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If you have children or work with children, or if you enjoy entertaining with meals that you lovingly prepare, it’s a good idea to create a recipe binder that contains helpful hints and recipes for allergy sufferers.
With more than one in 12 children in the United States suffering from food allergies, it’s a safe bet that many of the favorite treats that you meant to share with your child’s class will be banned from the classroom. After all, no one wants to risk an allergic reaction in any child – or any adult, either.
On the other hand, no one wants to deprive them of the treats and socializing that come with parties both inside and outside of classroom either.
One way to avoid this dilemma is to build a recipe binder that contains helpful medical information and tried and true recipes for the goodies that you want to be able to enjoy and share with friends.
The following 8 foods are responsible for more than 90 percent of allergic reactions:
In your recipe binder, keep a list of these allergens and include with them the symptoms and treatments for each, along with emergency medical procedures and contacts.
Also, include safe food substitutes that will work in favorite recipes.
You can find safe recipes at the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network at http://www.foodallergy.org/recipes, and The Kids with Food Allergies Foundation at http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/recipes.html
Check them out and try them. Pick out a few favorites that you can make to ensure that everyone who visits your home – or any event where you have a hand in the food – can feel welcome and safe.
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At last, after all the anxiety you’ve had over your small innocent child’s education, worrying about whether they were getting enough to eat, enough sleep, after all the worry of how well they would do when taking their finals, you daughter or son at last has graduated and is heading off into the big wide world.
Well, good for them. They are all grown up now. They should be proud of themselves, and you, I know, are so proud of them.
But there you are, back home, still worrying “will they be getting enough to eat”? In the past mothers’ might have carefully hand-written the cherished family recipe onto elegant cards in a recipe box as an heirloom gift for their departing daughters, but times have changed in lots of ways, and change is not always a bad thing. Today a family recipe binder is a highly appropriate gift for any graduate. Here’s why:
So contact us today to learn more about the wide range of recipe binders and recipe organizers and choose the perfect gift for your departing graduate!
Recipe organizers to help you cook!
I’m not a cook in the best sense of the word, but more like a ‘meal preparer’ without a compass. My fridge is a hodge-podge of ingredients that I thought looked tasty in the grocery aisle, but I don’t necessarily have the know-how to put them all together. What can I do with celery, strawberries and ground turkey? They’ve all been sitting in the fridge for days and I think I better do something with them before they rot! Some of us are blessed with excellent cooking skills and some of us get by, but we ALL need some kind of recipe organization in the kitchen.
Time to Get a Recipe Organizer
I have a friend who uses recipe organizer software. She can print out whatever recipe she needs and take it into the kitchen to refer to. Other people like the more traditional recipe box with index cards. Some use accordion style binders to keep all those loose printouts and cuttings from recipe magazines tidy. I prefer my recipe organizer binder. Instead of recipes scribbled on pieces of paper and stuck in a book never to be seen again, I finally got organized and consolidated them into a binder. I use a binder especially made for recipe organization with pretty paper that I love to look at. It makes me feel like a real cook, a cook with a compass.
A Recipe Organizer is an Essential Resource
Now I when I check my eclectic collection of items in the fridge, I know I have a resource to rely on to help me figure out ways to actually use them. If you are a bit clueless about cooking like I am, a recipe organizer is essential. Contact us for more information about creating a recipe organizer for your particular needs.
No family is perfect. There will always be bickerings and grudges and those two siblings who always seem to rub each other the wrong way. Sometimes it seems like we all bring out the worst in each other. What keeps us all together? Well, there might be several things, but chief among them has to be the meals we share. That’s why making a family cookbook can be such a rewarding project–it’s a wonderful reminder of what we all have in common.
Making a family cookbook can be difficult, especially when you consider the old family tomes of cookbooks passed down from generation to generation. By the time they come to you, the pages might be brittle, the ingredients a little dubious. (What in the world is celeriac?) Often you run the risk of missing that one little ingredient grandma kept to herself. By the time you get around to deciphering old styles of cursive written in pencil in the 1920′s, you might just say ‘forget it’ to the whole idea and go back to grabbing other people’s recipes off the internet.
