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What do you cook by the seat of your pants rather than by recipe?

Mostly I need a recipe because I don't remember many of them. But there are some things like meatloaf and scalloped potatoes that I do without. They're never the same way twice -- or even remotely alike sometimes -- but I still prefer not to make them static predictable things.

Anyone else? What are yours?

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  1. i use recipes to bake because my memory sucks.

    i may see a savory recipe that looks appealing but don't copycat it. 98% of the time i don't use recipes to cook.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Same here. Recipes inspire me but I almost always do my version (exept for "French Laundry"-type recipes and most baking). I am very creative and cooking comes naturally to me.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Same here. Totally off the cuff cooking. The more you know about food and different cusines the easier it is to wing it

      2. My mom's fried rice. Basic Chinese stir fries, marinades for meat, roasted veggies, stews, chili, soups and pasta sauces (or really, pasta dishes in general).

        Everything else, I'm very much a recipe gal.

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        1. re: TorontoJo

          Pretty much. I don't use recipes for everyday cooking, but I pull them out for baking and more formal meals, or when I want to try something new.

        2. About like hotoynoodle. When I do consult a recipe it is usually for concepts or a sense of proportions, but even measurements are outside of my realm.

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          1. re: tim irvine

            Same here, recipes give me ideas. I rarely consult them in the kitchen and what I make is usually different sometimes drastically.

          2. Meatloaf, meatballs, stuffed cabbage, lasagna, roasted veggies for starters.

            1. Chicken or beef vegetable soup.....what ever is around, without consideration of how much goes into the pot, so each time the soup is different.

              Sunday gravy or red sauce with meat....

              Yes on the meatloaf, too