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I started collecting recipes when I was in college. Since then it has been an ongoing passion. when ever I found a recipe I liked the sound of, I would cut it out of the magazine, newspaper, etc. I wo
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Recipe Collector

posted at 5/8/2010 9:32 AM EDT
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I started collecting recipes when I was in college. Since then it has been an ongoing passion. when ever I found a recipe I liked the sound of, I would cut it out of the magazine, newspaper, etc. I would even pull out a piece of paper and write a recipe down if the magazine belonged to someone else, such as the dentist. My collection was becoming something of a nightmare, with little pieces of paper floating around the house. Recently I found myself in need of improving my office skills, so I thought, what better way to practice my typing than to type up the recipes I have been collecting for so long. Now I have several notebooks full of recipes I have typed, and the bits of paper are no longer a problem. But where am I going to put all of these notebooks?

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posted at 5/8/2010 10:39 AM EDT
Posts: 13
First: 10/10/2008
Last: 10/5/2010
Can empathize, have recipes everywhere, plus several hundred cookbooks and a computer full of recipes.

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posted at 5/8/2010 11:17 AM EDT
Posts: 37
First: 11/4/2008
Last: 10/2/2010
I also have collected recipes & cookbooks most of my life. I have even started using some of them after all these yrs. I like to make them for potlucks, because the recipe usually makes too much for only two people. I tell everyone that I'm making guinea pigs out of them. Most of the recipes have been successful.

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posted at 5/8/2010 11:25 AM EDT
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I can relate to that. I also collect cookbooks and have kept recipes from magazines, newspapers, etc. I finally bought a large file box with hanging folders for all pieces of paper with recipes.

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posted at 5/8/2010 1:30 PM EDT
Posts: 308
First: 8/13/2008
Last: 12/5/2010
Know exactly what you mean... I am the same way, Cookbooks and notebooks full of recipes....plus all the online recipe boxes..... and I still keep collecting and cooking.

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posted at 5/8/2010 3:07 PM EDT
Posts: 99
First: 10/7/2008
Last: 10/2/2010
I have a full bookcase of cookbooks as well as a total kitchen cupboard with ones passed on to me from my late mother--and I love reading as well as cooking from all the favorite recipes that I grew up with!

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posted at 5/8/2010 3:20 PM EDT
Posts: 47
First: 11/12/2008
Last: 5/8/2010
i also have a lot of cookbooks my 3 favorites are the complete set of cooking encyclopedias used in home ec in 1953 and a cookbook that was given to me by an elderly lady that was on my meals-on-wheels route it starts out telling you how to bring a wood-stove oven to the right temperature/so cool, and it has a lot of tricks ex. if you have ants all you need is a natural sponge-dissolve sugar in water put the sponge in the sugar to soak up when the sponge is swollen put it on a plate in the ant path-the ants crawl in and eat the suger the sponge shrinks and the ants can't get out, you then drop the sponge in hot water -dead ants dry the sponge and start over, and last but not least is an old candy book never had a cover the name of it is no-where in it but it has the best fudge recipes i have ever made,peanut butter melt away oooooh i know what i am doing tomorrow lol

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posted at 5/8/2010 3:21 PM EDT
Posts: 170
First: 10/21/2008
Last: 3/3/2011
I'm glad I can share my addiction with someone! I have around 250 recipes saved for VBB. I have 310 for the Foodnetwork. I have 100 for my kraft recipe box. Not to mention Pepperigde farm,Pillsbury,cookbooks,magazines ect. Shall I go on? lol....I'm with you Brook, I'm going to start organizing,making folders ect. Then start making the ones I have,that's a good start,good luck to you,and keep on baking and cooking!!

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posted at 5/8/2010 3:33 PM EDT
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First: 8/9/2008
Last: 6/2/2013
I also collect cookbooks, recipes from magazines, newspapers, etc. My husband built me a bookcase in my kitchen which is filled with cookbooks. I have another bookcase in the room where my computer is, have cookbooks in the living room bookcases. Have newly acquired cookbooks (Christmas presents) in a wicker basket.Have cardboard boxes with recipes I have either cut out or printed. Have started to put them in binders according to categories. Also have many online recipe boxes. I'm addicted!!!

