Are recipes really required for delicious dishes?

United States
May 31, 2007 5:31pm CST
I'm always struggling with myself over this one. On the one hand I know certain dishes by heart and can make them without looking at a recipe. The bad thing about cooking that way is that the results are not always the same. There are times when I wonder if following a recipe would give me better tasting results. Do you find that the same thing happens to you? Which do you prefer; tried and true family favorites that you know by heart or following an actual recipe, step by step. Which one gives you the better results?
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@Bee1955 (3887)
• United States
2 Jun 07
Blueberry Cheese Rolls Ingredients: 1 pkg. (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 2 Tbsp. sugar 1/2 cup blueberries, divided Directions: PREHEAT oven to 375ºF. Unroll dough into four rectangles; firmly press perforations together to seal. COMBINE Cream cheese and sugar; spread onto dough rectangles to within 1/2 inch of edges. Top evenly with blueberries. Bring opposite corners of rectangles together; press together to seal. Place on ungreased baking sheet. BAKE 11 to 13 min. or until golden brown. Substitutions: Substitute 1/2 cup chopped red or green apples and 2 Tbsp. raisins for the blueberries. Substitute Neufchatel Cheese for Cream Cheese.
@marinarovi (1318)
• Argentina
1 Jun 07
the truth is, I look at the recipe to get the hole picture, and then improvise the rest. I think it tastes a lot better, but you need practise (for certain kind of meals.)