I love projects! I love to do lists! I love planning projects, executing projects and sometimes I even like to finish a project. And today I came up with a kind of fun one for the new year.
I bought a blank recipe book at Borders on my birthday, intending to sit down and use it to organize all the random slips of paper currently falling out of my cookbooks. I thought I’d transfer some recipes off my computer and into the book as well, since I’ve got literally hundreds of recipe pages bookmarked and sometimes it can be hard to find what I’m looking for. I have 3 years worth of Cooking Light magazine under my coffee table and I’ve never made a single thing from one of them. I’ve got about 10-20 basic meals that I sort of rotate through because they’re easy, and that really gets dull.
And then it occurred to me!
I have not made most of those recipes that are bookmarked. Most of those slips of paper are not recipes that I’ve actually tried, just ones that I’ve saved because they looked good. I’d really like to throw the @!#!@ magazines away and clear up some space.
So here’s the project. It’s the Fill My New Recipe Book project. Over the course of 2010, I am going to try at least one of those recipes a week. I’m also going to try to cook at least one new recipe from one of my many unused cookbooks each week, but school is starting up again soon and I don’t cook every night during term, so I’m not gonna commit to any more than that.
I am thinking that I know some people who probably collect recipes and cookbooks like I do. I would like to invite you to join me in the project. Hop online, go down to Borders, buy yourself a blank recipe book, and embark on a journey of yummy with me.
The rules are:
1. Any new recipe is eligible for this project. Cook’s choice. It can be dessert, savory, simple or complex, as long as it is new and something that has been sitting around in a bookmarks folder, old magazine or index card that falls out of your Joy of Cooking every time you go to look something up.
2. You can’t have made this specific recipe before.
3. You have to blog your food adventures in a weekly wrap up post. Pictures make it more fun, but just telling is ok. Sources are helpful, original blog post links, edition/name of magazine you got it from, etc.
4. Mods are totally acceptable, just note them when you blog.
5. The point of this is to delete clutter and create order. SO…
a. If you hate the recipe, you must delete the bookmark, throw out the index card or magazine page immediately.
b. If you love the recipe, you must write the recipe in your book, then throw out the index card, page, slip of paper, or delete the bookmark. If it is in an existing cookbook that you own, you don’t have to put it in your recipe book.
6. You do have to make a minimum of at least one recipe per week, but you can make as many as you like in a given week beyond that. There is no limit.
7. You can’t enter a recipe into your recipe book until you have MADE IT. To enter it beforehand is cheating. The exception to this rule is if it is a ripped up stained card that you got from your Grandma that you keep losing and you love the recipe SO MUCH and you’re terrified of losing it, so you put it in the book and toss the card (saying farewell to her handwriting if she’s passed and thinking for a moment of how much you love and miss her) and YES this is a total out for me because I already did this with a couple of recipes. As well as a few bookmarked ones that I haven’t made yet but intend to make first thing so that I am within the rules which I hadn’t thought of until just now. Ahem.
At the end of 2010, you will have what, at least 52 new recipes in your repertoire, or at least you will have some new recipes in your repertoire and ordered a few emergency last minute pizzas. You will have fewer bookmarks, fewer scraps of paper, and less clutter.
It will have been, hopefully, mostly yummy.
So I invite you to join me! C’mon, it’ll be fun! Drop me a comment so we can be mutually supportive!
PS: And yes, the Basket of Shame thing from last year is still going strong and I’d like to report that while I haven’t finished everything in mine, I did finish a few things. And other participants have managed to finish even more. Sweaters, lace, fair isle, big things, little things. We’re on Ravelry and growing! You can join us anytime.