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posted at 5/8/2010 5:20 PM EDT
Posts: 98
First: 8/29/2008
Last: 9/17/2011
I COLLECT COOK BOOKS AND RECIPES WE HAVE MOVED AROUND IN PAST YEARS AND I WOULD MEET SOMEONE AND ASK THEM TO SHARE A RECIPE AND I WOULD HAVE THEM WRITE THERE NAME AND DATE THE RECIPE AND WHEN I MAKE THE RECIPE I THINK OF THE PERSON I MET YEARS AGO

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posted at 5/8/2010 9:46 PM EDT
Posts: 148
First: 8/6/2008
Last: 1/2/2011
I love cookbooks! I also tear recipes out of magazines & newspapers. I save them in a folder. But what I do is eventually try to make them for my family or a party or whatever. If they are a hit, or my family likes it I write them on a recipe card to put in my recipe box. Now when my family likes a new recipe they say "put it on a card!". I am now looking for pretty wooden recipe card boxes because I am quickly filling up my second one. I also mark my cookbooks with a post-it flag when I make a recipe that we love so I don't have to copy it onto a card. I just love reading cookbooks for fun!

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posted at 5/8/2010 10:41 PM EDT
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First: 8/7/2008
Last: 10/4/2010
I am also a nut for collecting and trying new recipes. My recipes are in a huge binder and I make a concerted effort to try at least one new recipe each week. If we like it it remains in the binder and if not, out it goes.

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posted at 5/9/2010 12:00 AM EDT
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First: 12/30/2008
Last: 10/14/2010
If typed on a computer...there is no reason to print them and put them in notebooks.That's just a waste of paper and space.

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posted at 5/9/2010 12:06 AM EDT
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First: 8/11/2008
Last: 10/17/2010
I do the same--but if I have not tried them out in a 2 month period I throw them out

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posted at 5/9/2010 1:47 AM EDT
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First: 11/9/2009
Last: 12/17/2011
I DO THE SAME THING BROOK, I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE THE 3RD.GRADE, WHEN I GOT MY FIRST COOKBOOK.I HAVE RECIPES FROM MY GRANDMA, MY THIRD GRADE TEACHER, IN THEIR HANDWRITING,BOTH ARE GONE NOW.I KEEP THEM IN BINDERS, BY GROUPS. YOUR RIGHT IT IS A PASSION.IT IS FUN , ENJOY.TO ALL THE MOMS OUT THERE HAPPY MOMS DAY

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posted at 5/9/2010 2:24 AM EDT
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First: 5/9/2010
Last: 2/21/2011
Now it's time to get a scanner and build a cookbook. Great next step in upgrading your skills and you can leave a legacy behind. Good job typing all of those notebooks.

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posted at 5/9/2010 2:43 AM EDT
Posts: 550
First: 8/25/2008
Last: 10/8/2010
Great idea. I too have that recipe fetish and with only me and my husband, which is extremely picky, I do not use them alot

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posted at 5/9/2010 3:54 AM EDT
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First: 5/5/2009
Last: 10/30/2010
What a relief! I thought I was the only one who had more books and recipes then I'll ever need. I have to show my husband all these comments, that's the only way he will believe me that there are other people like me:) I did recently buy a hand held scanner so I'm going to try to put the recipes(the loose ones)on CD's

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posted at 5/9/2010 4:26 AM EDT
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First: 5/9/2010
Last: 5/9/2010
I finally started getting myslef some small photo albums...I can now slip my recipes into the folders, easy to see...if I find I don't like the recipe once I've tried it, out it goes....works for me!

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posted at 5/9/2010 5:17 AM EDT
Posts: 1417
First: 10/26/2009
Last: 3/15/2014
The answer as to what to do with your growing collection of recipes lies in "Now Your Cooking" software. I started entering my favorite, smudged, smeared, hard-to-read recipes into this software about 5 years ago. It's a long-time project, but at least my favorites are saved. This software lets you create "cookbooks" by whatever category you like, whatever organization works best for you. You can also import recipes from online Web sites, etc. When you need to retrieve a recipe (or share with someone), you can print it out or set up your laptop on the kitchen counter and read the recipe from the computer. I try to enter a few recipes when I'm watching TV at night and figure I have at least 5 more years of recipes to enter!
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