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Topic: Do you have a cookbook where you handwrite all your favorites??

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Subject: Do you have a cookbook where you handwrite all your favorites??
Date Posted: 5/21/2008 11:50 PM ET
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Or do you keep a folder, or recipe cards, or just remember what book they are in??


I do a little of each, but I have been trying to get them all in one cookbook.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 11:43 AM ET
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I do have some written down in a book but I mostly have a recipe drawer where I keep all the recipes I printed from different recipes sites.  I do have a three ring binder, that one of these days, I will sort my recipes and put them. 

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 1:07 PM ET
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My system needs a lot of work.  I have a recipe card file, which has some recipes hand-written, and others are just clipped from magazines, newspapers, etc.  Then I have a pile of recipes printed from the internet which tends to float around my kitchen, because they are neither organized nor contained.  I asked my dh to get me MasterCook 9.0 for Christmas, which he did, and I had the best of intentions with it.  I got some of my recipes entered, but then ran into a software glitch with importing recipes from the internet that I can't solve, and to me, the software is not worth it if I can't get recipes into it from the 'net.  I started researching other recipe software, but never really got anywhere with it.

Sandra (dru) -
Date Posted: 5/22/2008 2:37 PM ET
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Arghh!  Do I ever need to get organized. I have thousands hundreds and hundreds of cookbooks and I can never remember which recipe is in what book. By the time I try to look for it I give up and decide to make something else. LOL 

I have a file, a notebook, printed from the internet pile, and drawers full of cut out recipes. I also have a notebook of recipes I printed out from my very first cookbook swap.

Anyone with any tips or hints?

ETA: Remember I have to be able to pick the book up!

Last Edited on: 5/22/08 2:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/24/2008 5:04 PM ET
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I have two 4x6 recipe boxes that I hand-write cards for, but the recipes have to prove their box-worthiness before I do that. For recipes that I cut out of magazines and newspapers, or print off the net, I have a folder that I keep on my cookbook shelf. When I try one of those recipes, I either throw it away, if I didn't like it, or write it on a card, then throw the original away, if I did like it. For recipes from my cookbooks, I put a little mark by each one I try, and if I like it, it also will go on a card in the recipe box. That way I know that if it's marked, but not in the box, I tried it, but didn't like it. This way I know that every recipe in my recipe box is good, the only loose recipes I have are ones that I haven't tried yet, and every recipe in my cookbooks is either marked as "tried", or unmarked as "untried".
L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 4:24 AM ET
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I have a 3-ring binder that has the clear plastic sleeve-pockets in it.  I then print out my recipes that I have in the computer, or that I cut from magazines, or the ones I got from Mom, etc. and I pop them into the sleeve.   That way, you can see the recipe, take the plastic sleeve out when you want to use it, and it stays clean since it's covered in plastic.  When you're finished, just pop it back into the binder.


Date Posted: 5/25/2008 10:36 PM ET
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I have some in a binder, some written in a notebook,  and some on recipe cards...so organized haha!

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 12:26 PM ET
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I also have a 3 ring binder w/plastic sleeves.  I also have about 100 cook books.  But the recipes dont go into the binder unless I have tried them and liked them 1st.  After I successfully tried and like the recipe out of a book or magazine, I scan it right away and put it in the binder.  Or else I would never be able to find them again either!


Date Posted: 6/2/2008 2:43 PM ET
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I have made a couple recipe scrap books. They look cute and if I need to use them they are in the sleeves already. I think I am going to start making this for people in my family also. I did get a bunch of little fun facts and clip art from some program that makes it look cute too.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 10:32 PM ET
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I have a computer program that I keep all of my favorite recipes in.  I have even made individual cookbooks on the computer that hold each of my kids and hubby's favorite recipes.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 11:22 AM ET
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I bought a recipe organizer at half=price books one time. Its about the size of a trade paperback book and has large sturdy cardboard forms for writing out recipes - gives u a bit more room than on the standard 3x5 index cards.  It also has several clear plastic sleeves for slipping in recipe clippings or that you already have written out.  I like it becuase it also includes a protective plastic cover to slip over recipes as you are looking off the cardstock so that it doesn't get gooey while you work, and becuase it includes fun charts for easy measuring conversions and also easy substitutions for missing ingredients.  I also have a 3x5 box that I throw in magazine clippings etc. that I want to try but aren't something I use reguarly that I would like the time to hand write into my binder.

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 6:07 PM ET
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I am in the middle of trying to organize my gazillions of recipes and my current idea is to print out or retype any keepers and put them in plastic sleeves in a specific notebook.  Having lost all my memory brain cells while pregnant and never having recovered them, I also am trying to keep a "table of contents" of just the titles of the recipes, otherwise I forget what I have.

When I print off of allrecipes or foodnetwork or epicurious or whatever, if there is a picture, I copy the recipe onto a word document and then also print the photograph to go on there too.  That way it's attractive and it's a visual reminder for me.

Being very computer literate, my first choice would be to keep ALL my recipes on the computer for easier saving, but since the computer is in the study and the stove is in the kitchen, I've found I really need the actual paper cookbook.