Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Cookbook Collection

Recently, I rearranged and did a (much needed) cleanout of our pantry. I'm blessed with a large, roomy pantry that got wayyy out of hand. It had begun to look like some of those homes on the tv show Hoarders where there is only enough room to take a few (dangerous) steps in order to get what you need. Seriously. It was bad. I set out to reorder things in a way that made much more sense for the way we use the kitchen. While it's still a work in progress, one thing I did was put my cookbooks on a shelf in the pantry so they are easier to see and to reach for. Bonus: I found a cookbook that, for the life of me, couldn't figure out where it had gone. I had begun to think maybe I had given it to the thrift store. Kinda sad. (my memory and my organizational skills, lol!)Recently, my very first hard copy Gooseberry Patch Cookbook arrived from an eBay auction I won. It's brand new and I think I'm in love...I think this is the beginning of a wonderful relationship!
This little ragamuffin is at least thirty years old and contains handwritten recipe cards of collected recipes that were the beginning of my love affair with cooking (but not with food ); ~THAT came years before (= )

I traded out my old, plastic, funky recipe box for this like-new one I found at the thrift store for probably .50. It holds more beloved recipes that were clipped from newspapers, magazines, boxes & bags and handwritten on index and recipe cards. Some I've had for years and have never tried. Sometimes I wonder if I ever will. Oh well, I'll keep dreamin' & hopin' that I haven't held onto them in vain... I like its little ledge that I can set the recipes on while I prepare them.
I will bequeath them to my lucky children and hope they can figure out how to prepare the recipes (they love and request time and time again) that only contain my notes on the ingredients needed and not the actual prep instructions. Mama loves y'all! ;D

I still have a stack of magazines that hold recipes I can't part with, recipes printed from websites, pages ripped from magazines and other various sources that I need to go through and organize into my three ring binder. It'll happen. One of these days.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my cookbook collection!

1 comment:

Lesa's Life said...

I have the recipe card book you call your little ragamuffin book! Mine is filled with recipes from my mom, grandma, and that I collected when I first moved out on my own. Love it!!!


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