I thought since I have already shared on how I catalog/inspiration shop and since my cook book method is very similar I figure I would share it with you.
I started with a plain 4” binder; I love the flexibility of it and dressed it up with a piece of apple fabric. Actually, there isn’t a binder in my house that isn’t covered in fabric; they just look that much prettier and fun sitting on the shelf.
Then I took everyday dividers and created the following sections:
Helpful Hints: This includes, the correct formal table settings, different fork types, product expiration dates (how long will ketchup last etc), centerpiece ideas.
Holiday- This is actually it’s own separate binder divided by holiday and ideas for each holiday go in there.
When I come across a recipe, that I love in a magazine or even on Pinterest, I rip it off or print it off and add it to the try pile- Each of the dividers has a pocket on the back of it and when I come across an idea, I put it in there. Now, when I sit down and work out our family menu, I try to incorporate a new item a week (if the budget allows), if not once a month. If the item is a hit, we add the recipe to the appropriate section of the binder, if not it is thrown in the recycle bin! Easy Peasy!
Now where do I get the recipes, we all know I have my certain things that I am cheap about, one of which is magazines; I refuse to pay for them. I have worked out a deal with my local laundry mat, that every couple of months, I go in and take out their magazines, I also worked out the same deal with the library. Once I choose the recipes etc, that I want, I give the magazines to my local doctor’s office. This way, I am not only recycling but I am helping everyone save some money.