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Old 10-14-2009, 12:31 PM   #21
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I have many file card boxes from my great-grandmothers thru "my generation" - it's really is a kick to wander through them.

but I do keep my stuff in text files - in a directory with sub-directories - and I simply print out a copy when I need it to take into the kitchen. many of the old favorites I've copied into 'electronic'

I have a special folder "Pending" - I copy stuff off the cooking sites that I want to try into that location and if it pans out I'll keep it and move it to my Beef, Chicken, Breads, <whatever> folder.

I especially like the approach because I can make & keep notes for scaling up/down, 'modifications/changes' that worked, didn't work, a wine that worked especially well with the dish, etc. 3x5 cards are,,,, well,,,, small.

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Old 10-14-2009, 12:47 PM   #22
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One serious problem I have.

All the recipes I have copied from the internet that I liked and intended to make one day outnumber the recipes I have made and are in my cookbook by about 100 to 1!

I need to start a process like the movie and make a new recipe every day to get through them all in my lifetime.

Then there are all the recipes I have clipped from magazines and other sources...

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Old 10-15-2009, 08:46 AM   #23
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Recipe box

I'm old fashioned. I keep all my recipes on recipe cards in a recipe box arranged in different categories.

I use an empty desk calendar plastic easel to hold the recipe card while preparing food items to cook or bake.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:03 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by chelli View Post
hmm, how do you guys use the recipes while you cook? Do you have a computer near the kitchen? I am a fairly low level cook, so i often find myself walking back and forth from the kitchen and the computer as i often forget the steps or the less obvious ingredients.
Thats the advantage of having a laptop with wireless, you can site the laptop in ur kitchen.

Why dont you print recipes out when you like them?
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:13 PM   #25
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PDAs, smart phones, text messages are all easy ways to get recipes into a device you can easily keep in the kitchen in your pocket and glance at as needed.
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Old 10-23-2009, 01:47 PM   #26
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I just now received in the mail my first recipe book. Amish Cooking. Simple recipes. Simple ingredients.

Can't wait. I smell a collection forming.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:31 PM   #27
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Talk about timely on finding this post.
I had picked up the software "Cook'n" but read the return policy afterward that if I open the software it is non-returnable. Makes sense.

Considering it was over $60, I wanted to try it.
I found on cnet.com where I could download a 30 day trial.
So, I downloaded trials on both Cook'n and Living Cookbook.

I've decided I really like Living Cookbook and am going to order it and return Cook'n.

Living Cookbook is half the price, it allows you to manage kitchen inventory and like someone said, include your own photos.
You can also publish your own cookbook out to Word, and when you input ingredients and the servings, it calculates the nutrition value for you too.

I'm really pleased with the trial of this one so far. I currently have all my recipes in a hodge podge of TXT and Word files on my pc, along with various cookbooks.
I'm going to start converting my favorites into my own cookbook.
The ones I've downloaded from various sites but not tried, I'm going to create a separate cookbook for them, and if they are good, then will move them to my own for repeating. :)
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:53 PM   #28
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I've been wanting to computerize my recipes since the eighties, and just never wanted to sit down and do it. I'd rather cook than type. With the inexpensive little netbooks out there, it's getting to be a better and better idea though. Maybe one day soon.

Right now, my recipes are written on any number of things with the stacks of recipes tossed into ziplock bags in categories. It's not pretty...but it works. These bags have handwritten recipes from various family members, recipes clipped off of ingredient bags and boxes, scribbled on napkins...you name it.

I also have around three hundred cookbooks with post-it notes marking recipes I really liked and a recipe card file full of recipes that my mother got every month (like the book of the month club with recipe cards) for a long while in the seventies.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:31 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by apple*tart View Post
I use macgourmet and I love it. I do bring my laptop into the kitchen (or rather on a surface between my kitchen and dining room) when I cook. It's amazingly awesome.
I use MacGourmet also. I don't have a laptop, but I do alot of my menu and shopping plans at the computer and print out the meals I plan on making if it isn't already in my binder. Laptop is my next investment.
Finally things have started clicking for me, my knees, my elbows, my back, etc...
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:42 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by jennifer75 View Post
Totally unorganized pile in a kitchen drawer. Small notes, large print outs, magazines, all of'em. UN-OR-GAN-IZED. :) But I know what's in there, somewhere.

you and i are buds, jennifer. i did go through them a while ago and got rid of the ones i will never make. i keep current ones in basket in kitchen. and the rest in a hat box. we are organized, we just do it differently. lol

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