Perhaps this style of cooking came about from reading "Amelia Bedelia" books as a kid. I loved those books. Amelia would always make really bad silly mistakes. People would get quite mad at her for following their directions all wrong. Then she would pull something delicious out of the oven and all would be forgiven. However her style of cooking was quite similar to the way I like to cook. A little bit of this, a lot of that, and voila!
My cooking style might also come from growing up as an Mk. I learned so much about cooking hanging out with Dominican women. They never used measuring spoons or cups. Most likely their mothers couldn't afford them, and even if they themselves could, they had learned without them. The palm of your hand was the best measurement. These women would store recipes in their brain, and easily recalled them because the same basic spices were used in most everything (garlic, onion, lots of cilantro, oregano, tomato and cubitos magi (bullion cubes).
Grandpa introduced me to the sort of recipe I love when I ate supper at his house a few weeks ago. His favorite pie is lemon meringue, but normally this pie is a twice a year treat because of how hard it is to make. A friend had given him an easy lemon pie recipe that he tried out on us. It was really good! Best of all it was just my kind of recipe:
Easy Lemon Pie
One whole large lemon (skin and all! no seeds though)
1 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
throw them all in the blender, and voila! The pie filling is complete. Just pour it into a pie crust, bake and enjoy.
It is really good with whipped cream on top and fresh blueberries and/or strawberries.