The Art of Organizing Recipes

Art_Organizing_RecipesOne of the curses of being an organized person, is that you constantly feel the need to reorganize until everything is just perfect. My recipe book is usually one area which is perfectly in order. I have a handful of recipes I cook on a regular basis and on occasion will pull something from the book to “spice things up”. Recently, however, I have become quite bored with the routine recipes and felt the need to stretch my wings in the kitchen department. An overhaul needed to take place!

The first step in our reorganization process, was to weed out recipes, frankly, we were never going to use. I mean, realistically, would my kids eat seafood mac and cheese? Next, we headed to the library and grabbed a bunch of books which seemed to have great ideas. We sifted our way through them, marking the ones we thought would be of interest, and then hunted them down on the internet. Those we could find were bookmarked on Pinterest for future use. Those we couldn’t, we scanned and filed on the computer. The recipes we found most useful (such as baking fresh bread) and likely to be used, we printed.

The printed pages were hole punched and placed into our new recipe book – a binder. We designed a clever cover and section dividers with witty sayings. We now have sections for just about anything!

  • Breakfast
  • Breads
  • Appetizers & Snacks
  • Sides
  • Pasta/Rice
  • Soups & Sauces
  • Main Dishes (divided into sections for fish, chicken, beef, and pork)
  • Family Recipes
  • Desserts (divided into sections for cookies, cakes, and other)

We now have a “book” filled with practical recipes that interest all of us. Some of the recipes will be more challenging, while others are simple. Some of them are new adventures, while others are subtle twists on classics. Our goal is to add one of these recipes to our home school day, as often as possible. Sometimes we will use them for lunch, other times for dinner and entertaining.

It is so nice to have this small portion of our lives a little better organized.

“Older women likewise… They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”
~ Titus 2:3-5

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4 thoughts on “The Art of Organizing Recipes

  1. We copy/print favourite recipes and laminate them, holepunch and put in a folder.
    We also have little tags on our favourite recipes in our favourite cookbooks.
    I definitely need to sort through my ‘inspiration’ recipes pile though, its gotten a bit out of hand!

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