Dinner is always a challenge, given my house of picky eaters combined with the fact that I like only a fraction of the new recipes I try. I have folders filled with un-tested recipes ripped from magazines, index cards sticking out of my recipe books, folded pages in cookbooks, and bookmarked sites on my computer. And so, I created: a dinner notebook. The requirements for making it into the dinner notebook are strict.
- recipes for dinner (ie. no desserts, cocktails, snacks or breakfast)
- recipes that I have tested and approved (ie. no magazine pages that look interesting)
- recipes my husband and/or kid will eat (ie. nothing with onions or mushrooms)
As I have other folders and books for everything in the parentheses, I pledge to strictly follow my rules. Said notebook shall grow, as magazine pages and internet bookmarks graduate to the notebook, if and only if they are cooked, eaten and enjoyed.
how I made my dinner notebook
“dinner” label for cover
4×6″ photo pages for binders
index cards or photo paper/paper cutter
*I got a 1″ translucent binder like this from Staples for $2. I also found these photo pages at Staples, and made my own index cards by cutting good quality photo paper into 4×6″ cards. You can also use these top loading page protectors and full sheets of paper if you like to take lots of notes on your recipes. As for the dinner label, you can use any size labels for your printer. I will attach a photo of my design at the end if you prefer. I used this size circle label found here, but you can use any. Even full-page labels cut to your desired size.
Recipes I included:
I’ve been making some of my dishes for ages, like my special breaded chicken (with flax seed!) and my uber-yummy mac n’ cheese (with beer!). I don’t need to follow recipes for these, but I still included them for consistency and convenience for making my grocery list. Some other favorites I included: this recipe for baked pasta with ricotta and this recipe for sausage and stuffing pastry, both of which I doctor a tad to suit our tastes, like taking out gross stuff and adding good stuff, like pureed carrots.
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