• October 1, 2017

    The absolute best way to organize your recipes from ALL sources in one place.

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    Do you have a bookshelf to the ceiling packed with cookbooks, years worth of subscriptions to a half-dozen food magazines, a roster of 25 food blogs you follow obsessively and a binder full of grandma’s recipes?

    If you actually want to use all these sources, the search is chaotic. Yes, Pinterest is great for websites, but what about the other sources? Post-it flags in cookbooks and magazines go missing, precious hand-written cards get lost or covered in sauce, and e-magazines don’t have an option to save or download single recipes for later use.

    Wouldn’t you love to have all the recipes you want to make this week (or ever) in one, searchable location, accessible from your computer, tablet or phone? I realized I sound like a scary-smile infomercialbot, but guys, I am seriously excited to share this with you. BECAUSE I HACKED A SYSTEM. And it is so awesome.

    Ok, here is what you do.  Download Wunderlist.  It’s a cloud-based task-management app that I have been using obsessively for at least two years (which is a record in app commitment for me). I rave about it so much I think they should be paying me.

    I use it to organize my entire life, but the recipe part is the most valuable to me.

    Using the app, you can make lists, and folders to organize them. Start by making a list called “recipes”. Now, the fun part.

    • From a print magazine/cookbook/index card or any other any physical source: Grab your smartphone or tablet and open Wunderlist. Add the recipe name in the “add a to do” field, save, then go in and tap “attach a file”. Choose “from camera” and snap a pic of the recipe. Ta da! Now you can access your Nonna’s hand-written bolognese secrets from anywhere.
    • From the internet: Enter the recipe name as above, then copy/paste the url into the “subtask” field. It’ll be clickable for later. Download the desktop bookmarklet and you can add to Wunderlist from any website, and it automatically pulls in the name, description and url for you.
    • From a digital magazine or app: as you’re reading your magazines in an app (I am absolutely obsessed with Texture – I gave up all my print subscriptions years ago), take a screenshot of the page with the recipe you want to save (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top or side of your device, and simultaneously press and release the Home button on an iPad/iPhone). Open Wunderlist. Enter the name as above, then tap “attach a file” and choose the screenshot from your camera roll. Same goes for other recipe apps.

    Now when you want to refer back to your recipes, you can use the search bar at the top and have them right at your fingertips for menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking

    Just searching “salmon” brings up all the recipes with salmon in the actual name, but you can use hashtags in the titles if you’d later like to later be able to browse by broader terms, such as “#fish”. Use more hashtags if you’d like to peruse by recipe source, meal, etc. i.e. #BonAppetit #vegetarian or #mom #dinner”

    I am constantly snapping pics of recipes, taking screenshots and saving urls as I come across them or browsing my cookbook collection, and now have a great database of recipes I’ve saved to try. Sure beats the heck out of my previous post-it flag system for bookmarking. I also add the recipe ideas or works-in-progress for Foodess, snapping pics of my crude, drip-splattered notebook as I go.

    Within my “Recipes” folder, I have a master recipe list, then lists of spring, summer, fall and winter recipes. You can organize by whatever makes your skirt fly up, but I keep it simple because it is really easy to search your collection and browse your hashtags.

    After I’ve made the recipe, I’ll often go in and add a note.

    You can star recipes and/or add due dates that connect to your google calendar, which copies them into the “starred” or “week” folders respectively, aggregating them for easy access.  These are exceptionally useful tools for meal planning, which I’ll explore in-depth with you in my The Ultimate Guide to Painless Meal Planning (that you’ll actually stick to) – coming next week!

     

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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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    pbjbabes

    Wow-this sounds UH-mazing!  I’ve printed and will be trying it, soon!  Almost time for Bnut Squash to go away :/

    Ambika Viswanathan

    OMG!! That is such a gorgeous casserole! I LOVE it!!!

    Meg Sweet Twist

    This sounds absolutely heavenly!!! 

    Had to pin it so I remember to make it later!

    Rwaida Scott

    Prepared this dish for my family last night for dinner – HUGE success! This is going to be a staple recipe in my cookbook. Thank you for sharing this delicious meal! 🙂

    Pâte à Chew

    This looks great, I am going to make this tomorrow night for a girls’ night dinner!  Out of curiosity, how big was your baking pan?

    Sarah

    I love your photography! The recipe looks fabulous too. 😀

    Shirataki Noodles

    Your dish is looking very nice & delicious i’ll definately going to try this in next couple of days..thanks for share buddy !!

    Jolene

    Delicious! Everyone loved it : ) Thank You!

    Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker

    This looks wonderful. I need some hands-off recipes (as in, sitting as much as possible) at this point with my pregnancy. I had my husband carmelizing onions last night (to top a BBQ pizza); he LOVES them, and my children do, too! I’ve never tried them with sugar.

    I will see about making this very soon!

