This article got my eye on the UK Gaurdian about changing recipes. Someone wrote the author asking if they could leave celery out of a recipe because they didn’t like it. I leave things out all the time I don’t like. Although, I am less adventurous with baking where you can make a crucial mistake and not know it until your cake comes out of the oven.
I do try to mostly follow a recipe the first time when cooking but sometimes I don’t have ingredients or don’t have time to let something marinate for 4 hrs.
After the first time, it’s a free for all. In high school, I found a recipe for chicken vesuvio in the paper. Over time, I have changed the herbs, the amount of chicken, how the potatoes are prepped, how much oil…I make it from memory recipe now and recently found the clipping in my mom’s recipe box and almost didn’t recognize it. Over time, I change things for convenience and taste.