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Casa CrazyCook, or the Nuthouse? 
Jun. 9, 2011 9:30 pm 
Updated: Jun. 10, 2011 2:32 pm
I'm in hopes that there are only few of us out here who are obsessed with clipping recipes from the newspaper, magazines - or any other source.  I must have had a total lapse in common sense this afternoon... I decided to "organize" about a gazillion recipes... some multiple per page, others clippings no more than 1 1/2" by a few!  WHAT WAS I THINKING?

After a trip for supplies, and $40 later, I dove in with all of the best intentions...  8 hours later, I'm tempted to toss the lot into the recycle bin, saying "good riddance!"  You must realize that I've NEVER prepared any of these saved treasures (dating back a few years, I'd best add!)  Granted, as I've sifted through these today, some sound rather tantalizing.  Others include very obscure ingredients, or in retrospect do not sound appealing at all!  I'm tempted to say that I could work on this "project" for a few hours/day, and still have more to do after a month or two! 

A few, I've copied/printed... until I got tired of messing with that!  I pulled out some previously used file folders, and began sorting some of the individual clippings...  I still have a stack to sort, but more importantly, a stack of pages paperclipped together, as they have multiples on the pages, which often run over onto the next page... hence, I cannot toss any of the pages!  Now, which stack does this "bunch" go on?  Oops.. not the salad pile!  Where's the breakfast pile....?

So, my mission may well be classified as a failure, or it may simply take a different turn than I'd anticipated earlier today.  Should that become the case, I'd best REALLY practice my "touch typing" skills... and hope the ol' laptop has plenty of empty memory!  OR, I could keep the file folders as they are, and simply place recipes in the appropriate folder... presto, job done...?  Guess I've been "crazy" much longer than I'd realized!

Thanks to those of you who commented on yesterday's post... I did leave a short msg...

Be well, be happy, be crazy (and toss all of those clippings!)
Jun. 10, 2011 2:08 am
hey Stevie i think all of us here do that...i have to confess i have a small box that all lose recipes live in,not in order...just waiting there for me...been collecting those for years (it's time to cook or toss)maybe i will work on that darn well friend...judy
Jun. 10, 2011 12:59 pm
You'rew not crazy! (I think. We all know what can happen when I think.) I had a small collection of these clippings. I scanned them with OCR and converted them into my word processor. Wasn't a bad nine weeks of work.
Jun. 10, 2011 2:32 pm
I wish I only had a small box. There's the small recipe box in the kitchen jam packed with these things. There's the large basket in the kitchen (also pretty full). There's the medium sized moving box that I will "get to someday" in the office along with 2 expandable folders in the file drawers there. Then...there's the scanned ones on my hard drive that are also waiting to be organized, tested and filed. I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem. I just know if I toss it out, I will NEED something the very next day. Now where did I put that?
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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