Organizing Recipes

April 30th, 2010

For years I have been tearing recipes out of magazines and throwing them in a folder that I rarely revisit, unless of course I am adding another recipe to the stack. It’s a mess and not organized in anyway that makes this system useful for me to find recipes at the appropriate time. Because of this, I end up referring mostly to recipes I find online and then bookmark them with Delicious.

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My offline recipe collection needs some help, so I had recently been thinking of creating a nerdy binder of all these recipes, organized by course (trapper keeper alert!), but then the other day I came across this awesome Moleskin notebook for recipes. It’s part of their new line of Passions Notebooks. It seems like a great idea, with space to include a tear-sheet, a notes section for the cook to jot down for the next time they make a recipe, and tabs for organizing each recipe by course. I am definitely going to give this a try and see how it works, especially because it will hopefully keep me from making a DIY filing system of recipes.

For the wine lover, Moleskin also makes a wine journal to help you keep track of all the boozing you’ve been doing.

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How do you best organize your recipes both online and off? I’d love to hear about everyone’s systems.

Drinking cold beverages on the go just got a little greener

April 27th, 2010

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These acrylic to-go cups from Vessel Drinkware are so fantastic. I love grabbing iced teas to go all Spring and Summer long, so that I can have icy cool beverages as I cruise around the neighborhood, but I hate throwing away the disposable plastic cups after one use because it’s so wasteful.

While many coffee shops offer discounts on warm beverages if you use your own travel mug, not many offer incentives for using your own cup for cold beverages. And sure, you can use a traditional travel mug for cold beverages, but let’s be honest, it’s just not the same to drink something with ice cubes from a heavy plastic container without a straw. Plus, if you use that same mug for coffee, it always tastes like coffee, no matter what you put in there next.

So! Why not sell some of these reusable cold beverage containers? Sustainable and beautiful? Starbucks, I’m looking at you. Joe’s Coffee, why not? Stumptown? I know you’re fancy and all, but you can give this a try, right?

Two things I Love: Baked Goods + Supporting Good Causes

March 1st, 2010

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Baking for Good is an online bake sale that supports non profits with great causes. This is a terrific idea; if you’re going to indulge, why not do so and not feel guilty about your purchase, because your money is going to folks who could really use a helping hand?

I really love ideas like this that take a traditional concept and put a new and interesting spin on it that gives back to the community. A bake sale for a good cause may sound like an old approach, but how often do you stumble across a bake sale table in daily life? Well now you can stumble upon the virtual bake sale table everyday! What’s additionally nice is that Baking for Good makes it easy for you to also gift their baked goods or gift cards.

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Their baked goods look quite delicious too! They even have a gluten-free brownie for your friend with a wheat allergy. The next time you need a gift, why not try Baking for Good?

Originally via Shelterrific.

Perfect Snowy Breakfast

February 16th, 2010

I’ll admit it, I’ve been reading more kid related design blogs, as well as eating a fair amount of breakfast carbs these days, so when I saw this breakfast the other day, I couldn’t help but think it was a little awesome.

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Outdoor Winter Parties

March 8th, 2009

As someone who has hosted several Faux-Thanksgiving parties over the years in tiny Brooklyn apartments, I am particularly impressed with this party set-up found on flickr (Thanks, Lia!). I think it looks sort of magical. Sort of ghetto. And simply, awesome.

How often I have found myself in a situation with many eager chefs and not enough room for them and their Thanksgiving dishes. But escorting them out to a bubbled tarped tented area is the perfect way to deal with many guests and a small apartment. Plus, it definitely doesn’t feel like dinner at Aunt Kay’s, so Thursday won’t feel like a rerun when you finally get to the real Thanksgiving events.

I applaud these hosts’ creativity and may borrow this idea come next November. See their full set here.

Congratulations, President Obama!

January 20th, 2009

There are few better ways to celebrate than with baked goods and this Obama cupcake mosaic, really, er, sorry, but it, takes the cake.

Check out the artist/baker at work:

Originally via Serious Eats