The Best Kind of Recipe

One of the most fun parts of getting to know my girlfriend over the years is to see her food creations after being more exposed to German cuisine.

No matter where you’re raised, there are thousands of invisible rules you don’t even realize you adhere to. “This spread you’re only supposed to eat with butter. This jam doesn’t go with that cheese.”

When someone breaks those rules right in front of you — simply because they don’t know they exist — it’s a nice reminder: Actually, you can do whatever you want. You can add butter where it usually doesn’t go, and you can leave out the milk if you don’t like it.

The best recipes are the ones we invent, not the ones we follow.