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Old 07-21-2010, 09:13 AM   #11
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BeachChick, the concerns you expressed in your post are why I have stuck with WORD.

There is no doubt you could format your WORD documents to print on index cards if you wanted to. I use paper because it allows me to use larger print I can read without glasses. I use 12 pt. Arial.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:12 AM   #12
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I like having them on the computer (currently in Cook'n format - not thrilled with it). I usually just print them when I need them which works fine, but that wastes a lot of paper. So my thought was that I'd print the ones I use all the time on recipes card so I could access them easily. I even bought myself this cute little Martha Stewart red tin recipe box at Macy's. (I am SO not Martha, but the box was cute!)

The recipe box sits on the bookshelf in my office, adorable, but empty because I can't print the cards with Cook'n! :)

The Word system would work, but what I like about the cookbook software is the ability to search recipes, etc. Your system sounds really organized, but don't you have TONS of recipes in each category folder? I'd think it would be cumbersome over the years, but I guess if you have them all printed, then you have the book to look in...you probably don't access the recipes via your computer very often.

Maybe I'll send you ALL of my recipes and you can organize them for me. After all, you gave a gift to PF60! :)
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:12 PM   #13
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I have a 3" three-ring binder full of printed recipes. These are all recipes I have cooked more than once and we like. I have quite a few more I have copied to the computer but haven't tried yet. I access the recipes on the computer all the time when I'm watching a ball game and trying to figure out what to cook. When I'm cooking, I just open the book.

I also add notes to recipes after I try them so I can make changes next time. The notes are in red. My goal is to ensure the electronic and printed recipes are always the same. I print off the annotated recipe and put it in the book so I'll know what I did and what was wrong with the recipe for the next time.

Yes, I'm anal and detail oriented. It works for me but not for everyone.

You're welcome to send me all your recipes...
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:22 PM   #14
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PF60 - good luck. Let us know how it works out for you.
Recipes are on hold for now, busy getting the home wireless network set up. I will be revisiting next week, my days off are almost up and I lack sleep. It's not everyday we get a windfall and we've been a bit goofy the last couple of weeks.

Thanks, I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:06 PM   #15
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i also use word, not as organised as Andy's but very simular system.
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I'm like Andy...I have been using WORD for years. I used to have a 3-ring binder...now I have a 5-drawer filing cabinet

I have my folder set up something like this:

APPETIZERS
then once I name a recipe with the word APPETIZER I follow with a hypen and the name, like this:

APPETIZER - Asian Chicken Wings

You can then sub-categorize your appetizers into:

APPETIZER - WINGS
APPETIZER - CHICKEN
APPETIZER - SEAFOOD

BBQ SAUCE
BREAD - SWEET
BREAD - YEAST
BREAD - CORNBREAD

ENTREE - POULTRY
ENTREE - BEEF
ENTREE - CHINESE

The list goes on. Each time you save a recipe start with your main category and go from there. Everything ends up in alphabetical order in the right category. If you find yourself with a huge collection of Mexican recipes you can make as many sub-categories as you need:

ENTREE - MEXICAN - CHICKEN

Then your recipe would be saved as:

ENTREE - MEXICAN - CHICKEN - Mojo Chicken with Cilantro Rice (or whatever the name is)

ENTREE - MEXICAN - RICE

etc., etc.

I thought about doing different folders for each category, but, I like to look through ALL my recipes without going back and forth from folder to folder. I hope that wasn't confusing!

You can then set up folders for recipes you actually create versus copy and paste. It's always good to know which ones are actually yours.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:14 AM   #17
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I'm like Andy...I have been using WORD for years. I used to have a 3-ring binder...now I have a 5-drawer filing cabinet

I have my folder set up something like this:

APPETIZERS
then once I name a recipe with the word APPETIZER I follow with a hypen and the name, like this:

APPETIZER - Asian Chicken Wings

You can then sub-categorize your appetizers into:

APPETIZER - WINGS
APPETIZER - CHICKEN
APPETIZER - SEAFOOD

BBQ SAUCE
BREAD - SWEET
BREAD - YEAST
BREAD - CORNBREAD

ENTREE - POULTRY
ENTREE - BEEF
ENTREE - CHINESE

The list goes on. Each time you save a recipe start with your main category and go from there. Everything ends up in alphabetical order in the right category. If you find yourself with a huge collection of Mexican recipes you can make as many sub-categories as you need:

ENTREE - MEXICAN - CHICKEN

Then your recipe would be saved as:

ENTREE - MEXICAN - CHICKEN - Mojo Chicken with Cilantro Rice (or whatever the name is)

ENTREE - MEXICAN - RICE

etc., etc.

I thought about doing different folders for each category, but, I like to look through ALL my recipes without going back and forth from folder to folder. I hope that wasn't confusing!

You can then set up folders for recipes you actually create versus copy and paste. It's always good to know which ones are actually yours.
Now that makes sense. Cool! Thanks! Thanks for all the ideas, Everyone. Now for the time to work on it.
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:30 AM   #18
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Ms Word or even Windows Wordpad/Write would be suffice, it's what I usually do when I copy-pasta from various web sites.

I also think a Excel or maybe even a Access file would be good too. All this got me thinking if there are Office Templates for recipes. There are some, but I don't have Office to try them out:

Recipes - Templates - Microsoft Office
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