I started this recipe binder about six years ago when Avery was a baby and I actually had time to organize things like recipes. I used to tear recipes out of magazines or print them from the internet, punch three holes in them and stick them in the binder under the appropriate tab - I was so organized back then I had tabs for different types of recipes, from breads to egg dishes to desserts to vegetables and even different types of meat. Somewhere along the line, punching holes and inserting a piece of paper in a binder became too much work, and I started shoving loose recipes in the binder haphazardly.
Now there are more loose recipes than recipes in the right place. When I am searching for a recipe, I have to shuffle through pages and pages before I find what I am looking for. While at times this seems annoying and inefficient, I often find this search inspirational. I find recipes along the way that I forgot about, recipes that have been hand written by dear family members, recipes that were used to jot down notes or messages, reminding me of days gone by.
Just the other day I was looking for my aunt's recipe for black pepper buttermilk biscuits and noticed this caption in the margin:
"Bread is the warmest, kindest of words. Write it always with a capital letter, like your own name."
Reading that quote in my aunt's handwriting flooded me with warm memories of cooking alongside my aunt and cousin in their wonderful kitchen. In an effort to both share these recipes with you and to facilitate my own search for recipes when I don't have time to sift through my giant stack of culinary goodness, I have created a new flickr set of recipes and a link to recipes on my sidebar. A virtual recipe box sitting on a counter in cyberspace. May you find inspiration between the cups, teaspoons, sticks of butter and bake times.