Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.
Today: How to make all your winter staples, without a recipe.
We're guessing you've made some resolutions for 2014. Maybe it's to relax, to let go, to be creative. Maybe it's to cook more; maybe it's to learn how to cook. Or maybe it's to perfect those dishes you turn to time and time again, the ones you'll cook on a weeknight, or with a drink in your hand, or on the phone with your girlfriend.
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In any of those cases, you should learn to cook without recipes: to get a few dishes up your sleeve that need no stress or pieces of paper or iPad or computer. Here are our 10 favorite dishes to cook without a recipe -- and how to do it.
What will you make without a recipe this winter? Let us know in the comments -- or shoot us your Not Recipe at [email protected]!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).