When you make dinner, do you follow a recipe with each teaspoon and cup exact or do you just dump? I am a recipe cook. I measure everything to the exact measurement. I can vary some ingredients if I am out of it, but other than that, I follow recipes. I have my tried and true recipes and don't normally get out a cookbook to see what I can try. If someone says "Hey, this recipe is delicious!", I might try it.
I have a friend who is a dump cook also. Except, she follows a recipe and then dumps the seasonings. She makes good soups for this reason.
My younger sister is a dump cook. She seldom follows a recipe unless it's a dough recipe where the amounts of ingredients is crucial. But on a normal day, she uses no recipes.
For example, my younger sister was telling me she made Wiener Stew for supper and just substituted hamburger for the hot dogs. She soon confessed that she didn't really make Wiener Stew, but browned some hamburger, cooked some potatoes and carrots, made a white sauce with a bunch of cheese, added some beef bouillon and that was her Wiener Stew with hamburger.
See what I mean? That is a Dump Cook and most Dump Cooks are good cooks.
What do you think? Are you a Dump Cook or a Recipe Cook? Do you think Dump Cooks are better cooks than Recipe Cooks?