I don’t own any cookbooks. I figured out long ago that there were only one or two recipes in each cookbook that I ever really used, if that. They take up a lot of space that I don’t have, at least if I want to continue with my “Rachel Ray” cabinet. So, at some point, I copied the recipes I actually used and sold the books themselves. I still buy a cookbook from time to time, usually an impulse buy, with a promise that I’ll cook every meal in the crockpot from now on, or that all meals will come in pocket form, or have 5 ingredients or less. But it never matters, I only use one or two recipes from the book and move on.
I usually get my recipes and new ideas from various online sources, as you can see from my Recipes page. I am subscribed to a number of different recipe emails (a local newspaper column, Parents.com, Hungry-Girl.com, Kraft Recipes, etc.)
Introduce: THE BINDER
I have recipes organized into Breakfast, Appetizers, Sides, Vegetarian Entrees, Entrees, and Desserts. Recipes don’t get printed until they are on a set menu. If they pass the test, they get a coveted spot in the binder. If not, they are thrown out. I know I can easily flip through to find dinner ideas that my family actually enjoys, without getting bogged down with lofty recipes I hope to try one day. This is how I’ve been able to get out of the dinner rut that we used to find ourselves in all the time.