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simplifying in the kitchen • part one

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Installed on my laptop are three different recipe-organizing programs with a total of 3000 recipes among them.

Yes, there are three zeros there. Three thousand. And that doesn’t count the bookmarked Web pages in my “recipes” folder on Safari; I’ve never counted those, and I add to them at least twice a week.

I regularly use about thirty of these recipes. The rest of them serve no purpose other than to stymie any effort to organize them and streamline the meal-planning process.

So I’m ditching the digital recipe books—with all their lofty promises of easy categorization and drag-and-drop meal planning and the reality that I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to make these streamlining tools work for me—in favor of…an old-fashioned recipe box.

I bought these lovely letterpress printed recipe cards and dividers from 1canoe2 on etsy. Yes, they’re pricey, and certainly it would have been cheaper and simpler to find a way to make do with what I have (especially since somewhere in this house I’m pretty sure I have about 6000 4×6 index cards)—but aren’t they gorgeous?

Rather than sitting down all at once and transferring my recipes from computer to recipe box—which would be a huge and largely futile undertaking with two toddlers climbing up my legs as I sat at the table trying to write—each day I am writing out whatever recipes I use that day and filing them in the box. This way within a month I’ll have all the recipes I use most often in my little recipe box for quick reference.

I think I’m going to keep all the recipes I have on my laptop—for now, anyway. After all, I must have saved them for a reason, and now when I’m in the mood to try something a little different I have a large library of possibilities at my fingertips. And maybe eventually one or two of them will become favourites and earn a place in my recipe box.

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  1. Christina Keenan permalink
    Saturday, 19 February 2011 11:26 am

    Let me know if you want more. I am the keeper of ALL of the PICKLE receipes and other strange foods from my Mother’s kitchen.

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