I have a lot of cookbooks
Plus two shelves in the living room, and a second stack of magazines on the other side of the island.
That is a lot of meal ideas, and honestly they are pretty much useless to me shut up in those books where I cannot easily flip through the ones I like when I am doing my meal planning. So I have been slowly but surely (since 2004) moving the recipes I do like to my card catalog to save me time.
My goal is to have all the books & Cook’s Illustrated in the card catalog and all the other magazine recipes torn out & put in a binder
First I mark up the cookbooks
Then I go through and copy the basic details to a card
And I make notes on the card when I make the recipe. (I grew up with library books. You are absolutely not allowed to write in those & to this day I am afraid to make notes in books I own)
Now I have to go through that stack of Cook’s Illustrated magazines (4 years worth) from the second photo & do the same thing
Plus I have go through all these.
And tear out all the recipes I like.
I realized about two years ago that this is a goal with no end. I will not stop buying cookbooks or cooking magazines, so I will have to keep writing up recipe cards.
The best I can hope for is “Caught up for now.”
Do you have any on going projects that never really quite end?