On not following recipes
I love cooking as well Ms Bearden. I too take the same approach as you and am in complete agreement with your article. I couldn’t have wrote it better myself. Thank You for the recipe for yogurt by the way! ~Vicky
I love the instruction to hold your pinkie in the warmed milk instead of using a thermometer. (Bah, humbug!) Our bodies can be pretty accurate about these things but we've really dulled our senses.
As I rush through my life for no really good reason, I am constantly rebuking my myself with the trite but true refrain, haste makes waste. Wasted time, rushed moments only to do whatever it is all over again. It puts me in the mind of another adage: measure twice, cut once.
So many people look at recipes like they were following the instructions on rebuilding a carburetor. Experiment!
The hot water in the cooler trick sounds good.
My Excalibur food dehydrator works well for making yogurt.