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Day 6: 31 Day Challenge -Recipe Organization

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

I’d be lying if I said I was a great cook, but I can say that I have a handful of recipes that I can rock when I need to.  I have always felt that by the time I get to the kitchen most of my creativity is already used up on art and crafts.  This year will be different though, my husband and I have vowed to eat at home all year as part of a debt repayment plan that we’ve made with ourselves.  One of the easiest ways to find additional income in your budget is to scale-back your grocery and/or going out to eat budgets.  In thinking about cooking for ourselves for an entire year, I have been feeling strongly that we need to learn some new dance steps in the kitchen, so here’s my plan to get some new, tested recipes.

My husband and I have our own way of working together in the kitchen which usually involves me finding the recipe online, sending it to him vial email, I shop for the items and then he cooks it most of time.  I recently realized that recipes were getting sort of lost in email land.  If we want to make the recipe again I had to dig through my emails to find it again.  I knew there were online recipe boxes and I started researching them.  I wanted to find one that was quasi-private.  Meaning, my friend and family could view them and could share their recipes, but the recipes wouldn’t be viewed by everyone on the planet.  After much searching I found My Recipe Circle dot com.  I have only started to enter in recipes, but today I plan to spend some time entering in a few more and then sharing them with my friends.  I will enter my best and most favorite recipes that I’ve tried and loved and I will ask my friends to do the same.  Over time we will build a recipe data base of all the “BEST” recipes and they will be very easy to find.  I am actually about to turn 40 years old and for my 40th Bday I want to receive a best recipe from each of my friends.  I plan to send them the site info and hopefully they will enter one recipe (or more if they want to) and then we will all them to share!

Day 6: Recipe Organization

I am down-sizing my cookbooks too!  Some of my cookbooks I’ve owned for years and have made no recipes out the book or maybe one.  If I’ve only made one recipe then I plan to copy that recipe into my new online recipe box so that I have have them in one place and the get rid of the ones I’ve made nothing from.

I have a big stack of recipes that I’ve printed out from the internet as well and I plan on entering the best of the best into my online recipe box and sharing them with friends and family.  Nothing gets me more excited than simplification and streamlining!

This is my cookbook reject pile.  I also got rid of all the weird kitchen utensils, cups I don’t use, etc.  I’ve saved these things for years thinking it would be useful some day, but no.  Bye, bye excess kitchen clutter!

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.  I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!