I know that if I want to learn to cook, I need to have some sort of organized system. I've been reading Kathi Lipp's book The What's for Dinner? Solution. (More on this next week, as I'm participating in a blog challenge next week....and I'll be giving away copy!)
Anyway....I'm reading the book this week, and one of the things Kathi challenged me to do was to create a paper cookbook. I've been collecting websites and recipes, but every time I want to try something I have to find it and print it out. She also encouraged me to only include recipes that I might actually make. (And if they don't work --- get rid of them!)
Last night I went through my Pinterest links and bookmarks and printed off about 3 dozen recipes that I want to try. Today I went to Target today and bought a binder with a pocket to put put my own title page; a set of 8 pocket dividers, and 50 page protectors.
I divided my cooking method rather than ingredient: Make Ahead (make one to eat and one or more to freeze); Oven/Bake; Stove top/fried; Crock Pot; Grill; Quick; Sides; and Desserts.
I put about 40 recipes in sheet protectors in the appropriate sections.
Then I picked some recipes and entered the items into my ZipList app. Before I went to the store, I compared my list to the pantry and checked off the items I didn't need to buy.
My shopping trip was successful! But that is a post for another day....I'm tired.