Kristina over at Pioneer Woman at Heart and Susan at e-i-e-i-omg! have been talking recently about working their way through their stash of "to try someday" recipes they've accumulated.
Kristina has been pulling out a not-yet-tried recipe, taping it on her refrigerator and making an effort to use it before the week is out. Susan commented that she has a stack of new recipes about two inches thick.
To Susan I say, "Piffle! Move over, girl. I've got you beat by a long shot."
Do you see that open box pictured above? The dimensions of it are 12" x 16" x 11" high. It sits in the bottom of my clothes closet. It is nearly full to the brim with recipes and other food ideas I've clipped out of magazines or newspapers, found on the Internet or in other bloggers' posts.
Each fall I make a To Do List for the coming slower (ha!) winter months. "Go through and try or toss all saved recipes" is always on the list. For how many years I'd be embarrassed to say. (I probably can't count that high.)
So, being sensible about this situation, should I make it a priority (and just how would I do this short of hiring an armed guard to stand over me?) to really, truly dig into this box or should I take it all to recycling and unceremoniously dump the whole content in the scrap paper bin?
Anymore, I actually feel a bit of guilt printing out a new recipe to try or clipping one from a magazine. Why even bother adding more to my box in the closet when I know those at the bottom of the stack must be ten (or even twenty -- oh, my!) years old?
Do you save recipes to try? Do you place them in your super-organized filing system? Or do they get squirreled away helter-skelter in a cardboard box like mine? When you come across something that sounds like it will be a new taste treat for your family, do you make it immediately? Or are you like me and it takes you years to dig it out and actually try it? Don't be afraid to confess. After thinking about this, I'm hanging my head in shame and feel it is definitely time to do something with that box in my closet. Goodness knows, I can use the space for my four new pairs of Manolo Blahnik shoes. Hahaheeheeheehohohoho!
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