Sheer brilliance. This is exactly how baking goes for me, minus the alcohol. I still mess it up just as badly. Baking makes no kind of logic to my brain. Probably because the margin of error is small. I need a wide margin.
On a related note, dearest Heather got me this book for my birthday: The Flavor Thesaurus
Recipes are not so much my thing. I always feel compelled to make substitutions, tweak, etc. I have a difficult time following directions.