I like to eat great food. I also like to cook great food. Collecting recipes have been a passion of mine for years though I haven’t scratched the surface of trying all of them.

Writing a cookbook was something I contemplated but didn’t move forward to create one. The thought escaped meI until recently.

Reflecting on the way I cook I realized I make up recipes as I go. Most times I put my spin on recipes I follow. When I research recipes online I usually combine several and make it my own. The results have been positive most time.

My goal for the future is to write down my creations as I will tweak them. A cookbook will be written before I know it.

The other day I decided I wanted to make a frittata—a new experience for me. I researched recipes until I found the right one. I tweaked the recipe and cooked the frittata. I served myself a piece and it was delicious. The leftovers went in the fridge for the next day.

When I opened the refrigerator I saw the milk and realized I forgot to add the milk to the frittata. Much to my surprise, the missing milk didn’t affect the recipe. It tasted great the way it was. Now I have to make it again and include the milk.

When (if) you cook, do you follow the recipe or make it your own?


  1. The short answer is absolutely not. I learned to cook from my grandmother and she taught me by a pinch of this, and a blob of that, and a handful of something else. I am not sure how that worked since I was a child with a small hand and she was an adult with a much larger hand, but it always came out anyway. Had to be the love. In my early adult years, we were very short on money so even if I started to use a recipe, I was always missing some ingredient or another so I learned to improvise. I didn’t get any complaints so it must have worked. Now I could follow a recipe if I wanted to, I have plenty of them stacked, filed, and in collected cookbooks, but even if I use one I always change it by throwing something else in. This makes for a great diverse menu but sure does frustrate the husband. When he especially loves something I’ve made, he must be content to enjoy it “in the moment”, because I have already forgotten how much of what I have thrown in and it can never be repeated the same again.

    • Thanks Lindalh for visiting my blog. I do the same thing when I cook. I call it creative cooking. I’ve done it so long that I can’t follow the recipes. That makes fun food. I love it. Thanks again. I will be visiting your blog site out. Blessings.

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