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Make your own recipe box with Foglietto

“Recipe Box” stationery kit 🍝

The perfect kit for cooking enthusiasts! To be given as a gift or as a present, this kit contains a complete selection of our stationery items as well as a mini-tutorial that will guide you in 5 simple steps in the creation of your own recipe box and your weekly meal planner.

For many of us, the past year has been the occasion to come back to simple things, and in particular to the pleasure of cooking good food by ourselves. Here, we have not escaped the trend: brioche, homemade broth, breaded artichokes, ravioli, pizza … I had long had in mind to use Foglietto, and in particular the kit A Posto and the index cards, to make a beautiful recipe box, which would include our classics but also our beautiful culinary discoveries. The idea was to help us find inspiration to avoid, as was often the case, cooking the same thing over and over again, when in fact we had amassed a whole bunch of successful recipes over the years. Recipes that we were usually too dizzy or too tired to remember when it came time to make the weekly menu. Today, I’m going to tell you how Foglietto is more practical than a notebook for storing recipes, how to build a recipe box that fits your lifestyle and give you some ideas on how to use it in your daily life.

To make your recipe box, you will need:

Recipe box or recipe booklet: which one to choose?

Practical for keeping track of certain recipes, recipe books are much less so when it comes to classifying them. The main advantage of Foglietto is that it will allow you to find a particular recipe much more easily, according to the classification categories you choose.

Unlike the thin pages of a notebook or the delicate touch screen of a smartphone, Foglietto’s thick cards are very resistant to stains, tastes and fingerprints of the greediest (or clumsiest!). You can easily wipe them with a sponge or a slightly dampened cloth. It is the ideal solution to follow your recipe while expressing your culinary creativity!

Finally, some recipe books will offer you a built-in filing system. Is this perfect? Not so sure! Where these offer you a predefined filing option, Foglietto allows you to choose several, depending on what suits you best.

Picture credit: Laura Potiron

Choose your filing system: use dividers and color coding

The ideal way to build your recipe treasure chest is to use the Tesoro storage box, specially designed for your Foglietto cards, as well as our divider cards (the first two are available in the A Posto kit). 

Start by defining the main categories that usually help you choose your recipes: type of dish, food allergies or restrictions, seasons, countries… Identify the most important category among them, in other words the one that will mainly guide your choices. In my case, this is the classic starter, main course and dessert. Record each of these sub-categories on a separate sheet. If you have a lot of recipes and want more “filters”, you can make different levels of dividers, for example:

  • Dividers with the tab on the left (level 1): starter, main course, dessert,
  • Dividers with the central tab (level 2): omnivore, vegetarian, vegan,
  • Dividers with the tab on the right (level 3): Italian cuisine, Asian cuisine, French cuisine, etc.

You will then have to repeat the level 2 tabs for each level 1 tab, and the level 3 tabs for each level 2 tab. This option is only useful if you have a large number of recipes to sort.

You can also use a color code that will allow you to identify at a glance the cards containing recipes that might interest you. In my case, I chose to assign yellow cards to recipes containing meat or fish, blue cards to vegetarian recipes and pink cards to vegan dishes. So if I am looking for a vegan main dish, I would know to go to the pink cards behind the “Dishes” divider.

No matter how many recipes you start with, I recommend building an index from the beginning. To do this, I use the to-do list card and the recipe card numbering box. If you wish, this is also an opportunity to add a new category of classification to your recipes. Here, I went for the very basic sweet/salty. So I have two index cards: one for savory recipes and one for sweet recipes. 

This index will allow you to quickly find a recipe, but also to see at a glance which recipes are already in your box… and thus to easily find inspiration! So don’t hesitate to keep all your recipes there, even those you know by heart.

Picture credit : Noémie Sato

Some ideas to "spice up" your recipe box

Here is a non-exhaustive list of ideas to take full advantage of your recipe box:

  • Choose among your recipe cards the ones that will make up your week, then post them directly on your fridge or on a wall in your kitchen with masking tape, a few magnets or pins.
  • This way, you’ll have them right in front of you when the time comes to cook them!
  • The recipe cards also allow you to involve the children in this recurring exercise in family life: to help the little ones participate, you can add to your recipe either an illustration of it, made by yourself or by your children, or a photograph that you can hold up with masking tape or a small paper clip. Your menu can be displayed for the whole family to see. 
  • Use your recipe cards and a to-do list to quickly create your weekly shopping list, or take your recipe cards directly to the supermarket.
  • With its minimalist design, the Tesoro box will easily blend in with your kitchen decor. Keep it handy, ideally on your counter or a shelf, to pick up some ideas.
  • Finally, the next time someone asks you for your excellent recipe for carciofi impanati (Italian breaded artichokes), just lend them your recipe card! Much more user-friendly than a link on the web 😉

To summarize, the steps needed to create your recipe box:

  • Define the main categories that usually guide you in choosing your recipes,
  • Choose a main category (starter, main course, dessert…),
  • Choose one or more secondary categories (vegan/gluten-free, simple/difficult, spring/winter, etc.),
  • Assign a color code or a level of dividers to each of these main and secondary categories,
  • Create an index using our “to-to” cards,
  • Write your recipe cards and classify them according to the code you have chosen,
  • Finally, use your recipe cards in different ways: lend them out, post them on your fridge as a weekly menu,
  • etc.

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