I used to have a ton of cookbooks. I admit I had a problem when it came to them. They made feel as if I was a better cook. Cook books made me feel...adequate. However, they hardly were used and I honestly felt bad for them. They were lonely and bored sitting up in my cabinet. I know Jen uses hers as a part of her decor, but mine are pretty.blah. *smile* So, that wasn't an option.
I also have a ton of magazines with wonderful recipes that I have collected over the years. The pictures are so pretty that I hate to toss them.
There are a lot of different ways you can organize your recipes, but the best way to do so is to think about how your family functions around food. If you're a regular for entertaining, that's a section you might want to make important in your selection.
Here's how I divided my binder:
I try to keep it very basic because that's sort of how my mind works. If I make it too complex, the likely-hood of me maintaining all the work I put into redoing my binder will go ka-put. Take that into consideration for realz...you don't want to waste your time for pointless effort.
The whole "put-to-together" process was done during nap time to prevent interruptions and speed the task along. I spread the essentials out on the table and got to work. Some of my recipes were glued to to card stock paper and others were already on recipe cards and inserted directly into protectors purchased in the photo section of Target.
After I was all finished, I picked out some cookbooks that I no longer needed. No sense in having unused books sitting around, so off to donation they will go. However, if you are interested in one of these, let me know. They have some great dishes in them and are a great addition to any cookbook collection. You'll have by Saturday to let me know for sure. First come first serve.
I love having a nice representation of my recipes. With a smaller cookbook selection and a better awareness of where to look for recipes, maybe I'll accomplish more in my kitchen. This works for me,
What Works For You?