Taste and smell are often the best triggers of old memories, so when you (literally) close the book on those old recipes, it is shutting the door on those old memories – the tastes of generations of your family.
These days, technology makes it easier than ever to immortalize the flavors your family has enjoyed for decades, if not longer, without the need to call your mother or aunt – or some cousin who has stolen the recipe for Grandma’s cobbler and won’t give it back. (At least the one you got didn’t taste like Grandma’s cobbler, so she must have messed with the ingredients just to annoy you because you cut the head off her doll when you were both nine–stupid doll!)
We have all sorts of tips, tricks, and techniques to keep your family cookbook current and available for future generations. Contact us today to learn about methods of preserving family recipes, software that works with your home computer, notepad, or other devices which keep your recipes where you need them, at a moment’s notice, without the hassle of calling up that cousin because you know they’ll just lie about how much baking soda to use anyway, because they’re just jealous.
A family cookbook contains something for everyone – so however much cooperation you get from other family members, they’ll be sure to thank you for putting it all together – one day! A family cookbook can be just as telling about your ancestry as a family tree – maybe more so, because it is what you and your people have always thought of as home. Every family has its ups and downs, but it is the bedrock of your life – keep a family cookbook, and you will keep home with you, wherever you go.
There are few people in our lives more important than our moms. She’s the one who helped you with your homework, hugged you when you fell off your bike (after she had scraped the grit out from the wounds ooohh!). She encouraged you and supported you, even with your craziest plans, and, maybe the most importantly, she’s the one who brought your family together around the dining table every evening to talk over the day’s pleasures and pains. When Mother’s Day comes around it’s sometimes hard to find a gift that really acknowledges her hard work. Here are eight reasons why we think a recipe binder–or a recipe box–make a great Mother’s Day gift.
1. Help her organize her recipes.
Chances are your mom is still busy when it comes to cooking – even if you’re not relying on her to feed you anymore, there’s still those special family holidays and reunions! Organizing a meal can get overwhelming very easily though, even for her – especially when there’s family over she hasn’t visited with for a while. With a recipe binder she can have all those recipes stored in one place – and all our recipe binders come with tabbed dividers to help categorize them. Page protector sleeves make adding more recipes to the recipe binder a snap! No more rummaging through bookshelves and in cupboards!
2. Help her pass on family favorites.
Nothing takes you back like the taste of a cake or pie your mom made regularly when you were growing up – and few things matter to her more than passing on these precious traditions that she worked so hard to cultivate and maintain. It’s more than just a cake – it’s your family’s cultural heritage. As time passes and those family recipes are used less regularly, they’re all too easy to forget – what was it she used to make every Thursday after soccer practice? What was the frosting she always swore by for that chocolate cake? A recipe binder will help her document all these important details for future generations.
3. Help her get started on creating a family recipe collection.
Like many of us, your mom may have been meaning to collect all her recipes in a family recipe binder for years but hasn’t gotten around to it yet. She may not do the school runs any more, take you to ballet class or football practice, but hey, she’s a busy lady still! A recipe binder will help her out – you can fill it with recipes you know she loves to make, or you might want to give her a recipe binder with just page protectors and dividers, so she can decide what recipes go in there. From a selfish point of view it’s in your interest don’t forget – it will make it simpler for you to crib those favorite recipes if they are easy to find!
4. Show her how much you value those meals she used to make.
If your mom doesn’t cook so much these days now that you kids have all grown up (well supposedly!) then a recipe binder that you’ve filled with some of the most cherished family favorites she’s made over the years can still be a wonderful gift. What better way to show her how much all her hard work has meant and continues to mean to you? Maybe she’ll be inspired to make those cinnamon rolls you all used to enjoy every Sunday again – but even if not, it’ll still bring back some great memories.
