concept cooking

The other day, I thought I had hash browns in the freezer for the breakfast casserole on deck for dinner.  Turns out, I had to substitute with the only frozen potato forms available…5 tater-tots & 8 french fries.  Being a recipe geek, a mild panic crept in that dinner was going to flop.  Until, I shared with chef hubbie my wariness, to which he replied, “Breakfast casserole is a concept.  It will be fine.”. 

Light-bulb moment. 

How true!  And so many other meals are mere concepts ready for adaptation.

  • pizza
  • practically anything Mexican
  • stuffed pepper – pick your pepper, starch, protein, veg, go!
  • sandwiches
  • meatloaf, meatballs or burgers
  • pasta salad
  • casseroles!

“I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with variation.”  ~ Madam Benoit

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