Tip 7: Make your own recipe notebook.
Here's what you need:
- a three-ring notebook, at least 1.5 inches thick
- a box of plastic sheet protectors (I got this box of 200 sheets at Office Depot)
- tabs or notebook dividers for dividing into sections (I am partial to these Post-It Durable tabs. You can also get a free sample in the mail and a dollar off coupon here. I found mine at Office Depot for $3.50)
Next, you need an organizational system that makes sense for you. My notebook sections are:
- Soup and salad
- Sauces and dressings
- Side dishes
- Main dishes
- Cooking class (for recipes collected at cooking classes...I've taken them at Sur la Table and L'Academie de Cuisine and 2941)
- Take-out menus
To maximize space and minimize cost, don't forget to put at least two recipes in each sheet protector.
Finally, you have to stay on top of your recipes. Anytime I see anything I like in a magazine or online, or I get a recipe from a friend, I file it away in a little plastic sheet inside my binder. This organizational system works well also when you're trying to plan a weekly dinner menu or you're bringing food to a potluck. Need a dessert? No problem, check the Dessert section!
Next up....food magazine recommendations.