And also, I won't live forever and yes, I'm feeling fairly morbid right about now.
i make lots of yummy things. It's kind of what I'm known for, especially with people outside the family
but also in the family.
My son loves the spaghetti sauce and my daughter always, always requests the chocolate cake with white frosting.
A long, long time ago - in a time before Pinterest - gasp! yes, such a time did actually exist - I started a recipe binder. It was just a 3 ring binder and I stuck those old fashioned photo pages in - you know, the kind that all the scrapbooking people profess to be the worst for all pictures ever! - and any time I saw a recipe that intrigued me, I'd rip it out of a magazine or the newspaper, or jot it down on the back of an envelope
and slap it in that binder.
The cover of the binder got messed up and so I covered the whole thing with cool paper
and the paper ripped up and I covered it over with package tape
and when I didn't like a recipe I often tried to pull that page out, but the plastic would have adhered and often, I couldn't rip it out all the way and some of the recipe would remain. So I would then cover it over with another untried recipe.
Needless to say, the recipe binder wasn't very useful after a while.
But when one of my kids asked me to please make sure someone else knew a recipe, just in case I died, I rethought the binder.
And I bought a new one this weekend, and page protectors, and card stock. I massacred the old binder, cut the recipes to that I knew were family favorites, and pasted them onto card stock. Then I went on my Pinterest board (which ALSO has untried recipes, full disclosure, but also has some things I make over and over) and printed off those pages.
Then I marked them up. "Allegra's favorite." "Best for parties" "Don't serve with this other food, but good on it's own" "The so called Appetizer cake (christened because we had it at a party before the legit birthday cake)" "Your Dad really likes this"
And voila - we have a new, super useful and very instructive recipe binder.
Which my kids think is very morbid. But I remember seeing old recipe boxes at thrift stores and at auctions, and I want to know my kids will have these available to them
If they want or need it. Which they probably won't, but at least I feel better about it -
and my recipes are organized for my own use, which is all kinds of helpful.
How do you have your recipes saved?