First try follows instructions. Second or later gets a little creative. I work into it. Try new things slowly until I find what I like best
First time making something I go by the recipe, after I try to improve it. Don't always work out, lol.
Mm, I can only follow directions for so long before improvising out of boredom..<br />
Kitchen = Food Laboratory.
Here's a hint,<br />
If you are cooking for a woman, follow the directions<br />
For yourself, experiment.<br />
It it turns out well, hit her with you food.
I use ingredients that I know I like and just start from there.
I don't need much of a recipe, I just get a rough idea of the meal and go from there. Though it's always spicier than what it should be. Which is fine for me, but not always for my friends and family.
I try to innovate . If we follow the instructions we can taste one . But of you innovate you can taste many.
Never follow the recipe, I know what I like and how to get there.
The first time I follow instructions. My family votes on new recipes.
I make phone calls when I need to "cook"...:)