Spin the Bottle Meets Polite Dinner Conversation

Repartray_LazySusanBamboo14_Side__26012.1446755813.1280.1280[1]

We just invented a new party game that should keep dinner conversation flowing. We call it Repartray, and it’s exactly like the picture–a spinning tray with an arrow that points at dinner guests. Simply follow the order of the questions along the edge as you spin it around the table and watch the laughter, tension and fun erupt! “More Cake” can easily be shifted to “More Wine” or whatever suits your mood. “Dishes!” can be whatever miserable or silly task the guests settle on.

Break out Repartray at your next dinner party and I guarantee nobody at the table will have ever heard of it. We literally invented this a week ago! Let us know what you think.

Buy Repartray here!

Pick the winning cake slice!

Turn your delicious cake into a fun game with our Cake Roulette spinning cake platter. Let your guest (or child) know that if they pick the slice with the four leaf clover they win a prize. (What that prize is can be up to you–an extra slice, the cherry on top, or perhaps the privilege of doing the dishes.) Adds an extra element of fun to your cake eating!

Here is the World’s Best Baked Potato

xXblHBh[1]

This is a Hassleback-style baked potato, although one might argue the real hassle goes into forcing your arteries to work afterwards. Run a skewer through the bottom so it stops your knife from going all the way through. Oh, and don’t forget to sprinkle some chopped green onions on there so it’s healthy. 😉

Thinking Outside the BOX: Turn your Family Recipes into Memorable Gifts

Treasured family recipes are priceless, which is why they can easily be transformed into special gifts with minimum expense and just a little time. Turn your handwritten recipes into beautiful cookbooks by using Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software. http://store.cookbookpeople.com/matildas-fantastic-cookbook-software-cd-or-download/. It is ideal for grannies and guru’s. Even this granny can and has used it to make a family cookbook.

Make_a_cookbook_software_graphic__36044.1403764044.1280.1280

• 27 cookbook templates included
• Add recipe & family photos
• Add a table of contents
• Easy to use for grannies & gurus
• Alphabetizes recipes for you
• Print as often as you want for FREE
• Free trial

What a wonderful way to turn your treasured recipes into a Family Treasured Cookbook. What a great gift!  Christmas is only 53 days away!

Matilda

 

 

Thanksgiving Cheese Tray Turkey

c0f2aac02da5f50c93bb556537e82880

Salami, Crackers & Cheese

Some mild cheddar and colby jack cheeses, salami, and Flipside Pretzel crackers for the feathers. Two peppercorns for the eyes, half a pistachio shell for the beak, and toothpicks for the legs (basically whatever you can find in the pantry) and a folded fourth of a piece of salami for the waddle, and that’s how you make a cheese tray turkey.  This is an easy make ahead platter that all will be talking about.

Christmas Countdown!

 

be6f85b7d2742aac1a835d211738db55

Can it really be here?  58 days.  It’s time to start thinking about those Christmas presents for Mom, Sister, or Friend.  What better gift to give than a beautiful recipe binder.  We have largest collection of high quality recipe binders available worldwide.  As well as page protectors and dividers to fill your binder.

CRGPerfectSetHPB_001__50110.1395318863.1280.1280

Or maybe a beautiful recipe box.  We have over 100 different styles to choose from.

ModernaBambooBox_001__80405.1435798073.375.375

You might even want to add some recipe card protectors and dividers.  What a wonderful gift that would be.  I would love to see one under my Christmas tree!  I’m very fond of Roosters!

For more information on how to create a recipe binder that will stand the test of time and serve you well in the kitchen, please contact us.

Thanksgiving Dangers

turkey-dog-600x450

Thanksgiving should be a time of togetherness and good feelings. A time of sharing the many family recipes.  The last thing you want for your holiday is an emergency trip to the veterinary hospital. Unfortunately, there are a number of dangers sitting in your dining room that could be the cause of just such a scenario.

