Writing your own simple, easy-to-follow recipes is not as hard as you might think. Creating great recipes combines good writing skills with a little art, a little science and some common sense.
We’ve all seen recipes that don’t read well — and we’ve all tried recipes that don’t turn out well. An accurate ingredients list is the most important thing for a successful recipe, but well-written instructions make the recipe work flawlessly.
Here’s a six-step shortcut method that works well for creating new recipes you and your family can enjoy again and again.
1. Research. Before you go into the kitchen, look through cookbooks and online recipe sites for recipes that come close to what you want to create. Locate two or three that are similar to the dish you want to make, print them and mark them up, removing things you don’t like and adding in ingredients you think will work better.
2. Write. Create a new recipe based on your source material, simplifying the steps as much as possible and reducing ingredients to the minimum necessary for the flavor you want. List ingredients and preparation steps in order of use. If ingredients aren’t used until a few steps into the recipe, don‘t list them until then.
3. Cook. While cooking the dish, make adjustment and write them down. If it’s too bland, add salt, pepper or whatever you like — and take note. Not sweet enough? Add whatever sweetener you’re using — and be sure you take note of every small addition.
4. Enjoy. Eat the dish and decide if you got it right. If others are eating with you, consider their opinions, too.
5. Rewrite. Type up the changes you made during cooking and make further adjustments based on your taste-testing.
6. Finish. Make the dish again and see if it’s perfect. If not, send it through another round of adjustments and rewrites until it’s completely your own.
This simply perfect method makes great recipes that make great food. If simple, easy-to-understand recipes that can be perfectly duplicated are part of your simple, deliberate life, these instructions are for you.
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Gip Plaster is a web content writer. Previously a journalist, online bookseller and even a corporate advertising guy, Gip now specialize in writing high-quality content for websites — his and other people’s. Visit Gip’s Front Yard (www.gipsfrontyard.com) too.