Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Here a recipe, there a recipe, everywhere a recipe

I collect recipes.  Recipe books, magazines, scraps of paper, it doesn't matter.  I even have them all over my computer.  I have a bookmark folder with recipes, a file on my desktop, and a Pinterest board...or 2, or 3, not to mention the random links all over the place.  Recipes and craft supplies vie for my attention all over the house.  I can spend just as many hours pouring over food blogs as I can over crafting blogs.  I have to really set limits for myself, or I'll get lost forever.

Last year I bought Living Cookbook to try and sort out some of the clutter.  I haven't even begun to delve into what this program can do.  So far, I have typed in some family recipes and imported some of our favorites from the internet.  I am really hoping between Pinterest and this software I can get rid of most of this.

This program is supposed to store recipes, do the nutrition for them, make menus and shopping lists and a bunch of other stuff that I am not even sure I need. But if I can do a nice menu/shopping list from it, it'll be worth it's weight in gold.

On a side note, I just googled how much a CD weighs, about .58 ounces.  Then I googled the price of gold per ounce, $1785.  That makes this program a steal by my own twisted logic!  And it also proves how easily sidetracked I can get.

This doesn't even begin to show you my collection.  That's only 1 file folder of magazine and printed recipes (I have 3).  That's only 3 magazines I haven't searched through yet (I have 6 sitting on my desk).  That's only 3 or 4 of my cookbooks (I have a couple of dozen, and that's after the great purge of 2011 when I got rid of about 100).  And you can only see 4 or 5 of my recipes cards from the Great Recipe Organization of 1993, which failed. (I have a ton of those).

Here's the only problem I have found with the cookbook:  It doesn't automatically import a recipe when you cook it.  Nor does it automatically account for any changes you regularly make to a recipe.  In fact, the only way to import recipes to this program is to actually do it!!  No mind reading. No magic.  No recipe teleportation. (and how stupid is my spell check that it doesn't know what teleportation is??  I need spell check for geeks apparently.)

Just do it...or sit here, gather all kinds of recipes, toss them on your desk, photograph them and then blog about it.  I think we all know where I stand on this subject.

1 comment:

  1. I used to use Master Cook software and you're right - just the ability to make menus and shopping lists makes it all worthwhile. I did a huge cookbook purge recently because the accumulation was just getting crazy. I bet for every recipe I've actually cooked I have at least a dozen more I've clipped out of magazines or printed off the internet.

    It's a disease. Like the crafting thing.