I have to admit that in the past I have found the "Cooking without Recipes" segment kind of annoying. I hate having to flip through the whole article while cooking to piece together the recipe. However, after cooking all of the recommended variations of creamy vegetable soups, I see the virtue in this feature. I now have the formula for creamy vegetable soups down pat, and I will forever be able to whip up a soup without a recipe. Yay! This exercise has allowed me to get a glimpse at how a chef thinks– you have a formula, and you fill it in with whatever suits your fancy. So, I decided to try my hand at making my own variation. And, you know what? I have the concept down, but the implementation needs work. The spices I chose (cumin and coriander) didn’t work very well in my soup. Next time I think I’ll try spicing my mushroom soup with rosemary.
And that’s it– I have cooked the issue. This has been fun. I learned a lot by trying recipes I wouldn’t normally consider. And I love interacting with the other contestants and seeing how other people interpret the recipes. The camaraderie has been great. Plus, I’ve been cooking so much that we’ve been able to turn down the heat in our house.