"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude." -- Julia Child
I have a friend who can only cook from recipes. She looks at the recipe and if it says 1/8 tsp salt, she will measure it! It is impossible for her to realize that one eighth of a teaspoon is probably a couple dashes of salt. Really? Come on, what if you like your food saltier than the recipe? Or with more pepper. Cooking is about taking risks, being creative, and trying new combinations. Understand that cooking is an adventure. So what if it never comes out the same twice! Or if it burns or is undercooked. These are experiences we learn from. I promise, it’s no Big deal. It’s better to try and fail, then not try at all. If you fail miserably, learn from it and try try again! If it doesn’t turn out quite the way you like it, analyze it. If I make this again, maybe I want more flavor, more of a particular spice, or less of something. Adjust the recipe to your taste. And if you succeed, you are empowered. I did this! What else can I try?