My Recipe Box

I love to cook and have collected cookbooks from all over the place and from everyone.  Finding the storage for all of them has become a challenge.  Hubby made me an adorable recipe box from some barnwood and I’ve started taking my favorite recipes from all of my cookbooks and giving the books to my daughter, granddaughter and friends.

This is the first box he made me but all of the recipes I have won't fit in it.

This is the first box he made me but all of the recipes I have won’t fit in it.  It’s a 7 x 7 inch box.

The recipes I have won’t even begin to fit in this little treasure so he made me this one.

2nd recipe box made from barn wood

2nd recipe box made from barn wood

It just barely fits on top of the pie safe.

It just barely fits on top of the pie safe.

My newest one is 7 x 16 inches long and it's almost full.

My newest one is 7 x 16 inches long and it’s almost full.

I’ve only went through about half of my cookbooks and I’m only putting my favorite, tried and true recipes in this box.  As you can tell from the following picture it’s going to be a work in progress for some time.  The wooden box at the end of the books on this shelf are recipes that hubby’s aunt had.  I have a couple cookbooks I won’t give away because they belonged to my Mom and I would love to have a cookbook that my grandmother’s used but I seriously think all of their recipes were in their head and hearts.

My cookbooks are many and I've a long way to go transferring all the recipes from the cookbooks on top of the shelf and that's not all of them.

My cookbooks are many and I’ve a long way to go transferring all the recipes from the cookbooks on top of the shelf and that’s not all of them.

I also have a stack of written recipes I’ve collected over the years that have never been in a book.  The more I think about this, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t write my own cookbook and maybe name it “Country Girl Cooks” or something simple like that!!  That might be quite fun but very time-consuming.  My recipe cards are all hand-written and in print not cursive writing.

The recipe cards are on 4x6 index cards and handwritten.

The recipe cards are on 4×6 index cards and handwritten.

I have about three inches left in the box and it's going to be a tight squeeze.

I have about three inches left in the box and it’s going to be a tight squeeze.

I guess I could make enough room on top of the pie safe for another one.  Hubby is getting really creative on the project ideas I come up with.  My recipes come from friends, family, family cookbooks, old cookbooks and concoctions I come up with myself.  I do love to cook!

 

6 responses to “My Recipe Box

  1. A few years back I made a cookbook with family recipes dedicated to my sister because the both of us loved to cook and exchange recipes. Since then I now also have a binder that I made but still have so many that I print out and just keep in a pile. You have given me incentive to put it all together in a neat binder so I can actually see what I have. I also love to cook but more important I love to cook for my family. Thank you WWBC sister!!!

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  2. Well Rita – it is worth having a “go” at a “Country Girl’s Cook Book”.
    Certainly would be time consuming, but who knows – many have done so and made “heaps” – get the DVD ” Julie and Julia” for inspiration.

    The number of cooking shows on TV here are amazing – one wonders how they can all compete???? Obviously they must be all watched, otherwise they would be taken off air.

    “Huey” has been failing here – tries hard with the stuff from above but precious little falls, but the usual February “sauna” weather thankfully did not eventuate in Brisbane (one day only – and it was a shocker) in 2014.

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    • I’ll think more about it in my retirement and you’re right about the cooking shows but all of them seem to get to fancy and not enough “normal” cooking as far as I’m concerned.
      You must explain to me about “Huey” which I’m sure is the weather but would love to know the connotation of “Huey”. 😉

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      • Yep – “Huey” refers to rain. I have no idea where the term came from – in my youth that was what my grandparents and others of that generation referred to the rain “god” – maybe some “nickname” for the weather god???
        Old timers still use the word and occasionally you will hear it from a younger one. I guess I am just use to it.
        People still know if you use the word what you are referring to, so that is a plus, I suppose? Expressions like ‘ “Bring it down Huey”.

        I just wish “Huey” at present was listening for the rural communities in the outback.

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