    Brittany

    Wonderful! I realized too late that somehow I didn’t have any onions, but I got lucky that my boyfriend had grabbed some asparagus. It went perfectly with the mixture of goat cheese sauce, bacon and squash. It was delicious, although the step of peeling the squash took some time so be prepared for that. Otherwise, such a great recipe, thank you!

    Laura - South Africa

    Love this recipe and love your others! We do meatless Mondays so make this without bacon – just as yummy. Thank you Foodess!! xx

    Julia Beckerle

    WOW! Very good. I had to use Hokkaido because in Germany there are no more Butternuts available. But it was delicious anyway! Some days before I cooked Butternut (Hokkaido) Mac n Cheese. It was a week full of noodles and squashes =D

    Thank you Jennifer!
    All the best for 2015 =)

    pbjbabes

    Wow-this sounds UH-mazing!  I’ve printed and will be trying it, soon!  Almost time for Bnut Squash to go away :/

    Ambika Viswanathan

    OMG!! That is such a gorgeous casserole! I LOVE it!!!

    Meg Sweet Twist

    This sounds absolutely heavenly!!! 

    Had to pin it so I remember to make it later!

    Rwaida Scott

    Prepared this dish for my family last night for dinner – HUGE success! This is going to be a staple recipe in my cookbook. Thank you for sharing this delicious meal! 🙂

    Pâte à Chew

    This looks great, I am going to make this tomorrow night for a girls’ night dinner!  Out of curiosity, how big was your baking pan?

    Sarah

    I love your photography! The recipe looks fabulous too. 😀

    Reb Shay

    I noticed your last two entries’ photos resolutions are super low.  Looks like they were enlarged from thumbnails?  I don’t know if you noticed, so thought I’d let you know.  It’s hard to pin your photos without good photos!

    Shirataki Noodles

    Your dish is looking very nice & delicious i’ll definately going to try this in next couple of days..thanks for share buddy !!

    Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker

    This looks wonderful. I need some hands-off recipes (as in, sitting as much as possible) at this point with my pregnancy. I had my husband carmelizing onions last night (to top a BBQ pizza); he LOVES them, and my children do, too! I’ve never tried them with sugar.

    I will see about making this very soon!

    Brittany

    Wonderful! I realized too late that somehow I didn’t have any onions, but I got lucky that my boyfriend had grabbed some asparagus. It went perfectly with the mixture of goat cheese sauce, bacon and squash. It was delicious, although the step of peeling the squash took some time so be prepared for that. Otherwise, such a great recipe, thank you!

    Jennalyn

    I’ve made Roasted butternut squash with sage & shallots, over rigatoni & goat cheese, but never thought about adding bechamel, bacon & baking….love it!

    Laura - South Africa

    Love this recipe and love your others! We do meatless Mondays so make this without bacon – just as yummy. Thank you Foodess!! xx

    Julia Beckerle

    WOW! Very good. I had to use Hokkaido because in Germany there are no more Butternuts available. But it was delicious anyway! Some days before I cooked Butternut (Hokkaido) Mac n Cheese. It was a week full of noodles and squashes =D

    Thank you Jennifer!
    All the best for 2015 =)

    Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker

    This looks wonderful. I need some hands-off recipes (as in, sitting as much as possible) at this point with my pregnancy. I had my husband carmelizing onions last night (to top a BBQ pizza); he LOVES them, and my children do, too! I’ve never tried them with sugar.

    I will see about making this very soon!

    Stephanie Ragucci

    Thanks so much! This is a great idea. I’ve been playing around with it. Any tips for sharing one big recipe file with a whole bunch of people? Maybe make a duplicate of mine and give them access to that?

    Jessica

    How amazing this is. Thank you for sharing. No more print outs for me

    trish

    oh my gosh! you’re amazing! soooooo grateful. been looking forever for some way to store all of my recipes and couldn’t find anything that fit all my criteria, including being able to access from multiple devices. just downloaded wunderlist and it’s a dream! exactly what i was looking for! thank you very much!!

    Sebastian Monitto

    can you use a scanner to down your recipes

    Marla Swoffer

    I added another feature – copy/paste text of recipes I had been keeping in the notes app. I input the title and then paste the whole recipe into the notes area.

    Gert Carr

    I am looking for some sort of application that I can copy my mother’s recipes, make some sort of a booklet, so my other sisters may also have a copy. I have a laptop and computer to use. Any suggestions are welcome.

    lovescupcakes

    im new to this so i like cheesecake,mermaid cakes,,giant cakes,cupcakes.

    @englishroselifestyle

    Hi Jennifer, I LOVE this article! So much so I thought I’d solved all my recipe book problems… until I went to update wunderliat and it says they are getting rid of it on 6th May 2020 and its being replaced by Microsoft’s ‘To do’ … which is great, except it doesn’t let you add photos or tags or arrange it nearly as well!!! ? Do you have any suggestions? I tried using the Cook book app which looks good but is very time consuming to use if you have a lot of recipes! The only other idea I can… Read more »

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