Organizing Your Recipes

While many of us enjoy cooking, it isn’t always easy to keep track of our impressive recipe collections. In order to make your recipes easier to find (and not to mention giving your patience a break!), we’re going to talk about a few ways you can get your recipes organized.

Recipe Book

Instead of storing your recipes in the “haphazard shoebox” fashion, how about converting them into a nice recipe book? If most of your recipes are on index or recipe cards, a photo album with plastic sleeves may work particularly well for you as long as the card fits comfortably in the slot. If you have quite a large collection of recipes, try obtaining a large family photo album that allows eight to twelve slots per sleeve (front and back). The order you put the cards in is totally up to you, as your recipe book should reflect your preference. Some people prefer to sort based on main dishes, desserts, breads/pastries, beverages, etc., while others prefer alphabetical order.

If you don’t have your recipes on cards, or if you’re like most people, you might have your recipes on papers and cards of all shapes and sizes. If this is the case, you might want to think about typing them all up and printing them off. After all of your recipes are transferred to this new format, the next step is to get a binder (three ring binders work well) and some tabbed dividers. Label each divider by the category you wish (ie: type of meal, alphabetical order, etc.) and get to work punching holes in your recipe sheets to accommodate the binder’s rings. If you prefer, you can purchase plastic sleeves to keep your sheets spill-proof-which is highly recommended to counter those splatters of sauce, batter, or grease that always tend to smudge our favorite recipes.

Whether you use a photo album or a binder, don’t be afraid to get creative with your recipe book. Get some construction paper and glue or clip clip pictures from magazines. There’s nothing wrong with adding a dash of imagination that might even inspire your cooking!

eRecipe Catalog

The Internet is not only a great place to search through millions of recipes, but it’s also handy for storing the ones you already have. Sites like WeGottaEat and OneTSP are free to sign up and allow you to add your own recipes by simply typing them up. Yes, this can be quite tedious if you have a lot of recipes, but just imagine how easy it will be to find a recipe by simply typing in a keyword and clicking “search.” You can also browse thorough members’ recipes and send recipes to friends and family. Online recipe storage sites are very user friendly, so you don’t have to be particularly computer savvy to utilize this great feature. Also, by storing your recipes online you can easily include pictures that would otherwise mean added bulk to your recipe collection.

Software

Say you like the idea of easily searching for and pulling up your recipes, but you aren’t too keen on relying upon an Internet connection. You might not want to totally rule out the option of a computerized recipe book. There is a wealth of recipe software available for download on the Internet. Many of them are classed as “freeware,” which means that you can download and use the software for free. Some cooking software is available online for purchase, but they do throw in some handy “extras” that are worth the money, such as measurement calculators and converters, meal planning and shopping lists, and nutritional value calculators.

These are just a few ways that you can free up that recipe drawer and simplify the entire task of cooking from a recipe. Best of luck in whichever method you choose to organize your recipes-and happy cooking!

Why Pay for Recipes When You Get Them Online for Free?

With so many recipe web sits online, why should you pay for recipes? The Internet really gives you a great resource of many different web sites. There is a great variety of web sites out there. Some sites are run by food companies such as Kraft foods, Barilla Pasta, and Land O’Lakes. Other sites are run by magazines like Martha Steward, Women’s Day, Family Circle, and many others. There are other websites that are simply collections of recipes.

Many companies such as Kraft foods build websites so you will use their ingredients in the food that you make. On Kraft’s website you can find so many recipes for things made with cheese: casseroles, appetizers, breads, pizzas, and so much more. Other sites such as Barilla Pasta feature recipes that are specialize in pasta. Land of Lakes features recipes that contain butter: cookies, sauces, breads, a variety of desserts, and so much more. If you buy a particular brand of food, chances are that there is a web site to compliment what you just bought.

Many magazines offer free recipes online. Bon Appetit, Gourmet Magazine offers tons of recipes from current magazines as well as the past. Other magazines such as Woman’s Day, and Family Circle offer so many free recipes. So if you can think of a magazine you enjoy, chances are there is a web site to match.

Another terrific type of recipe web site are simply ones that are collections of recipes. Allrecipes.com features many recipes from its viewers, people just like you. SOAR recipe archive has been around since around 1995 and is a non profit web site that features thousands of recipes from many different categories. Be sure to use your favorite search engine to find recipe collections based upon pies, cakes, Jewish, French, and just about any other sorts of recipes you can think of.

You can easily see that there are many different free recipes available online. There is really no need in purchasing recipes when there is a great variety that is available for you. There are literally thousands of recipes and cooking web sites that are waiting for you to explore them.

Web Sites Mentioned

Major food companies

http://www.kraft.com

[http://www.barillaus.com/index.aspx]

http://www.landolakes.com/

Magazines with recipes

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/ – Features recipes from Gourmet and Bon Apetit Magazines

http://www.womansday.com

http://www.familycircle.com

Other Recipe Websites

http://www.recipesource.com/

http://www.allrecipes.com

Cheesecake Factory Restaurant Recipes – How to Make Your Own Cheesecakes Just Like a Master Chef

Do you like cheesecakes? Then you know that finding a recipe which satisfies your taste buds is no joke. Sure, you can hunt for Cheesecake Factory restaurant recipes on Google. But do you know how many of these recipes are lying around? At last count, I found over 500 references in English! Good luck hunting through them to find your recipe.

For a cheesecake lover, looking through magazines, cookbooks and your grandmother’s recipe collection is no answer, either. Sure, you’ll find some decent cheesecake recipes. One or two may even be good. But will it be the cheesecake recipe you are looking for?

An easier way is to look for a collection of cheesecake recipes from well-known restaurants. You might find one or two in your local library, if it is well-stocked. You can probably find something on Amazon, although they may not have a copy in stock.

Or you can look for an online collection of restaurant recipes (you just need to know where to look). Where do these recipes come from? Honestly, you could also ask where some chefs get their recipes from! Jokes aside, some of these cheesecake recipes are shared by master chefs, while others were “reverse-engineered” by cheesecake lovers.

What’s great about these Cheesecake Factory cheesecake recipes is that they guarantee you will like what comes out of the oven. Even if you can’t find a recipe from your favorite restaurant, these Cheesecake Factory restaurant recipes are the same ones used by well-known restaurants, so you know they will be good.

You no longer need to serve a 10-year apprenticeship at the feet of a master chef to learn how to make world-class cheesecakes. All you need is a basic ability to cook, the ability to follow instructions and Cheesecake Factory restaurant recipes. (In my case, I share my appetite while sis does the cooking.)

With a Cheesecake Factory cheesecake recipe in your own two hands, you no longer need to spend 1 hour in a queue at your favorite restaurant just because you feel like eating cheesecake. Ah! Life is bliss.