Keeping up with what I have cooked, what I want to cook, what worked, what didn’t has seemed impossible to me over the last four years. It’s one of the reasons why past bentos were so full of rotisserie chicken, spaghetti, and chili. These items are easy, quick to think of, and cause little to no confusion on my part. However with the absence of tomato sauce in my life these days, two of my three go-to lunch packing foods are out of the running. And a girl cannot live on rotisserie chicken alone. Believe me, there are times when I think that’s exactly what I’m doing.
As I got myself back in order from my 3 month blogging hiatus, I realized that I needed some order and control back in my life. Step one was a major house cleaning and purge. YAY! Now to just keep it up. The second was a wee bit of bento organization, though really it was refrigerator tracking. The last step was to organize my recipes in such a way that worked for me. I did some online research and found a blog with a great post on organizing recipes. And it gave me an idea of how this should work for me.
Off to Barnes and Noble I went to look for two hardbacked journals. It was fate I tell you. Fate that this was mean to be. Why else would they have journals in the NEB color scheme? At $4.95 a piece, they were well worth the $10 I spent. $2 purchased the sticker letters from a craft section. And a couple more bucks got me the page markers I needed to divide the journals.
Each journal is divided into the major sections that work for me: chicken, pork, beef, seafood, vegetarian, breakfast, snacks, sides, bread, desserts, and other. Basically, these journals are indexes to everything else in my life. I’m a librarian and appreciate the use of a good index. I list a recipe in its correct section in the correct journal with a citation on where the recipe can be found. Could I get much nerdier? Probably not.
It’s already worked for me. I’ve been referring to the “Recipes to Try” book this week to find something to cook. And I found something. And it was a successful recipe try! I think things are swinging back in my favor. Onwards and upwards from here!