5. Help ensure a favorite recipe doesn’t get lost forever.
You remember those things…oh what were they, you know, they were sticky and brown and sort of flattish and…we had them that time when… Well,you get the picture. My own mom used to bake a cake that we all loved and for years after her passing my sister and I would check her old recipe books, bake something that we thought might be ‘the one’ only to find that it wasn’t. Was it just the way she made it, we wondered? Did she even have a recipe or was it in her head? Then, one sunny Sunday in my sister’s garden and we were talking about mom, I saw a coy look on her face. She half whispered, “I’ve found it!”. And there it was in an obscure recipe book, the dull title ‘Sultana Loaf’. Mom had even marked it with a pencil and we hadn’t noticed! So the moral of this story is; if you still want to taste those things that you so loved when you were younger, make sure Mom writes those recipes down and hands them on! Buy her a recipe binder or box for recipe cards, and buy yourself one too so that you can duplicate her recipes.
6. Share and pass on your own recipes.
Okay so what about new young moms! Come on Grandma! Share those recipes of yours with your family so that all the little things that you have learned over the years get passed along. The most precious present a young mom or mom-to be can have is the knowledge that she is carrying on, not just the family genes, but those most important hints and methods and nutritional meals that will make her life a little easier when she is worried about what to put in the hungry little mouths around the table. With so many young moms having to work to make ends meet, those old recipes are coming into their own again. You can keep on giving her advice and tips and jot down a recipe for her once in a while, but if you organize it all for her in a beautiful recipe binder, she’ll be able to keep consulting it for years!
7. Make it easier for her to save money and eat healthily with good, home-cooked meals.
I remember when I was a girl that eating at a restaurant was a really big deal. It was a time when there was not much spare cash around for treats. We have got more used to going out to eat in the last few decades (or do I mean half century – whoops! where did that time go?!) but of late we are all having to tighten our belts (literally and metaphorically!) and the cheapest way to eat wholesomely is around the kitchen table. Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma knew all about thrift and nutrition. They may not have learned these things in schools or in magazines or on on TV, but if you look at some of those old recipes you’ll see that Mom ( and Mom’s Mom) really did know a thing or two about eating healthily, cheaply and probably most importantly, satisfyingly. A recipe binder will help ensure that those recipes don’t get forgotten even when the lean days are over – and will make the prospect of cooking dinner rather than ordering a pizza a lot less daunting!
8. A recipe binder is beautiful – and will remind mom of how special she is longer than flowers will!
A binder that you invest in now will last a long, long time. I have talked to many of our customers in my time with The Cookbook People, who tell me that the old one they have had for the last thirty years (seriously!) is at last falling apart and they are ready to start again with a new binder and maybe add some new recipes to the old ones. Well, maybe help them out with one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give this Mother’s Day. And remember that , yes, we all have computers but those recipe websites have a limited life span and the surest way to keep those precious foodie moments alive in the memory is the hard copy! So, feel free to buy the candy and the flowers, Mom will love them, and you, just as always. But how about that extra little gift that can say ‘I love you, Mom’ and show her that you recognize how truly special she is.
Happy Mother’s Day!
The winter holiday season lasts a long time, involving a lot of work and a lot of eating! Come March, it sometimes feels like we’re still recovering from it all – I know at this time of year I tend to stick to very simple meals for my family, both to save hours in the kitchen and to save my bathroom scales from the result of more feasting. My poor recipe box sits neglected at the end of my counter, still crammed with recipes for pumpkin pies, chocolate pies, cakes, tips on roasting the perfect turkey – and I’m no longer very inspired by them. Stuffing? I’d rather nibble a stalk of asparagus.
So when Easter comes around it often seems all too soon, and many of us can feel somewhat unprepared. If you celebrate Easter, you may remember some wonderful cooking from Easters past – I especially remember my mom’s hot cross buns – but after all the work of Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s easy to feel reluctant to head back into the kitchen for another day of cooking and baking. Last year I was full of good intentions – but with all the fuss of coloring eggs with the kids, finding a decent ham, inviting family over and preparing the traditional egg hunt, those hot cross buns never did get made. All the cherished traditions from Spring are starting to get overlooked, and of course it makes me a little sad – I don’t want to deny my children of the delights my own mother passed down to me!
