd cook something and then have no idea what it was I did. So no way to replicate.


    2. Yes, I'm a "dump cook". If I'm preparing a new recipe I usually follow it pretty closely the firs time. After that, I use my judgment and marginal notes on the recipe card to guide the process. BUT, if it's baking, it's a different story. The creative expression that "cooking" offers is not as not generous in the baking arena. I might "dump" a pinch of salt, or perhaps a few herbs, but for the major ingredient components (flour, sugar, BP, etc.) aren't things I'd get too reckless with.

      1. Yes.
        In fact, I don't even keep recipes -- written or otherwise.

        Baking, however, is a different matter.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Yep. I eyeball most measurements. Some turn out good, some not so much. If it's a first time recipe I'm trying I'll incorporate what I can into the dish. If I'm out of something or if it's unavailable I'll try to sub something in that I think will work. Speaking of subs I think I'll make one now. :D

          And no, I don't bake much.

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