My Recipe Binder
January 19th, 2012
I love cookbooks. I can sit down and thumb through a new cookbook for hours, making lists of ideas, drooling over the pictures, and pondering the untapped potential of ingredients like fennel or Manchego cheese. But anymore, a lot of my recipe-hunting happens on the Internet. My mom emails me ideas and I surf regularly to my favorite site — AllRecipes — for inspiration.
A number of years ago, I started compiling my printed-out recipes into a three-ring binder. It actually started the year I studied abroad. It was the first time I faced the prospect of apartment living and cooking for myself full-time. I wanted to be prepared, so I printed off a bunch of simple recipes, glued them to cardstock, and stuck them in a binder.
I still have that binder. It’s grown over the years and gotten a bit more sophisticated. I have color-coded sections for breakfasts/breads, soups, sides, main dishes, and dessert. I periodically go through and weed out unsuccessful recipes by pasting new ones over the top. I don’t keep up with it as often as I like and usually have a file-folder stashed in the kitchen that is brimming with loose-leaf recipes, printed from the web or clipped from magazines.
But when I get a chance (like tonight!), I enjoy the chance to file things, often discovering recipes I’d forgotten about. On the menu for next week: Hawaiian-style short ribs and spiced sweet potato fries (not necessarily together). Mmmmm.