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May 8, 2014 08:26 AM

What do you call recipes that aren't recipes?

A friend and I are trying to build a piece of software to manage my outta control recipe collection. Problem is not all my recipes are "recipes" per se. Some of them are just jotted thoughts, like "pasta + hard cooked vegetable + a soft cheese + pasta water = easy lunch." And I pride myself on the ability to cook without a recipe often. So I am trying to figure out the best word to call those things that describe a thing to make, but don't necessarily follow a recipe format. What would you call those? Or do you just use the word "recipe" anyway?

This is seriously keeping us up at night... :) I should get a life and go make some pasta :P

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  1. Call them 'Tinabeans Popular Dishes'.

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      1. I rarely use recipes and cook similarly to you. I've had a hard time coming up with a word for it other than "cooking"

        1. In the Flavor Bible, they called it Flavor Affinities or Flavor Cliques. Personally, I would just call it a recipe template.

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