Welcome to the first day of Retro Cooking Month! A month to share recipes, try new things and maybe make a plan to cook more at home with simple, healthy ingredients as opposed to take-out, pre-package foods and convenience foods.
Nothing to be afraid of, though, lol! Everyone is invited to play along at any level of participation – don’t want to cook your own bread all month? No one is going to cry foul! Kids aren’t going to live for a month without Pop Tarts? We won’t tell! Share one recipe on your blog, or share every day – it’s all good!
Along with themes for the day, Retro Cooking Month is also going to feature guest blogs and giveaways!
Today’s theme is sharing your recipe system! Whether you have a organized recipe box, keep them on your computer, or have them shoved in a box, lets hear about them!
Note: somehow my comments are now posting ABOVE my blog posts. I’ve not been messing at all with my code or template, and I have NO idea how this happened. So if you are having trouble finding the comments, button, look up!
Here is my system for recipes:
The first step in my cooking ideas is a spiral notebook. In this notebook, I tape or glue recipes from magazines, recipes from websites (all hail the glorious Food Network website, lol!) and ideas that pop into my head.
They sit here in this notebook until I decide that I’m ready to try them out. When I’m ready to cook, they move to my fancy kitchen cabinet accessory:
Also known as a clothes pin that holds them to my cabinet handle! Here they hang so that I can follow them while I’m cooking. I keep a pen in this cabinet, so I can make adjustments to the recipe as I go through it – because I always have something that I want to change, leave out or add. I make a little note right on the page about my changes.
After we actually eat the dish, I jot down notes about anything else I might want to change (there’s always something!) after we’ve tasted it. Adjustments in seasonings, maybe I want to try using leftover meat instead of cooking it fresh to speed up the recipe, etc.
When I’m completely happy with all the changes and have the final recipe that I’d like it to be, it gets printed or written down and added to my binder.
They get placed in a plastic sleeve, so that they can travel back and forth to the kitchen and not get ruined. If the recipe belongs in more than one section, I make a note on the divider in the other sections on where in the binder it resides. For example, a pork based wonton recipe might live in the “Asian” section, but I make a note on the divider of the “Appetizer”, “Pork” and “Party Foods” sections so I think of the recipe when I hit those sections for ideas!
And that’s my system in a nutshell! What’s yours? Share your a link, or a recipe on your blog, then leave your link here: