Ok. I finally organized my recipes. Don't expect to be blown away. You know me when it comes to cooking!
But lately my little red recipe folder wasn't cutting it. I had no room to add new recipes and papers were spilling out all over my neatly organized kitchen drawer. I can't have that now can I? :) Finding the recipe I needed was becoming such a pain. But here's the thing. The reason I have never organized my recipes is because aside from the fact that I hate to cook (which makes me also despise recipes), I have never seen a system that I thought would work for me. I know there are hundreds of ways to organize recipes, but I didn't want anything that would take too much time (like typing them all up in a binder) and I wanted something that I could easily add to without any work.
Most of my recipes are torn out magazine pages,
handwritten from the kids like this recipe from Addison when she was in pre-school and just learning to write her name. They are print outs from recipe blogs and e-mails from friends...
OR they are typed or handwritten by me and totally trashed from having them out while cooking.
**Banana Bread recipe is here by the way and they are delicious! You can tell I've made these a time or two. I keep thinking I need to re-type this, but I kind of like it. Looks vintage, don't you think? ;)
I wanted something that I could use to easily slip new recipes into their categories without much time or energy on my part.
So remember when I went nuts in Staples over Martha Stewart's office supplies?
And I bought this lovely little purse organizer?
And then I went back and bought a bigger accordion file...
My recipe categories are:
I know. Super simple. Maybe not the best system for someone who is a major chef, but for me, this is perfect.
And of course it closes so nice and compact fitting perfectly into my organized kitchen drawer.
And just to prove I actually DO cook once in a while. This is what we had for dinner last night -
HA! Made me laugh. :)
Nobody was coming over, but we all enjoyed this simple meal (and the smell!) regardless.
Would love to hear how YOU organize your recipes!