although my mother was a wonderful cook---I didn't know hardly anything about cooking when I first got married---you see my mother was not about other people being in her kitchen and any experience I had was due to my sneaking in there when she wasn't home or from one of my grandmothers teaching----I think Robyn has maybe inherited my mom's kitchen thing---we share the cooking but not the kitchen so much!
now when Robyn was little and she was eager to learn---she made some interesting mistakes in recipes----like for instance---in a cornbread thing I make---actually it's pretty much Paula Deen's recipe----anyway---Robyn put in double the sour cream---and now we make it that way---so much better----as with Paula's ooey gooey pumpkin cake--Robyn used double cream cheese---out of this world!!
yes experience will show you what works---what failed completely---and what you might tweak a bit next time-
oh yeah---Robyn just reminded me another eXample of her successful doubling---now she is becoming a really good cook---but for some reason she hates to make any kind of rice----even the minute kind----one night the stir-fry was ready-when I went to take the lid off the rice---it was soup---she eXclaimed--"I think I put double the water"---now I gotta tell ya---that was the best "sticky rice" I think I have ever had---rivaled my grandmother's--