I used to have PILES of cookbooks! And since I have discovered the internet - I honestly didn't use my cookbooks like I used to! Each one had a FEW recipes in it that I used and that was it! So I decided it was time for a change!
A long time ago my sister had collected the recipes that my mom had used over and over and made copies and put them in 3-ring binders for us. It was awesome! But then I got married, and there were some recipes that I no longer used or my hubbie did not like. So I needed to adapt the book my sister gave me.
I cut recipes, reprinted recipes, scanned recipes and even found new recipes! Then I sorted recipes into the following sections:
As you can see the first section was alphabetical and then in the back I put the last four sections because I rarely use them. The "Other" section I used to put my pamphlets from things like my ice cream maker and my food dehydrator. I also put a food substitution chart in that category.
I put my recipes on blank paper and slid them in plastic sleeves to protect them from the soils of cooking. The new recipes that I get and want to try I put in the pocket in the front so I can try them and THEN add them to the book - that way if its in the book - I've tried it and I KNOW its a good recipe!
One thing that has helped me stay on top of putting recipes in the book was putting blank paper in extra sleeves in the back so I could just stick them into the appropriate section RIGHT AWAY! Works great! Someday I will recreate my book for my kids when they graduate from high school so wherever life takes them they can always recreate a little of moms cooking!
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