Weekly Plan Tip #1: The Recipe Temple
The other week I went looking for a recipe I made three years ago. I knew it was in a cookbook, but was it one my Mom owned or one of mine? I knew there was a white bean mash involved, served under some meat, but was it lamb or steak? I don’t know about you, but not being able to find a recipe is not only mentally frustrating, but I crave that meal that “I don’t really know whats in it but it must be amazing I want it so badly” It puts me in a tough spot, both physically and emotionally. Just ask Z. Julie Powell breakdown alert.
Becoming a recipe enthusiast is a dangerous habit. Once you’re hooked, your Mom’s library of cookbooks becomes a new closet of Jimmy Choo’s (yet more affordable!), the internet a smorgasbord of calorie-free food porn. You mark pages, make photo copies, print index cards. You must have dinner parties! You must make souffle! Your supply of post-its dwindles away…
And then, you go crazy. Its just too much.
At least that how it went for me. I have a half dozen notebooks with recipes scribbled down, and I can’t count the number of bookmarked websites (I could say around 200, but that might be generous). Once you are “bitten by the bug” you end up with duck confit overload. As you can have too many guests at a party, you can find yourself with too many recipes in the kitchen.
It has taken me a long while and a lot of cookbook group therapy (“I promise I’ll cook with you next, Gordon Ramsey!“) to master the way to pick and choose recipes from week to week. I promise you, it can be done! No matter how many posts are starred in your Google Reader.
The only way I can manage recipes is by making the most awesome list ever. The way to reserve recipes your find anywhere, all in one convenient place! And if I had started this earlier, I wouldn’t still be hunting for that sundried tomato dip I know I copied somewhere when I was 12. Blast!
So here, my friends, I share my secret. The Recipe Temple. The most awesome recipe list ever.
1. Find a place to keep it. I chose a Google doc in my gmail account. That way I can access it from anywhere and it can be easily edited!
So you found yourself an amaaaaazing recipe!
(Yep, this is pretty amazing. I’ve made it before. Now, so should you!)
3. Go to your recipe temple.
4.Write down what the recipe is called (word for word, trust me!) and who its by/where its from under the correct category.
5. If its online: add a link to it. If its from a cookbook: see if you can find the recipe online and then create a link. I love looking at cookbooks, but it is so much easier to search for them quickly on the web. If you can’t find it, put the cookbook’s name. If its by word of mouth: write that recipe down!
6. Copy a list of the main ingredients and add them under the name.
Now all of your recipes from all of your favorite places are in one, easy to use spot!
There is so much more to say about how awesome having this list is (which I will get into as the weeks go on!). It almost makes me have the urge to cross reference. But if I really wanted to do that I probably should have gone to law school. Instead Z just chops it up to “I’m a girl and I like to make lists.” Yeah, he’s the one in law school 🙂