When you're cooking do you adhere to the ingredients with regards to the amount indicated, changing an item or how you measure? If I'm making a dessert I tend to stick to the recipe. I may add other items like nuts or chocolate but I rearly change the basic components. My cooking rules change drastically when I'm making a soup, casserole, pasta based dishes and so on. I tend to change up the amount of a certian ingredient depending on my mood or try a substitute like chicken in place of beef. I normally don't use measuing spoons either I use my hand and fingers.