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1/16/12 8:22 A

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I use an app called Paprika on my IMac & IPhone and I love it. It has a built in browser and I can go to dozens of sites and just copy the recipes. For other sites there is a paste and copy function that works great. It also has a grocery list and menu planning function.

It also has a notes function. I often make notes on what I want to serve with a particular entree.

I think I did have to buy the app for both the Mac and the phone but I love having both because they sync with each other so I can plan on the Mac but have my grocery list show up on my phone. Also, I can access my entire recipe collection from either which is a great feature when you are shopping.

For those out there that have a Mac I highly recommend this app.

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1/16/12 2:43 A

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A few years ago, I started buying inexpensive photo albums to keep my recipes in. They are perfect for 4x6 recipe cards, but they are also great for recipes cut out of the paper, off a box, or printed off the computer. If the recipes are too big, I either trim them or fold them to fit.

I like the ones that have space for two photos per page (4 photos in the 2 page spread). They are super easy to flip through and see what you have, the recipes stay in place better than they do in a box for me, and they act as page protectors if the recipes are small enough. If the recipe is one I have to fold, it is still easy to slip in and out and unfold. If you are very organized, you could organize them by type and put a couple of index cards with a list of recipes in the front page slots

I like to improvise in the kitchen a lot, so this year I also got a blank journal, and started writing my successful improvisations in that. I left 3-4 pages blank in the front so I can number the pages, then record the recipe in a table of contents at the front of the book.

I also really like keeping recipes on the SP website. If you record your recipes on the site, it makes it so it figures out the calories for you, and you can use the pull down list to add them to your tracker. Because you have to type the ingredients in twice, it takes a bit of time, but once they are in, they are super simple to print off to share with friends, and easy to access.

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1/12/12 6:43 P

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I do this too - save my SparkPeople recipies in the online recipe book. I also post lots of my original recipes on my blog. Everything else is either cookbooks I got or index cards in a decorative box in the kitchen.
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1/12/12 1:16 A

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I save my SparkPeople recipies in the online recipe book. I also have a three ring binder with indexes. When I print a recipe to make, I then place it into the three ring binder. I also write notes on the copy, such as any modifications, and also rate the recipe. If I my family or I didn't like it, I can then toss that sheet out. I like the idea of adding the recipe title and page number into an Excel type program. Before you go out and buy Excel, try Google Docs! You can sign up for a free google account where you have free computer programs to use online such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, email, and best of all... you don't have to download anything onto your computer. It automatically saves documents as you type, so you won't lose any files. And, you can access your Google account anywhere that you have a computer and internet connection using any computer. I'm a school teacher and I am starting to use Google Docs with my class. I hope that helps.

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1/9/12 7:57 A

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what is fun about keeping recipes on the computer is that with a quick search you can refind the recipe!! works for me.... I gave away all my paper stuff except for memorabilia type stuff and use the computer.... when I want to make something I haven't made.... just google search, check out several recipes and tweak them to make them my own.... have fun!


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1/9/12 6:25 A

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Hoarders, I guess that is what I am! I know my hubbie is always after me to go through them and put them in order. A year ago I gave away a box of recipe books and still have a box or two of them, plus folders with cutting out recipes, plus print out of recipes from the computer.

Be thankful and live each day with no regrets...:)

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1/8/12 11:14 P

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Maybe we will need to start up a support group - Recipe Hoarders Anonymous! I don't feel so alone anymore.
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1/8/12 8:19 P

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I've begun scanning good recipes and putting them in the computer. If I don't do this I tend to lose them and when I want to make them again I can 't find them. This also helps with clutter :) I do have a binder that I created before and still refer to - the only problem is that I am also a recipe hoarder and if I continued that way I would need a different binder for each category.

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1/8/12 12:39 P

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I am glad to know that I am not alone with my issue over collecting recipes. LOL. Some great suggestions. I would never have thought to use my Excel for this...great idea. Thanks everyone.

There is no such thing as failure: only early attempts at success!

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1/8/12 12:12 P

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Some good ideas, and ChefSophie, I like that idea about putting stuff in Excel to look up. May be my next purchase will be Excel and Word for my home computer. Instead of internet and games, use my computer for other things!

Be thankful and live each day with no regrets...:)

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1/7/12 8:12 P

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I have a bright orange binder filled with page protectors. I have all of my families favorite meals in the front. Then I have a section with recipes to try-(I am recipe hoarder too). emoticon After I make them, if I don't like them, I can just pull out that page and toss it!
I just got tired of having to look through my books trying to find "that recipe" that we liked....or trying to remember which book it was in.

Hope this helps!

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1/7/12 6:41 P

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I think computers have provided a great way to store some recipes, but I kind of forget what I put on the computer too. I do a lot of cooking from Cooking Light. I mark recipes I want to try and keep the magazines with recipes I want to try in a separate stack or I clip and put in a to be tired file. The other file is a make it again file and anything that doesn't make it there gets pitched. If it's Cooking Light I keep an excel spreadsheet with to be made again recipes with the name and the month and year of the recipe. Then I can go on their website and find the recipe and print it out. Once I print one out, I put it in a file for the year. The next year if I didn't make it, it thrown the recipe out. I'm not sure this helps as it sure as heck is not perfect or brilliant. It's similar to how I decide what books to keep.

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1/7/12 6:37 P

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Hi!

I bought a small box and some index cards. I write the reciped I liked on them. I also bought dividers to organize them. I keep that box on the counter so it helps plan meals.

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1/7/12 6:17 P

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I wish I could give you an answer but I will be watching to see if someone gives you good advice. I am just a "Recipe Junkie". I have given so many cook books away and the ones I do have, I try a recipe, may like it, but cannot remember where it I found it to make it again! I have recipes sent to me everyday that I have on my computer. Last year, I went through the emails that I have saved and figured that the recipes that I have stored on my computer, have not used them yet, probably will not use them, so deleted.

Be thankful and live each day with no regrets...:)

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1/7/12 5:45 P

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I think I am becoming a "Healthy Recipe Junkie". I have collected recipes -some tried and others not yet - out of magazines, online, etc.Some are cut out and some are sitting in a file on my computer. I seem to have so many that I try one and then promptly lose it and cannot find it to make again and no good way to keep track of what I have tried. I have so many recipes and need to do something with them. What do others with recipes that they find? How do you store them? I need to find a way to store and manage them.
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