Food plays such a significant role in relationships. Think about how your husband responds when you bake up his favorite meal. Cooking up some of grandma’s cherry pie brings back fond memories of her. Think of all the fun times you’ve shared over a meal with friends and family. You get the idea.
So gather your favorite recipes and meal planning ideas in one place. Then create your own recipe binder.
I have a binder that I filled with dividers and clear sheet protectors. When I try a new recipe (and it’s a keeper) I copy it or cut it out and glue it to paper. I slip the paper into a sleeve in the appropriate section (seafood, desserts, etc.). I also drop recipes I want to try in a sleeve (it acts like a pocket).
I created a section where I write down all my meal ideas. When I get around to planning my shopping, I make a list of meals, look at the recipes involved and check my fridge and pantry. Then I make up a shopping list and I’m good to go.
Even if you don’t do much actual cooking/baking, it’s still helpful to have a meal planning binder with meal ideas that you buy or create from ready made items. And, of course, you still want a place to park those cherished family recipes (I have my grandmother’s molasses cookie recipe written in her own handwriting).
GRANDMA ROMA’S MOLASSES COOKIES
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark molasses
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375*. Mix butter, sugar, dark molasses and egg. Blend in remaining ingredients. Chill for 1 hour. Roll into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on rack.
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