As I've noted before, I cook a lot. Some of the stuff I make comes from recipe books, some from the internet (allrecipes.com is my favorite online source), and some things I just make up out of my head based on successes/failures I've had in the past.
The recipes that I have written down have been really disorganized over the past few years. At one time, I had a massive recipe file saved on my computer. The stuff there came from every source you can imagine and I had it organized and set up in a searchable format so that I could find anything really quickly.
Did I mention that I'm the worst person in the world when it comes to backing up stuff that I have on the computer?
Yeah... My computer shit the bed, and took all my recipes with it. I've gradually been rebuilding the recipes that I still need ingredients/instructions for, but they've been all on scraps of paper, torn out of magazines, or jotted down on cards.
Well, I finally decided to get organized. I bought an old dovetailed recipe box off ebay for a couple of dollars and refinished it. Its beautiful oak, but someone along the line had set a can of something on top and there's an extremely dark black ring on the top. Can't get it out and I don't want to sand the thin wood of the top down.
My solution, an old Royal Baking Company Cookbook, circa 1911.
I've collected this, and a couple of other, cookbooks over the years when I've come across them. They're really interesting to read and the covers are awesome vintage goodness. I know its easy to romanticize an era. Especially when you didn't have to put up with all the "bad" stuff that came along with it (Polio, anyone?).
Still.... its comforting for me to look at stuff like this and think about "the good old days", you know?
I scanned the above picture, and resized it so that it will fit perfectly on the top of the box. Decoupage was a really common practice back in the days when this old cookbook, and the box its going on for that matter, were brand new. So I think its a fitting way for me to cover up the flaw.
I'll post pics when I've done the deed :)