Survey: Are You a Planner or a Plunger in the Kitchen?

I was recently in a workshop hosted by writing coach Don Fry, and he asked us this question: Are you a planner, or a plunger? Do you sketch out each piece of an outline before writing? Or do you just plunge in and let the process take you away? I was thinking of how this question applies to cooking and kitchen work, too. Do you read through a recipe before starting? Do you mentally outline the process? Or do you just pull out a few ingredients and get to work? Obviously this depends on the dish you're preparing (croissants vs. a simple green salad will demand different levels of planning!) but which one do you lean towards?
I deliberately didn't give you a third choice here, a recipe-dependent choice — I am just curious which way you lean, not necessarily what you do every time you cook.

Also, a little more about Don. He's a freelance writing coach — you can discover more about him at his blog, which is full of good musings and tips for writers:

Don Fry: Writing Your Way

Related: Meal Planning 101: What Are Your Building Blocks?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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