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Organizing Recipes

My name is Holly and I am a recipe hoarder.  It started out innocently enough with just collecting cookbooks.  Then it grew to tearing recipes out of magazines.  And then it spilled over to the internet.  I would watch Food Network instead of studying for exams, make desserts instead of sleeping, and spend a lot of money on ingredients I had never heard of and only used once.  Then, about five years ago, I realized that I had amassed so many recipes that I felt like it was beginning to take over my kitchen.

It was at that point that I realized something had to give.  Did I actually try at least 1/3 of the recipes in the 30+ cookbooks I had?  When was the last time I looked through the numerous manila folders where I stashed all the magazine and internet recipes?  And then it hit me.  I had to do something.  It started with going through the cookbooks and deciding what to really keep, and what to give away.  (And the cookbooks that I never even opened were re-gifted.)  So after years of tinkering, I have come up with an organizing system that works for me.  And for those of you who are recipe hoarders as well, hopefully this will help you too.

My secret? I use binders, (many, in fact–and I have one solely dedicated to desserts), and manila folders.

For the recipes that I love and use (whether it be consistently, or just a few times), I put in a binder.  They are organized by subject and placed in sheet protectors.  I use Post-Its for tabs.

I like using sheet protectors because that way, if I spill food on it while cooking or baking, I can just wipe it off with a damp cloth and move on.  No harm done.  In the binders I’ve also included tips and tricks.  I especially like using information from the magazine Cooks Illustrated.  Continue reading

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Cookbook Creation

I was inspired when I went to my local craft store some time back.  It was the same trip where I made the picture frames.  This project is supposed to be scrapbooked with pictures on each divider, but I thought it would make a great cookbook!  The three dividers would be for different food categories (the last one has to be blank, as it serves as the back “page.”)  It’s nice to have my favorite recipes all in one location, instead of this from cookbook, or from that cookbook, etc.  A little light bulb went off in my head too when I thought if I could love it so much, so could someone else.  So, I made two more as wedding gifts.  I had to wait to post it until both weddings were over, especially since one was my cousin’s and I didn’t want her to see her present before she had a chance to open it.

So if you’re interested in making your own cookbook, read on!  You will need something like this:

Nice, thick cardboard.

Choose your scrapbooking paper.  I went with a cooking theme, but part of that was because our craft store had some in stock and they were so cute!

See what I mean?  Here’s the front side.

I am working on a cutting board, for quilting, since I am using an Exacto knife.  I don’t want to cut through to the table.  Put crafters glue on the side you want the paper to adhere to, and press down on the BACK SIDE of the paper.  (I use a glue stick, so I won’t have glue bubbles or blobs.) Continue reading

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