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Advice from Jill Ellen Shankar

Q. I have collected piles of recipes over the years. Most are pages I have torn out from magazines over the years. They all sound good but I haven't really tried many of them.

Is there a way to catalog and organize these recipes or should I just face reality and throw them out? (I hope you find a way for me to keep them. Thank you)

A. My first response it to recommend that you dispose of all those unused recipes, and use your energy and space for other things. However, it seems that you don't really want to do that, and it isn't necessary to throw out the baby with the bath water.

An alternative course of action is to go through the pile, and sort its contents into one of three categories:

  1. Must keep,
  2. Would be nice to keep, and
  3. No need to keep.

Of course, then toss all the category three recipes in the garbage. Do the same thing again with the remaining recipes, and then a third time.

With what's left, store all the remaining "must keep" recipes, and see how you feel about throwing away the "nice to keep" recipes.

If you still want to hold on to them, file them as well, and if you have no problem getting rid of them, do so.

Please also keep in mind that there are millions of places to find interesting meal formulas, such as the Internet, and current periodicals and books.

Should you decide one day that you simply must make that vegan tofu and spring squash meal, I guarantee that you'll be able to find a scrumptious recipe quickly; there is simply no need to hold onto every tantalizing concoction that comes your way.



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