But yes, cookbooks will mostly be going away. As you can see they take up a TON of space. So, what I have been working on is my own lovely cookbook. For a while, I've been using one of the premade binder cookbooks, the ones that you can write your own recipes on 4x6 cards, and have them all match and be pretty. In fact, this is the one I've been using! It was a gift to my mom from a close friend, and I've been using it (with her, but since I'm the main cook here, it kinda got inherited to me...)
So I finally caved and decided to make my own! This way, I could customize it, and actually put things where I wanted them to go! In categories that make sense to me! Hopefully they make sense to everyone else, too.... >.< So, without further ado, here is my new, handy dandy cookbook! (sorry... spend too much time watching children's shows with my niece and nephews.... *images of a blue dog running around flies through my head*)
|Yes, I called it Omm Nom Nom. I couldn't think of anything else!!!|
My categories are:
- Side Dishes
- Main Dishes
- Tips and Tricks
Yeah, I know, that is a lot of categories. And, yes, some are not usually found in pre-made recipe card books. Thus, my initial dilemma. Making it this way makes it very ease to eventually move half of these recipe categories (ie the baking department) into a different book when this one gets too full. I like that idea very much, personally! And, besides, this suits my needs right now very well.
Within this lovely cookbook, I have a few different sized pages for various recipes. First, I got a box of 100 4x6 picture holding sleeves. It was actually cheaper to buy the ones made for pictures than it was to buy the ones made for recipes. Plus, the ones that I kept finding for the recipes only had two slots per page, and were not full sized pages. So, picture album sleeves for the win!
Also, I got a bunch of full sleeve page protectors, and, yes this may seem weird at first, but give it a chance, a thing of business card protector sleeves.
Yes, I said it, business card protector sleeves. Also, baseball card protectors would work really well, too. Think about it, recipes that are very small (such as cocktail recipes, or spice blends) that you don't want to waste a full recipe card on, let alone the space for the recipe card!
Look at these things! Fricken useful if you ask me! Magazine cutouts. Cocktail recipes, the little things that come of bottles of booze (I work at a liquor store, so I end up acquiring a lot of these...) Spice blends, which to me usually taste better than the store bought ones. Things like that!
And, honestly, I don't think I saw that idea on any other blog about making your own book. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though!
Back to the making of bit. With that whole stack of magazines that have been just taking up so much space. I butchered them. Plain and simple. I took my lovely pair of scissors, and chopped them up to little pieces. Well, not all of them went to little pieces, some of them stayed nice and big. And, now I can recycle the now non needed magazines, and clear up a whole area of storage. Bonus!
Making a Recipe Binder
(aka What you need)
- A binder. Size depends on what it will be used for. Maybe you want to make individual ones for main meals, desserts, beverages etc. Then, you may want 1" or 1 1/2 " instead of the 2" like the one I used.
- Page protectors. Size also depends on what it will be used for. Full page sleeves for pages printed off of the computer, or for things scrapbooked together out of magazines to make nice full pages. Sleeves that fit the specific cards used (in my case 4x6). Or even using the business card or baseball card protectors, for the little recipes.
- Dividers. Preferably the extra long ones, so you can actually see the categories if you do use the page protectors. Otherwise, the end of the divider gets lost amongst its companions.
- Paper. Yes, I know... paper? Well, you want your book to look pretty, right? Whether its scrapbook paper like what I used for the cover, or something awesome printed off of the computer. I've seen some pretty cool ones out there.
- Recipes. Yes, I know, moot point if you're looking at this. But still, recipes. Could be hand written ones passed down the generations, or printed ones off of blogs like thepioneerwoman.com (love the recipe I linked... you gotta try it!!!
Put it all together, and you should get something that's awesome. And useful. And could be given as gifts. Or something that just makes you hungry looking at it. ^-^