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    Mrs Goodall
    Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:17 am
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    I'm just so excited, I had to share....I finally found the best way for ME to organize my Zaar cookbooks! I'm so darn tickled! I told DH and he looked looked as interested as a rock...so I thought I'd share with people I knew would be interested!! Thanks for "listening"! Yeah!!!
    Molly53
    Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:16 am
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    Mrs Goodall wrote:
    I'm just so excited, I had to share....I finally found the best way for ME to organize my Zaar cookbooks! I'm so darn tickled! I told DH and he looked looked as interested as a rock...so I thought I'd share with people I knew would be interested!! Thanks for "listening"! Yeah!!!
    So.....what IS the best way for you to organize your cookbooks?
    Mrs Goodall
    Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:19 pm
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    Molly53 wrote:
    Mrs Goodall wrote:
    I'm just so excited, I had to share....I finally found the best way for ME to organize my Zaar cookbooks! I'm so darn tickled! I told DH and he looked looked as interested as a rock...so I thought I'd share with people I knew would be interested!! Thanks for "listening"! Yeah!!!
    So.....what IS the best way for you to organize your cookbooks?

    Oh Molly, you are simply the best for asking!
    There of course are a couple things I do, but it's the main idea that's working so well. It sounds complicated but it's not.

    For every cookbook category that I create, I make 2 cookbooks a TRIED and NOT TRIED cookbook...like this

    "Cookies - Tried" & "Cookies - NOT Tried"...or Seafood - Tried" and "Seafood - NOT Tried"

    It's been great. Now when I am looking for a familiar tested recipe I go straight to the "Tried" book. And when I see a cool looking recipe (mine or someone elses) I might like to try later I just save it to the NOT Tried book...then when I am feeling daring and creative I go to that book and look through all the fun recipes more in depth.

    There is one more piece that makes this work for me. I created a cookbook called "A Closer Look". Lots of times when I am "playing" on Zaar a recipe catches my eye, but I don't have the time to really look at it or sort it into a "NOT Tried" book, so I just save it there. Once a month or so when I have some free time, I go into the Closer Look cookbook and decide if I want to keep the recipe and then I sort it into another cookbook and delete it from the Closer Look Cookbook.

    It's working really well for me and it works with anykind of category like "Food for 2" or "No Shopping Required" or "OMAC"...you just make one tried and on NOT tried.

    Anyway Molly, thanks for asking!!!! And for letting me share!
    CrystalRN
    Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:32 pm
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    That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Crystal - a newbie..lol
    Lvs2Cook
    Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:58 pm
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    Great ideas!!!!!! I hope more users see this icon_smile.gif
    Molly53
    Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:04 pm
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    Crystal L wrote:
    That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Crystal - a newbie..lol
    Welcome to 'zaar, Crystal. It's nice to meet a new friend. You're gonna LOVE it here!
    Mrs Goodall
    Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:05 am
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    Thanks for your nice comments guys!! Hope everyone is having a great holiday!
    Molly53
    Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:11 am
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    Mrs Goodall wrote:
    Thanks for your nice comments guys!! Hope everyone is having a great holiday!
    I have kept your suggestion in my favorite topics, and if you don't mind will offer it to anyone confused by cookbook organization in the future.
    Mrs Goodall
    Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:54 pm
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    Molly53 wrote:
    Mrs Goodall wrote:
    Thanks for your nice comments guys!! Hope everyone is having a great holiday!
    I have kept your suggestion in my favorite topics, and if you don't mind will offer it to anyone confused by cookbook organization in the future.

    I don't mind at all! Very cool, I hope someone else will find it useful!! Thanks Molly!
    HeatherFeather
    Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:23 pm
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    I like your idea for the Closer Look book, I might try that myself.

    Here is how I tend to organize mine:

    1) If I am just playing around and don't have time to sort, I add recipes all into my Main cookbook, the free one..it is my dump pile of assorted recipes that appeal to me in some way, whether I have tried them, looked them over closely or not...I dump them all there first

    2) Best of Cookbook
    where I put all my absolute favorites, they have to be tried & true by me and the ones I go back to over and over

    3) Specific Ingredients
    I have a bunch of these cookbooks, each one designated with a particular ingredient I use a lot

    Examples would be "Boney Chicken" "Boneless Chicken" "Lavender" "Cornmeal" "Mrs Dash" "Butternut Squash"

    4) Specific Dinners

    I have cookbook designated for specific types of dinners, such as Mexican Night, Italian Night, Fish & Chips night, Lazy Meals, etc

    5) Specific Holidays

    All the typical holidays that I cook food for and also birthdays etc

    6) Specific Techniques or Equipment

    Rice Cooker recipes, Slow cooker recipes, Bread Machine, Hand Kneaded Doughs, etc

    7) Then whenever I had added a recipe into any of my cookbooks, I also add it to a cookbook I call "Everything"and delete it from my Main Cookbook. It is basically the cleaned up version of my main cookbook, I know that I have given a closer look to the recipes in Everything and it is a recipe I do want to save.
    Sage
    Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:23 am
    Forum Host
    Mrs Goodall wrote:
    Molly53 wrote:
    Mrs Goodall wrote:
    I'm just so excited, I had to share....I finally found the best way for ME to organize my Zaar cookbooks! I'm so darn tickled! I told DH and he looked looked as interested as a rock...so I thought I'd share with people I knew would be interested!! Thanks for "listening"! Yeah!!!
    So.....what IS the best way for you to organize your cookbooks?

    Oh Molly, you are simply the best for asking!
    There of course are a couple things I do, but it's the main idea that's working so well. It sounds complicated but it's not.

