In case you didn’t know this about me, I tend to improvise quite a bit when cooking. Oh, we don’t have that? I will use this instead. Oh! We are short of that, I will mix up a substitute.
Wait! Vegetarian substitutes needed! Wait! The meat eater will have a fit. Didn’t we have pasta yesterday? Why don’t I make it with rice instead?
This works well enough…usually. Except every so often something turns out really well and the family wants THAT recipe again.
Tonight is a case in point. About a month ago I made “baked” beans in the crockpot. Instant hit even though NO ONE in the family LIKES baked beans except maybe my mother. Sigh. I had no idea how I had made it, or which 15 recipes I had flipped through to make it. I know I used up odds and ends from the fridge in it. I thought maybe the kids would forget.
They didn’t. Boy child requested it for dinner tonight. I gave it a try…of course, if it turns out they like it–I still will have no idea how I made it.
There has to be a method to this madness. Any ideas?