Well, when you're on a roll...
Mom bought some German sour kraut at the local Natty Flat Smokehouse the other day. We still had some tortillas and franks. I also had some Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese. My mind immediately jumped to Reuben.
No. I didn't have any dark rye bread or corned beef. But what I did have made a passable dog using the procedure for Cerdos en Serapes given below.
Variations. Variety is indeed the spice of life.
Cooking as Creativity
Cooking can be a creative act. At the very least, unless you merely heat something up, it is an act of MAKING and gratifying as such. I cook as often as I can. Sometimes, though seldom, I work directly from a recipe; this is MAKING. Sometimes, I work totally from "instinct" using what I have on hand, considering the likes and dislikes of my family, thinking about what I'm hungry for, and coming up with something totally unique; this is CREATING. More often, it's something in between working with memories of recipes and the restrictions of the pantry. This last is less creative, but still qualifies. At either end of the spectrum, cooking can and should be fun and gratifying. And you get to eat the results!