I usually go by the recipe until I feel comfortable to make little changes and eventually forget the recipe altogether.
My Mother used recipes as a suggestion, but I have never had her flair. Cooking isn't my favorite thing to do, but when Christmas season comes around, I have all the burners blazing!
My favorite things to cook
When I'm in the mood I love to bake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
A German breakfast favorite is an oatmeal bread that you slice thin and fry called, "Pannash or Panache"
Pronounced, pawn-aash with the emphasis on "pawn". I don't know if family ever agreed on the actual spelling, but the pronunciation is correct and the recipe changes depending on who makes it.
We have had pannash cook-offs among the Aunts and Uncles. My mother's was closest to Grandma's. : )
My cooking tragedies