Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My Secret Life-Changing Kitchen Tool

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Guys. How do I say this? I've been keeping a secret from you, and it's not just any secret, it's a secret blog.

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Okay, I'm making it a little more dramatic than it should be.  Technically it's a secret in that I've never talked about it before, but it's not a blog where I talk about the things we usually like to talk about together (like this, this and this).

I started it back in 2011 as an online recipe box, using it to store and organize recipes I like + want to keep.

It's simple, it's easy, and if I can keep it up for nearly two years, then we can say with confidence that it's also idiot proof.

Here are six reasons you should start your own personal recipe blog:

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With an internet-based recipe collection, I can look up my favorite sticky toffee pudding recipe while standing in the baking aisle of the grocery store, or anywhere else there's internet access.  Gone are the days of getting to Step 6 of a recipe only to discover I forgot powdered sugar.

Whether it's that version of arroz con pollo my husband loved or my mom's famous ham biscuit recipe, I can save any favorite recipe by simply creating a new post into which I either type (or better yet paste) a recipe.

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I'm a bit of an idiot savant when it comes to cooking. Every once in a while I'll have an inspired moment and tweak a recipe to rave reviews. The problem is the next time I make the meal, I can't remember what I did to make it so delicious.  No longer.  Now every time I try something, success or fail, I can add a little note to the recipe.  It can be as simple as adding potatoes to this chicken pot pie recipe or cooking the rice in saffron-steeped chicken broth like in this arroz con pollo dish. Either way, it's always there - less idiot, more savant.

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Whenever I have an armload of a particular ingredient (i.e. when my son decides he doesn't like carrots this month), I can pull up all of my recipes that employ my ingredient of bounty with a simple search, allowing me to use up all my baby carrots/figs/chicken before they go bad.

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Whether it's "Christmas" or "make ahead/freezer" or "Italian", a simple tag system allows me to quickly pull up all the recipes in that category. When I first started I even had a tag for "Week 1", "Week 2", along with a printable grocery list for each week. That's fallen off, but the tags are still there for "chicken" and "Asian" and "vegetarian", which is really helpful when our vegetarian friends come over for dinner. I no longer sweat that I'll make them something that accidentally has chicken broth in it. #beentheredonethat #itwasembarrasing

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Whether it's the linguine vongole recipe I made for my mom or the homemade pizzas we made for friends over the holidays, whenever someone says, "Can I have the recipe for this?", I can simply send them a link to the blog. Ipso schmipso.

So there you have it.  And since I love you more than I love sticky toffee pudding, I'm sharing my until-now secret recipe blog with you so you can see how it works. It's nothing frilly, just a simple neighborly swap.

You can find it here or under recipesanity.blogspot.com.  Let me know if you end up starting one of your own (+ please send me your favorite personal recipe).

And here are step-by-step instructions for starting a blog in case you need them. Blog appetit!

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Ps - I'm announcing our weekly instagram #ducklingstbtclub theme today! (one day early)...go check it out on our Facebook page.

1 comment:

  1. i need to kiss you for this, mwah, mwah, mwaaah!!! meal planning's been driving me nuts and those apps don't cut it for me. thanks lovie!


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