Jen Slavin said... I am in the process of organizing my recipes that aren't in cookbooks. I have clippings from magazines, written out on post-its, print outs from the Internet etc...I remember your amazing binders of recipes/meals and I'm wondering if you'd mind sharing how you organized them. Thanks! xo j
For those of you who don't know, Jen is my college roommate and one of my best friends in the whole wide world and one of those people who I hope hope hope to live near again someday. We both lived in Boston for a few years post-college, so we kinda got spoiled by living near each other IRL (not that college isn't real life, but in real life is just different... and it was awesome to be near her). Now we're on opposite sides of the country, although we oftentimes seem to be living parallel lives nonetheless. And we still have a blast whenever we get together. Gosh, I love love love her. Anyway...
Jen~~ my idea for the binders came from being inspired by something that my friend Stacey showed me. It was all of her grandmother's recipes, all neat and tidy in a 3-ring-binder. I loved it and got to thinking about doing something similar to organize all of my own recipes. Like you, I had clippings from magazines, print-outs from the internet, post-its, scraps of paper, etc., etc., etc. It was a total, total mess. What I came up with is what I have and what you've seen. It was one of my "Waiting Projects" (adoptive parents reading will know what I mean.... LOL!!!)... it was one of the many things I did to occupy myself during the months of waiting for Kyle and Owen to come home. That was about 5 years ago now, and I really wouldn't change anything about my 'system' because it is actually working really very well. Still, though, Jen, let me know what you come up with because I'm always trying to find ways to improve upon all of this. And anybody else who is reading~~ please let Jen and I know what you do to organize your recipes/menus/cookbooks (leave a comment here on this post).
My big problem now is that I still have all these cookbooks in my kitchen. Somehow I need to get them organized so that I remember what is in there and so that I can easily find new recipes in there too. Any ideas????