I’m not creating any resolutions this year. I started to write up this big post about all the issues I have with resolutions–the fact that they’re mostly unattainable lifestyle changes that no one really ever keep–but then I felt all smart-assy and so I decided to scrap it. 2011 for me needs to be about calmness and peace. At least until the end of April when that baby comes…and then all bets are off.
So, instead of telling you about why I’m not going to make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2011, I thought I’d instead randomly tell you about projects I’d like to work on this year. I figure if the projects are “out there” then I’ll feel more compelled to actually work on them? It’s a nice theory, anyway.
Please tell me you do this: tear out recipes from magazines or gather emails from friends or even have odd scraps of papers with recipes scrawled on them. Surely I’m not alone. My recipe stack has grown exponentially since subscribing to Real Simple [LOVE that magazine…even if I’m several months behind in reading] and it’s time for me to do something about it because I’m not going to cook any of those recipes when I have them all tucked away in a folder.
So, the plan. I’ve already bought the binder, dividers, and page protectors; have my sections worked out (you know…meats, salads, desserts, appetizers, etc); and even bought the fun colored paper to make the binder fun and exciting. So, now I just need to go through the [hundreds of] recipes I have snipped over the years and compile them very neatly in the binder.
The end product? Being able to cook yummy and delicious recipes from a variety of sources! Nevermind the dozen cook books I already have in my pantry.
Neurotic? Maybe. But I’m at least trying to be an organized neurotic. And besides, I’m convinced that my neuroses are what makes you love me so much?
What do you do with recipes you’ve collected over the years? Do you have a system that works well for you? Share your suggestions!