I have been mulling over creating a family cookbook for a long time. Probably years, at this point. While I have saved nearly all of my favorite recipes on Pinterest, I really don’t like reading recipes on a screen. I find it really cumbersome. The problem is, my family’s favorite foods change as our kids develop different tastes and abilities. For example, it was hard to convince the 2 year-old version of my son to eat soup and salad, but now that he’s 4, they are creeping back onto our menus.
So how could I make a cookbook that would definitely include recipes that we will still be using next year, much less 5 years from now? Or should I make a new one every once in a while? That sounds like too much work. But something needed to be done to replace the giant file folder that was collecting my printed out recipes. It was getting too unruly. I was having to dig through so many loose pages to find the one I wanted that occasionally I just reprinted the recipe, not realizing that I had already printed it.
I have found two solutions to this problem! I want a cookbook to both use as I cook, and as a way to document the recipes our family has enjoyed as we’ve grown. For the practical side of needing my recipes handy for cooking, I am slipping recipes into page protectors in a 3 ring binder. It isn’t the beautiful custom printed book of my dreams, but it is practical.
The second solution is here! Duh! It dawned on me that this blog is a great way to document the recipes that we are enjoying. I can include the notes on the changes we make to make recipes work for us. And someday, when the kids are all capable of eating soup and salad, I can make a proper printed cookbook to celebrate all the recipes that have stood the test of time.