Since the mid-1980s (judging from the newspaper and magazine dates), I’ve been collecting recipes and stories about food. There is the email from my college roommate titled “Artichoke Thing,” the recipe for Jackie Kennedy’s chocolate souffle copied from one of my mother’s cookbooks, and many other little and large scraps of paper promising delicious rice pudding, baked rockfish, gougeres, Amanda Hesser’s lemony risotto and spiced shrimp in beer. Some of the recipes are for dishes I could make in my sleep I’ve done it so many times, others are for dishes I hope, someday to try.
Until this week, these recipes have been stored in a strange little system I had, stuffed into the front and back of four cookbooks: The Way to Cook by Julia Child, The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins, The Greens Cookbook by Deborah Madison and the Martha Stewart Cookbook.
It sort of worked, but when I looked for something I had a hard time finding it (just rediscovered the Gleogg recipe for a festive cocktail from a Swedish friend this week!) So when two of my cooking friends (and members of Cooking With Friends) Evelyn Wilder and Kathy Tracy decided to start making a Recipe Collector, I decided to give it a try.
I’ve spent the past few nights getting happily organized: the categories of the binders are Breakfasts, Sides and Apps, Main Courses and Sweets. You just slide the recipes or stories in the clear pages, and voila. All my decades of recipes are in one, beautiful, organized place. Now, I really need to finally try that Chocolate Souffle.
You can find the binders at www.gathersortstore.com. They would make fabulous holiday gifts, or, a gift for yourself!