The left side of my recipe cupboard (above the stove) is full of cookbooks. From classics like Betty Crockers Baking to exotic from Vienna, and from Breakfast to Desserts, I have plenty of cookbooks.
So why wouldn't I add on to them, by piling up recipes from magazines, like Taste of Home and Better Homes and Gardens?
Here's my problem! I have so many recipes, and places to look, that some never get touched! This past year I added a new system to my cooking. As I chose a recipe out of a cookbook I kept a pencil nearby. After eating, I tried to get a consensus of how well it was liked. If everyone enjoyed it, a penciled in a smiley face next to the recipe.
Eventually I will be able to go through each cookbook, and tally up the smiley's and frowny's. If there are more frowny's then that cookbook will not be kept. If there is a specific recipe in it that was truly amazing, I can write it down on a recipe card, and add it to my handy recipe box.
By the end of next year, I'm hoping my recipe cupboard has a few less books. Of course new ones wouldn't hurt, but I think I need to get rid of some first.
Another way to organize your recipes, is to go paperless! My new favorite website, and where I spend a fair amount of time, Pinterest! If you haven't heard of pinterest yet, I warn you, it is amazing, and thoroughly enjoyable! Here is a sampling of some of the recipes I've pinned to my food board
I'm linking up with Confessions of a Frugal Mind