A lot of times I don't use a recipe. I'll just throw stuff in that I think will taste good. It usually comes out good.
Like one time my friends were over and we were drinking wine. I was going to make some tortellini that I usually just put melted butter and parmasan in it instead of a sauce. But I had some red bell pepper and baby portabella mushrooms so I sauted them. Threw in some garlic and red pepper flakes. As I was cooking and drinking a glass of Cabernet, I thought what the hell, and poured some of that in the veggies and reduced it. Mixed it all with the tortellini. I got rave reviews, of course they were 3 drunk hungry guys, but I thought it tasted great.