  • Keep your pets out of the kitchen.  Accidental counter-surfacing can result in sever poisoning to your pet.
  • Don’t let friends and family feed your pets.  Make sure your guests know the house rules.  Don’t fee your pets.  Politely inform all your guests to keep their food out of reach and to ask permission before feeding any treats.  Your pet may have food allergies they may not be aware of.
  • Dump the trash.  Somehow your dog will find a way to get into it, and leftover corn-on-the-cob, yummy string that goes around the turkey legs, turkey skin, bones, moldy food, and fatty grizzle all pose a threat to your pet.

The top 7 most dangerous Thanksgiving foods are:

  • Grapes and raisins
  • Xylitol
  • Fatty table scraps
  • Bones and turkey legs
  • Onions, leeks, chives and garlic
  • Unbaked yeast bread dough
  • Alcohol

 

 

Recipe Cards: An Overview

There is no simpler way to track a favorite recipe than the recipe card. A deceptively simple rectangle of paper, the modern recipe card is the ultimate low-tech tool for saving and sharing recipes for current and future generations. Thanks to the internet, there are also now a variety of free options for creating beautiful recipe cards that will do your recipes justice.

There are generally 3 sizes of recipe cards to consider. The 3×5” card is the standard card for most of the last 100 years. (Our own 3×5 recipe cards can be found here.) The old recipe card boxes they fit into were designed for America’s small kitchens. As kitchens expanded, so did the capacity of recipe boxes and binders to allow for the now standard 4×6” recipe card. (Our 4×6 recipe cards are here.) The vast majority of all current recipe cards are this size. In the past decade a few brands have expanded to 5×7” recipe cards. (Ours are here.) You may want to avoid these, however, because while they may fit your own binder they may not fit a friend’s binder you wish to share with.

Most recipe cards are designed with around a dozen horizontal lines going across them. Try to choose cards that also have lines on the back to provide you with more space. A good rule of thumb is to use the left side of the card to create an ingredients list column.  The right side should be used to make a second column that lists ingredients. In this way you simplify the preparation process.

Recipe cards come in all varieties of colors and designs. Traditionally, they have had fairly tacky simple line art, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Many modern recipe card designs have become their own art form, with ornate paintings, drawings and even photographs. Whichever you choose, try to find ones that allow for plenty of space for writing, with a simple interior that won’t make your writing hard to read after years of use. The artistry of the card should be most pronounced around the borders.

Before the numerous online recipe sharing sites sprang up, the recipe card was the traditional method of sharing favorite recipes with friends. These cards are seeing a popular resurgence, as the hand-written instruction carries a warmth and personalization that simply can’t be duplicated with a “submit” button.

If you are like many family cooks, you have a collection of hand-written cards handed down from previous generations. To ensure they survive to see the next generation, look into recipe card protectors. These plastic slips are very inexpensive, and for a few pennies you can save a priceless written heirloom.

Lastly, a quick Google for recipe card templates should yield a variety of printable recipe cards that will be typed in Word or Acrobat, or can be printed out and then written on by hand. But we’ve gone through that hassle for you and have put more than 300 free recipe cards in one place:

Recipe Cards

 

We’re giving away recipe cards!

We’re crazy-passionate about recipe cards. Maybe you can help us tell the world and get a nice set of free recipe cards while you’re at it. Here’s how:

1. Post a link from our site on your own personal or business website or blog. Please post this page: http://store.cookbookpeople.com/recipe-card-s/54.htm
Write something nice about us, post an image of it, or just say whatever you fancy.

2. Email me at info@cookbookpeople.com with the link to your site (so I can verify it!), a link to a particular recipe card set you like on our site, and your home address.

3. In about 2 weeks I’ll ship you those cards for free (Americans only–I can’t afford to ship to Venezuela). I’ll even cover postage and handling. With luck they’ll arrive in about 3 weeks.

Why am I doing this? I think it might create a little buzz for us, and who knows, maybe some links pointing to our site will get Google to notice. Maybe not. Guess I’ll find out.

I’m limiting this to the first 100 people who contact me, and one card set per person please.

Recipe Binder of Safe Foods for Allergy Sufferers

A special recipe binder devoted to allergy-safe recipes can make cooking for others a lot simpler – and safer!

recipe binder helps organize allergy-safe recipes

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:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Wheat

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.

For more information, contact us.