I am not the cook in the family. Still, there are some basic meals that I make. These are simple, comfort food type things- like cream of beef (aka chipped beef or Army SOS). When I make dinner, I follow the recipe. I don’t vary from it, except to maybe add more of the flavors I like.
Tonight, though, I made cream of beef but we were out of Worcestershire sauce. Instead I used a bit of soy sauce and some onion soup mix to help flavor my meat. And while it tasted a little different, it was still good.