Oh, Littlesapphire, another anal-compulsive soul!
When I was trying to lose weight I was CRAZY about logging every bite of food. I'd cook pasta for the kids and either have them test it for doneness or bite one but throw it away. No tasting for me! But now that I'm maintaining I'm trying to take just tiny tastes and to remember to include that when I track my food.
I *thought* this thread was going to be about whether we taste food and then re-dip the same spoon back into the pot (see, I really *am* compulsive lol). I usually don't, but every now and then I've been known to stick that spoon back in there...YUK!
Of course, that's still better, IMHO, than my memories of my not-even-five-foot-tall Aunt Pompilia, standing over a huge pot of tomato sauce and stirring it with a wooden spoon, while the ash from her cigarette dropped into it (we all swore that was her 'not-so-secret ingredient').