reader question – what do I do with all my recipes?


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If you love to cook (or enjoy looking at recipes), you might have a large collection of recipes cut from newspapers and magazines or written  on the backs of envelopes or on notecards.

A reader asked for a suggestion for her extremely large collection of recipes, some of which are pasted into spiral notebooks.

Many of my clients find that they have amassed a pile of clippings that they never look at. If you like to cook, and you like to try new things, create a system that allows you to use the recipes you have.

You can put recipes in a folder, accordion file or box until you try them. Those that make the cut can get scanned into your computer or pasted into a recipe book.

Alternatively, you might want to create a personalized cookbook with recipes and your own photographs. You can print a book, using Snapfish, Shutterfly or another photo-printing site. There are dedicated cookbook sites, as well, like Heritage Cookbook, where you can create an heirloom cookbook with family favorites and give a copy to everyone in your family.

A client recently confided that she doesn’t like to cook, but feels like she should, so she cuts recipes to fill that need. If you do something that doesn’t reflect who you are, consider stopping. In this case, the person was creating clutter with the clippings and wasn’t getting any value from them. She felt relieved when she realized that it was okay to stop cutting recipes for food she never was going to make.

How you manage your recipe collection is going to depend on whether you want to use them and how many you think is enough for you. Once you answer those two questions, you’ll have a better idea of how to proceed.

Do you collect recipes? How do you store them?

Marcie Lovett, Organized by Marcie
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