[quote="insideitall, post:33, topic:225589"]
I also am usually a non-measuring cook, because I've noticed when I follow recipes to a T they usually suck. Exception is baking (yeast) bread because I'm new to it, and am still somewhat sucky at that without the help of the breadmaker, though I may have just had bad luck with the recipes before. (I like that idea better.)
I love cooking but am very not good at planning ahead, so I make trips to the store every other day or so. I did that before I was married too, but silly me though two people would go through stuff in the fridge/cupboard better than one person. Unfortunately, he doesn't eat breakfast, and has lunch at work, so it really isn't helping that much and stuff still gets thrown out. "One of these days" I will make a weekly list and cook some things ahead of time.
I made alfredo sauce tues night. I can't stand the stuff from the jar (I've had multiple brands) and I'm not too fond of ordering it a restaurant because of the grease in it, which you only see the next day when you try to reheat it. The recipe I used was amazing and didn't separate or otherwise get nasty in the fridge, either. Added some broccoli and cut up chicken. mmmmmm :D
Last night I made baked ziti (well, baked penne) with the leftover pasta and pakage of cheese.
Tonight we're having wings. I'm going to get a few different sauces and try a rub or two for some variety and as insurance in case we don't like something.
I love food!
When my kids were little I had to shop ahead, and plan my meals once a week. I probably still should do that, but I've either gotten lazier or more spontaneous, because now days, I usually decide in the morning what I will fix for supper that night. Sometimes I have what I need, but if not, I pick it up along with the milk that we seem to go through 2 gals. a day when college-student son is home. I used to be able to go shopping once a week, with maybe one extra trip for fresh veggies and milk mid-week.
I have to admit I do get bored of cooking sometimes. Pleasing 4 people with gluten-free food is a challenge that I am sometimes simply not up to, but I do my best. I am no chef, but I am a good "supper cook." I use any shortcuts I can, because take-out pizza or other cheap solutions are not possible on the GF diet. I had to start cooking like wives did in the 1950's, mostly from scratch, after our son was diagnosed 10 years ago. It's easier now but I still get bored sometimes.