Friday, March 18, 2011

Confessions of a Recipe Addict

      Okay, I finally have to come out and admit it.  I am a recipe addict.  I collect cookbooks and recipes.  It started off small.  I would clip the recipe off the box of pasta to use later.  Then I photocopied recipes out of library cookbooks.  When I started printing recipes from the internet I had every intention of using each and every one. Well, it has gotten to the point that no amount of organizing can contain the volume of my obsession.  
       Despite the plethora of recipes at my fingertips, I often find myself cooking the same things every week.  Perhaps having too much is causing me to be overwhelmed and give up before I start.  Have you ever had a closet full of clothes and can't find anything to wear?  With all my recipes, night after night I still find myself wondering, "What should I make for dinner?"  I reach for the cookbook cabinet and am showered with loose recipes falling on my head. It is time to stop collecting and start cooking.
     I hereby  state that I will not print, scan, or clip another recipe until I use what I already have.  My first step is to unsubscribe from recipe sites I currently receive.  They will still be there if I want to look something up, but I need to stop the flow of new recipes for now.  Secondly, I will not check out any cookbooks from the library, no matter how tempting and new.  Thirdly, I will weed through my stack of recipes and lose anything that realistically I'm just not going to make.  Finally, I will make a new recipe each week and post my results.  I am looking forward to trying some new dishes and sharing them with you.


  1. I have a cupboard full of cookbooks that I need to sort!

  2. I am in the same boat as you. At some point it is my intention to test out all the recipes (and throw out the ones that just don't interest me) and be left with a nice tidy electronic cookbook and printed binder that I can update as necessary. I look forward to reading your experience.

  3. Can't wait to read about it... We get stuck in a rut every few weeks, so it will be nice to see how someone else digs herself out!

  4. I have a closet full of clothes but I can't seem to find anything to wear. I have a tip to get organized: You can bind all the bits and papers of recipes you have into a book(s).

  5. I'm glad you are all following along. Now I will have to get cooking!