Are your cookbooks a recipe for disaster? Take control with these simple tips.
Evaluate and pare down.
Gather all your cookbooks in one spot. You’ll recognize your favorites, so set those aside. Then, consider donating any books unfamiliar or unused for the past year.
Find a central location.
Keep all cookbooks and recipes in one area for easy access and awareness. Organize in a way that makes sense to you, such as by author, culinary region, or type of food (vegetarian, soups, breakfast, etc.)
Create a recipe binder.
Set up a three-ring binder for your recipe clippings. Create sections (such as main course, veggies, salads, desserts) with tab dividers. Glue recipes on both sides of heavy 8-1/2 x 11 paper, and then slip the papers into clear plastic page protector sleeves.
It’s tempting to clip every great recipe you see in magazines. If you do, create a “holding” envelope where recipes must past your taste test before being added to your recipe binder. Remember the “in/out” rule: Each time you add a recipe to your book, remove an old one (or two) that is no longer a favorite.
If you're ready to go digital, there are many apps that can help you make the transition. In addition to being able to peruse and virtually "clip" new recipes, you can often scan (or take photos) of your cherished family recipes to upload into virtual collections. Or simply start a Pinterest board to collect your new favorites!
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On Wednesday I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Gwynn, graphic artist and owner of PenGwynn Prints. We got to talking about sharing cherished recipes and the fine art of note writing. Sarah noted, "In an age of instant texts, tweets, and emails, we believe the handwritten note is a special and personal gift!"
Designed and printed on Cape Cod, PenGwynn Prints Recipe Note Cards are unique and beautifully illustrated seafood and fruit calligram note cards featuring images created by words of a recipe. The note cards have a design on the front, are blank inside and have the recipe printed on the back. Be sure to visit PenGwynn Prints and enjoy sharing the lovely recipe note cards with your family and friends!
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