    For every cookbook category that I create, I make 2 cookbooks a TRIED and NOT TRIED cookbook...like this

    "Cookies - Tried" & "Cookies - NOT Tried"...or Seafood - Tried" and "Seafood - NOT Tried"

    It's been great. Now when I am looking for a familiar tested recipe I go straight to the "Tried" book. And when I see a cool looking recipe (mine or someone elses) I might like to try later I just save it to the NOT Tried book...then when I am feeling daring and creative I go to that book and look through all the fun recipes more in depth.

    There is one more piece that makes this work for me. I created a cookbook called "A Closer Look". Lots of times when I am "playing" on Zaar a recipe catches my eye, but I don't have the time to really look at it or sort it into a "NOT Tried" book, so I just save it there. Once a month or so when I have some free time, I go into the Closer Look cookbook and decide if I want to keep the recipe and then I sort it into another cookbook and delete it from the Closer Look Cookbook.

    It's working really well for me and it works with anykind of category like "Food for 2" or "No Shopping Required" or "OMAC"...you just make one tried and on NOT tried.

    Anyway Molly, thanks for asking!!!! And for letting me share!


    It sounds like a terrific idea that I would like to try. I look at your cookbooks and can't see these tried and not tried;what am I missing.
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    Thanks,
    Rita
    Aggiezoey
    Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:02 am
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    Mrs Goodall wrote:
    Molly53 wrote:
    Mrs Goodall wrote:
    I'm just so excited, I had to share....I finally found the best way for ME to organize my Zaar cookbooks! I'm so darn tickled! I told DH and he looked looked as interested as a rock...so I thought I'd share with people I knew would be interested!! Thanks for "listening"! Yeah!!!
    So.....what IS the best way for you to organize your cookbooks?

    Oh Molly, you are simply the best for asking!
    There of course are a couple things I do, but it's the main idea that's working so well. It sounds complicated but it's not.

    For every cookbook category that I create, I make 2 cookbooks a TRIED and NOT TRIED cookbook...like this

    "Cookies - Tried" & "Cookies - NOT Tried"...or Seafood - Tried" and "Seafood - NOT Tried"

    It's been great. Now when I am looking for a familiar tested recipe I go straight to the "Tried" book. And when I see a cool looking recipe (mine or someone elses) I might like to try later I just save it to the NOT Tried book...then when I am feeling daring and creative I go to that book and look through all the fun recipes more in depth.

    There is one more piece that makes this work for me. I created a cookbook called "A Closer Look". Lots of times when I am "playing" on Zaar a recipe catches my eye, but I don't have the time to really look at it or sort it into a "NOT Tried" book, so I just save it there. Once a month or so when I have some free time, I go into the Closer Look cookbook and decide if I want to keep the recipe and then I sort it into another cookbook and delete it from the Closer Look Cookbook.

    It's working really well for me and it works with anykind of category like "Food for 2" or "No Shopping Required" or "OMAC"...you just make one tried and on NOT tried.

    Anyway Molly, thanks for asking!!!! And for letting me share!


    That's a great idea! I was just starting to feel overwhelmed by the number of cookbooks I have. I started to feel like what was the point in saving all those recipes when I only seem to recall where my current go-to recipes are stored. My favorites from 6 months ago - who knows where they are - lost in cookbooks that have too many recipes in them. I love your idea and when I get time I'm going to try it. I think it will work well for me. Thanks!
    Mrs Goodall
    Mon Dec 18, 2006 4:23 pm
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    Sage wrote:
    Mrs Goodall wrote:
    Molly53 wrote:
    Mrs Goodall wrote:
    I'm just so excited, I had to share....I finally found the best way for ME to organize my Zaar cookbooks! I'm so darn tickled! I told DH and he looked looked as interested as a rock...so I thought I'd share with people I knew would be interested!! Thanks for "listening"! Yeah!!!
    So.....what IS the best way for you to organize your cookbooks?

    Oh Molly, you are simply the best for asking!
    There of course are a couple things I do, but it's the main idea that's working so well. It sounds complicated but it's not.

    For every cookbook category that I create, I make 2 cookbooks a TRIED and NOT TRIED cookbook...like this

    "Cookies - Tried" & "Cookies - NOT Tried"...or Seafood - Tried" and "Seafood - NOT Tried"

    It's been great. Now when I am looking for a familiar tested recipe I go straight to the "Tried" book. And when I see a cool looking recipe (mine or someone elses) I might like to try later I just save it to the NOT Tried book...then when I am feeling daring and creative I go to that book and look through all the fun recipes more in depth.

    There is one more piece that makes this work for me. I created a cookbook called "A Closer Look". Lots of times when I am "playing" on Zaar a recipe catches my eye, but I don't have the time to really look at it or sort it into a "NOT Tried" book, so I just save it there. Once a month or so when I have some free time, I go into the Closer Look cookbook and decide if I want to keep the recipe and then I sort it into another cookbook and delete it from the Closer Look Cookbook.

    It's working really well for me and it works with anykind of category like "Food for 2" or "No Shopping Required" or "OMAC"...you just make one tried and on NOT tried.

    Anyway Molly, thanks for asking!!!! And for letting me share!


    It sounds like a terrific idea that I would like to try. I look at your cookbooks and can't see these tried and not tried;what am I missing.
    icon_redface.gif
    Thanks,
    Rita

    Probably because I haven't made them public! I'll go make some public so you can see... icon_redface.gif
    Mrs Goodall
    Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:02 pm
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    Okay! I went and made some of my books public so you could "see" what I do if you are curious...just check out my "My Page" (if you don't know how...just click on "Mrs. Goodall" in the header of this post...)
    Sage
    Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:31 pm
    Forum Host
    Cool idea.I love it;this will be agood project for me during the long month of January.
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