This past weekend I was in a cooking frenzy. Part of the love comes from getting new tools. For Christmas I received a 7 quart cast iron Dutch oven (that I bought on Black Friday) and a stick blender. Two items I've never had but always loved and desired.
Over the years I converted from an exact measurement cook to an eyeball and experimentation cook. I was unsure of cooking abilities before and my chemistry background enforced using exact measurements. I credit shows like Rachael Ray with the change in my cooking. Nowadays I look a recipe and wing it. Add here and there and hand measure the spices (like Rachel).
This weekend I made a big batch of chili and chicken tortilla soup. The chili was excellent. The soup was good but not what I expected. I took a friend's recipe and obliterated it. Sometimes experimentation get you in trouble.
Eating clean unprocessed foods requires cooking. Sometimes it's a royal pain in the you know what. Other times I love the process.