For the longest time I have been planning to organize years worth of recipes – magazine articles, scraps of paper, photo copies, computer print outs, etc. A few summers ago while cooking at Moose Point, I sat on the beach on my afternoon breaks, watched my kids play, and typed recipes into my computer so that I could pass my spiral bound notebook of recipes on to Donna. I thought this would also be the beginning of sorting all of my recipes on the computer.
After researching computer software, online applications, and considering custom layouts to print my own book, I finally decide to go completely computer free in my recipe organization. What a liberating decision! I couldn’t believe how much it excited me once I decided to stick with such an “old fashioned” medium – paper and ink!
I like the recipe indexes in Best of Bridge cookbooks, so I used this format, with some customization, for organizing my self-adhesive tabs on sheet protectors. Each section starts with a full sheet protector and is filled with 4×6″ and 5×7″ photo album pages.
There is still a lot of sorting left to do, and I have to reformat some of my recipes that are already on the computer to fit on 4×6″ cards. But with the boys cutting and pasting, and me laying out the categories, we made quite a lot of progress and it is quite exciting!