I clip many recipes from magazines, newspapers, etc. The pile can get quite large, and I end up never even trying any of them. I've solved this and all it took was a clear 3 ring plastic page protector and a piece of colored paper.
I choose about a dozen recipes from my large accumulation, these would be ones where the ingredients are in season and ones that sound so good to me that I just can't wait to try them. I put these in the plastic sleeve behind the piece of colored paper. Then I pick the one recipe that I will make first, and place it on the front side of the piece of colored paper.
I check the ingredients before I go to the grocery store. Soon I can make the recipe, and it is even protected in the plastic sleeve while I am cooking. If we don't care for the finished dish, I throw away the clipping. If we love it, I place it in another permanent notebook along with my own notes.
When I need something new or special for company, I can go to my "good" notebook and choose a proven winner. A new recipe then moves to the front of my plastic sleeve, and more new clippings get added to the back side of that sleeve. I manage to try about 2 new recipes each week!
I'm getting ready to expand this idea and have several plastic sleeves full of recipes, each sleeve with a category of recipes such as meat, salads, desserts, etc.
By Ruth in OH
I just started doing this, I am so tired of eating the same old thing all the time. I ask my husband and son what sounds good? I get the same thing every time..What ever you want to make...ha . I have asked them to go thru recipes with me so I could make things that sound good to them too. There are only so many ways you can cook hamburger. Our son is a butcher so he has started bring home different cuts of meat. We have had stuffed pork chops, marinated chicken breasts and different cuts of beef. If I had of known all I had to do was go on strike to get them to wake up, I would have done this alot quicker. Now on the weekends we look through alot of my recipes and pick enough for the week. The ones we like go into a book to have again and I throw out the rest.
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