When I cook I work very loosely from a recipe if it is something new to me or I don't use a recipe at all if it is something I already know how to make. My technique is constant taste testing from the beginning to the end of a roux, sauce or any other mixture of ingredients while continually adjusting the seasonings until I feel they are perfect. Thats why I am usually not very hungry by the time I finish cooking something. How do you cook? Do you follow a recipe by the letter or do you experiment the way I do?