Is there a solution? Of course there is! With Easter only a week away, I’m starting to do what I probably should have done sooner – I’m setting up a new recipe box that’s specifically for my lighter, simpler Spring and Summer recipes. Having a couple of separate recipe card boxes can really help keep things cooking – your recipe cards aren’t all crammed in one place, and you can look for your favorite ways to prepare an Easter ham or rabbit-cookies or carrot cake without having to wade through all the hearty, rich recipes of winter.
To make things more fun, there are so many beautiful designs to choose from when purchasing a recipe box for the Spring – some that seem just perfect for the season! So take an hour, collect your favorite recipes for Easter, Spring, and Summer together. Read through them – get inspired! If you can, do it with your mom, sisters, or friends – you can exchange great ideas and keep some of your fondest family memories alive. And finally, give these treasured recipes the home they deserve. Suddenly, the prospect of preparing the meal to celebrate Easter sounds like a lot of fun. Doesn’t it?
The idea of making a family cookbook is a popular one. Actually starting one “from scratch” is a process that will include talking to family members old and young, and organizing all your information in a way that beautifully displays your traditions and heritage. Everyone’s family has traditional meals that are served every year. This is especially true for the holidays but also includes special times like birthdays and anniversaries.
In my family stories of lasagna from scratch and homemade pasteles abound. In my husband’s family, their favorite story is grandma making corned beef and boiling it long enough to make leather out of it. Oh, it was served every March for St. Patty’s day, but instead of eating it they chewed on it and spat it back in their napkins. In fact, the eldest daughter didn’t know she could actually EAT corned beef until she had it at someone else’s house in her twenties. Grandma’s corned beef recipe probably won’t make it to the cook, but that’s part of the fun! Should I exclude it from the cookbook altogether? I think I’d rather include a section for stories like that at the end of the cookbook. Or maybe a story like that should be paired with one of grandma’s more successful recipes. Maybe I will include my father’s stuffed peppers and next to it include the story of his split pea soup. We were drinking water with green pebbles that night!
The love and effort it takes to mess up a meal for your family and keep on cooking is something to be admired and remembered. That is part of the beauty of making a family cookbook. It becomes a part of the history of your family that you can pass down to your own children. Whether you are using cards in a box, or binders with page protectors you can create and add to your own family cookbook with grace, elegance and humor that will become a unique work of art for your family to cherish for generations.
Take a look at our many styles and contact us to see how we can help you capture your unique family traditions.
As teens move through the high school years, we want to prepare them for what’s ahead. We want them to be able to fend for themselves when they are out on their own, especially if they’ll soon be heading off to college. Here’s one way you can help them get started – put together a recipe binder.
A recipe binder can contain all the dishes you fixed for them over the years – perhaps starting out with the simpler ones. Since organization is key to getting anything done, that’s where to start. Simply label dividers for your recipe binder, preferably with pockets, to have a place for the different types of recipes that you want to put in.
You might want to include how to read food labels and price information. How to select the right equipment. How to measure dry versus wet ingredients. A glossary of cooking terms is helpful too.
You might also want to include an extra section for general household tips. These might cover how to do anything, from sorting laundry to putting together a grocery list to polishing shoes – or even tying a tie!
To make the binder extra special, add photos of your teen making the dishes and cleaning up. The illustrations are important, especially in a how-to manual.
Making a recipe binder is a fun and practical way to prepare your child for the things to come, and it’s a nice way to spend time together and build memories,too. And, wherever your son or daughter are heading, enabling them to enjoy those great meals you provided for them as they grew up will mean they’ll always feel close to you. What better way to stay connected?
For more information about creating a recipe binder, contact us.