Have you ever wondered how some people can look in their refrigerator and all of a sudden throw together an amazing meal? That is such an amazing skill in my opinion and I wanted to be able to do it. I learned to cook in college because I had moved out of the house and my options were to cook or starve. I started with a small “5 ingredient” cookbook that was a huge lifesaver. It made cooking simple enough that I wasn’t overwhelmed and I could be successful and like what I had made. I gradually moved on to recipes with more than 5 ingredients and today I actually really enjoy cooking, especially baking.
About 6 months ago I was at home with my husband; we were staring at each other and asking “what’s for dinner?”. I was starving and so I just started pulling things out of the refrigerator. We ended up creating the absolutely most delicious stuffed shells I have ever eaten. I wish I would have been paying attention to the ingredients we used because I would love to re-create them someday.
From then on, we cooked without a recipe often. Since we had success the first time, I had more faith that what we made was going to be good and that we wouldn’t have to throw out all the ingredients we just wasted and order a pizza.
I started paying attention to what we did when we cooked without a recipe to make sure it tasted delicious. I have documented those steps and ideas here for you in hopes that you can give it a try someday as well and learn to cook without using a recipe.