Here is the World’s Best Baked Potato


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. It is ideal for grannies and guru’s. Even this granny can and has used it to make a family cookbook.


• 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!




Thanksgiving Cheese Tray Turkey


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!



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.


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


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


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:
Write something nice about us, post an image of it, or just say whatever you fancy.

2. Email me at 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, and The Kids with Food Allergies Foundation at

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.

Help Your Grad Get Started with a Family Recipe Binder!

A recipe binder will be an invaluable aid to your grad as he or she heads out into the world!

College boy ready to cook with the help of his recipe binder

Ready to get cooking!

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:


  • Having a family recipe binder will give them a sense of support and stability. Your children may have to move far away from you to college or to where the work is, but those family recipes will show them that they will always had a strong centrality of family support – and because of that they will grow in strength and thus gain the confidence to move forward in life.
  • Everyone needs to cook for themselves. Don’t for one minute think that cooking is just for women! With the onset of popular TV shows young men are just as likely to be in the kitchen showing off their culinary skills – and they are certainly going to need some of those skills. Dining out is going to be beyond many a graduate’s budget, and cheap dining out will not impress a date as much as a home-cooked meal. His friends too will feel more comfortable in a homely atmosphere knowing that they are all in the same boat and will have to make their way across many stormy seas before they are really doing any serious earning!
  • Young men and women alike are increasingly in need of your advice and your recipes, especially if they haven’t had much practical experience. Kids seem so busy these days, often too busy to spend their afternoons watching and learning from mom’s (or dad’s!) cooking in the kitchen! They are more likely to be sitting at the kitchen table or in front of a computer, plowing through the piles of homework, or out at soccer practice, or music lessons, or any of those other required activities in the life of a modern American child. Now all the hard work has paid off – but maybe for the first time, they’re going to need to know how to prepare a nutritious meal for themselves!
  • Using a recipe binder makes it easy for them to add new printed out recipes or cuttings. Most parents these days are happy to send e-mails – hey, how would you ever communicate with the kids otherwise? Were you really expecting a weekly letter from college? No, we have to learn to keep up with them! So a message from Jimmy Jr. requesting that dish that you used to have on Friday evenings after soccer practice is easily replied to over the internet, and can be printed out and added to the growing full-page recipe binder or quickly popped into that recipe accordion file!
  • A collection of family recipes will give them confidence and inspiration to discover new ideas of their own. Now your daughter or son has made a start in life and has the beginnings of their expanding recipe binder to work with, they will gradually find their own recipes, perhaps on the internet, or they will try new dishes that they have found from living in a more cosmopolitan or culturally diverse society. And they will have you to thank – their growth of wisdom may have all started from the care that you gave when they were so in need of those, at times imperceptible, firm family foundations.

A recipe binder makes cooking at college ease!

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!

A Recipe Organizer for the Cook Without a Compass

A recipe organizer can help those of us who are a little lost in the kitchen find their feet.

Recipe organizer

Lost in your own kitchen?

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.

Making a Family Cookbook Can Be Easier Than Being Around Family!

 Making a family cookbook will help you appreciate your family more (even if they do drive you a little crazy sometimes).

Make a family cookbook - they'll thank you one day!

Making a family cookbook can be easier – and quieter – than your actual family!

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.