Can You Make It Again?

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?


  1. I use to bookmark all of my ‘to-do’ recipes. The same night I try out a recipe, I will mark it as “tried” so I don’t forget to blog about it later (or just plain forget the recipe).

    If you would like to try pinterest out (if you aren’t already) feel free to email me and I will send you an invite 🙂

  2. Hi Ali! That would work if I used a single recipe–but generally something like the beans, I look at a list of recipes, figure out what I like about them and then ad lib as I go along.

    I use Pinterest or Kaboodle, for marking some recipes I would like to try, but in general, I am a cookbook woman OR I make a Frankenstein monster of 12 similar recipes.

  3. Too funny! I’ve been guilty of this many times. I’ve gotten in the habit of keeping a notepad and pen handing while I’m cooking, and I make notes of what I did. Or if I’m using a cookbook, I’ll stick a big post-it on the page with the recipe and make the notes there.

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