I believe that cooking is a very intuitive activity. If you know your ingredients, smell them , touch them, experiment with them, after a while you will know exactly what to do with them. You will be able to measure with your fingertips instead of the teaspoon. You will know when a sauce is done by its aroma instead of by the beep of a timer.
Believe me, I am addicted to cook books, food blogs and magazines. I watch cooking shows a lot on my free time. But I rarely follow a recipe. I use them as inspiration, learning of technics...guidance.
What I am trying to say is: if you are trying to be a better cook, do not be so caught up on following a recipe exactly how it is presented to you. Read the instructions to learn how that Cook got to the end result, then use the same method with the ingredients you have in your fridge that day. That is what I do and, in my opinion, that is the best way to learn!
With this Blog, I hope to keep you and I inspired - always!