How to get started

January 01, 2003|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

Here's one way to bring order to your recipe collection:

Buy a three-ring notebook, plastic sleeves and page dividers.

Sort through your recipe collection. Toss out ones you no longer make or ones you've had for more than a year and never tried.

Include photos with the recipes and leave space to jot notes and observations.

Photocopy favorite cookbook recipes, or create reference cards that list the book and page number for the dish.

Decide on the categories you want. Some cooks will need to create divisions within their main-dish categories (common ones are chicken, meats, and vegetarians); others may need to divide up desserts (cakes, pies, cookies, etc.).

Keep it updated. Clip magazines and newspapers regularly and file recipes promptly.

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