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Friday, March 15, 2013

Past and Present, Far and Near

  I finally am getting organized!  Don't laugh.  I'm serious.  Those of you that have seen my desk, sock drawer, and receipt folder don't believe me, I know.  But that's okay; I will prove to the world that MarJanita LaRosa is an organized person (well, at least for a few days anyways). 
  The first item of business was my recipes.  That doesn't sound scary; but in actuality, it is very traumatizing.  I happen to be one of those people who tear good recipes out of magazines and then just let them lay in a disheveled pile on top of my countless recipe books.  Of course, there are quite a few recipe cards gotten from friends and family that are tossed in that heap as well. 
  Then, whenever I need a certain recipe, I dump the whole thing on the floor and rummage through it till, with quite a bit of luck and searching, I find it! 
  Well, that has come to an end.  I took all those loose cards and am currently transferring them to a recipe scrapbook thing that I got for a couple bucks at Ollies.  I also took all those ugly torn pages and copied them onto recipe cards.  Then, to make matters even more complicated, I went through my mother's recipes to find the ones that I really like so I could write them down too.  Let's just say that my right hand doesn't feel the best from all that pen and paper time.  But, I now feel so much better.  I can find my recipes.  And my room doesn't look quite as bad as it did. 
  Of course, I can't forget to tell you about what else I did.  I bought a "Fix It and Don't Forget It Cook Journal" by Phyllis Pellman Good (by the way, I got it for 20% off because I got it over a sale time- who says that being organized is expensive?!); and then went through my cookbooks and wrote down the page numbers of the recipes that I use so I can always keep track of where the good ones are.  Hmm...maybe I should get commission off of each cook journal that sells because of me bragging it up so much!   
  Now, there is one more feat that faces me.  One that would make a dragon slayer look like a coward.  I want to take my Grandmother's recipes and then create a recipe book that can be used and treasured by my aunts and mother.  That however, will be a long and tedious task; and probably will not be accomplished for quite a while.  However, it is always good to have a goal, right?
  I enjoy relating with my readers; so if you have a favorite recipe, I would love to have you share it with the other readers and me.  Just write it on this post.  Doesn't matter if it's a recipe from the 1700's or 2013.  I don't care if it is good ole' Dutch cooking or an ethnic, cultural dish.  It is so much fun to look through a personal collection and see tried and true recipes from friends far and near, past and present.  Of course, I will gladly then respond back to each one that writes with one of my recipes.  Sort of like a chain letter effect- kind of. 
Anyways, hope you have a wonderful day; and don't forget to grab an apron and get cooking.