Saturday, November 27, 2010

And All Without A Recipe . . .

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I am not a great cook--but I'm getting better!

Turkey-salad-sandwich Yesterday I was just going to make a turkey salad sandwich and a turkey pot pie out of the leftovers.  But after I got the bird out of the roasting pan, I figured--why not just get it all over with in one day instead of drawing the whole leftover prep out over the weekend.

Turkey-carcass Up first--lunch!  Turkey salad.  (Mmmmm....  It was delish.)  I denuded the skeleton (isn't it funny to think of a turkey skeleton?), got out the soup pot and toss in all the bones.  I boiled them for three hours.  Meanwhile, I got my veggies ready for the soup and the turkey pie.  Of course, lunch intervened, and by the time I'd strained the broth from the bones, I'd forgotten which bowl of veggies was what and dumped my turkey pie veggies in the soup.  Oh, what the heck--I figured and dumped the rest of the veggies in the soup, too.  Then I dumped in the meat that came off the bones.  Whoa--this is one pretty thick soup.

PotSoup I used a bunch of leftovers for my turkey pie, too.  Leftover gravy, leftover pearl onions in white sauce, tossed in a can of chicken broth, more veggies and lots of meat.  Whoa!  Using the onion sauce and gravy really gave my pie a great taste.

I made everything without a recipe.  I like the feeling I get when tossing stuff together and it coming out tasting very fine indeed.  (Secret ingredient in both the soup and pie:  a pinch of herbs de Provence--but just a pinch--that spice packs a lot of whollop!)

What great tasting food do you make without a recipe?

11 comments:

Carol - OklaTwister said...

Chili is about the only thing I can make without a recipe. Oh, and fried chicken. But I love cookbooks so almost always have one out for the main entree. Your turkey soup sounds good!

Donna said...

wow like minds...I made a turkey pot pie too without a recipe..used similar ingedients and it was fantastic...I agree the gravy made it incredible....I used fresh sage and rosemmary from the garden as well...love making things without a recipe...sauce, chili, soup, stews..it is all about the seasonings

Heather Webber said...

I definitely need recipes! Your soup sounds delicious.

Miki Willa said...

My husband is the king of cooking without a recipe. He does wonderful things with spinach and whatever else he can find. He just uses whatever he finds in the fridge. I can only remember one or two that were not very good. It is always a great adventure when he decides to be creative.

Linda McDonald said...

I always need recipes. Maybe someday I'll get to the point where I'm confident enough in my cooking to wing it, but for now, I'm a recipe follower. Your soup and turkey pot pie sure sound yummy.

Mandy said...

Those both sound really decicious! I'm not that brave, but have thrown a few pasta/ground beef creations together with relative success. I'm thinking I need to try making a pot pie...love them!!

Katreader said...

It sounds like you're a good cook to me! I cook a lot of things without recipes. I'd like to write some down to share-but it's hard writing a recipe when I do everything by sight and feel. How much do you use? As much as you need. LOL.

Vickie said...

I use recipes definitely for baking and some of my main courses, but I make my meatloaf/meatballs, spaghetti, chili, lasagna, soup, easy stuff from memory and taste.

My husband is a prince of a no-recipe using kind of cook. He grills wonderfully and he can look at some pieces and parts and put it together in a tasty combo. In the 12 years we've been together, he's only made two pewpy meals...them's good odds. = )

Debra said...

Macaroni and cheese! My bechamel sauce is so good with extra cheese. By mistake this time I used Panko crumbs instead of plain for the topping. It was even better. Learning how to make a variety of delicious sauces and a large saute pan have changed my cooking life .
Also I am a big fan of the crock-pot. I make really good soups in them. I'm going to make one today Winter tomato soup (but from a recipe)

Kimber Leszczuk. said...

Your food sounds delicious!!

I love to make food without recipes. My two faves are a chicken casserole I do recipe passed on to me from my grandmother AND also an apple cheddar potato soup that is a mixture of a recipe I saw in a magazine and my own ideas. LOL

signlady217 said...

I made a pumpkin soup combined from recipes and my own ideas and it turned out pretty good. So now it is written down along with my own bread dressing "recipe".

My husband never follows a recipe and things always turn out great (and he does this when first-time company is coming!). So not fair! :D