Keeping a Kitchen Journal
I know, I know, you're thinking a journal for the kitchen?
It seems like the busier we get the more forgetful we are. And
getting older has something to do with it, right? Whatever the
reason, a kitchen journal can be a useful tool for keeping your
home and family running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.
Did I mention journaling is fun? It is! Find a notebook to
start your journal. You can decorate it yourself with stickersor
cut-out pictures. Make it into something you look forward to
A kitchen journal is for making notes to yourself when you're
meal planning, cooking, or when a creative thought pops into your
head while you're doing something else.
One thing I use my kitchen journal for is recording my family's
food likes and dislikes. I've been married for almost eight
years and you would think by now I know what kind of cereal my
husband likes. It's not so much the ones he likes, as the one he
dislikes! Then when you add in our teenage daughter and my
teenage step-daughter who doesn't live with us and comes and
stays with us from time to time, I'm finding it almost impossible
to keep track of who likes what. This is also useful for family
members who visit and eat at your home. They will be impressed
that you remember what they like/dislike and that you plan your
meals around their tastes and/or food allergies.
Use your journal for recording new ideas for and keeping track of
your kids' school lunch menus.
Create a list of which fruits and vegetables are in season, and
when prices are lowest so you can watch for good deals and
prepare your meals around the seasons.
Kitchen journals are also great for when you're experimenting
with a recipe. When you change the proportions of a recipe or
make an emergency ingredient substitution, make a note of it in
your journal. You can also use your journal to write down new
recipes you want to try or make a note of where you saw a recipe
you want to come back to later.
When you have guests or are entertaining friends or family make
notes of things you tried that went well or things that didn't go
well that you want to remember not to try again (like the salad
that didn't set long enough in the refrigerator before you were
ready to serve it).
In addition to keeping track of favorite foods, make a note of
your family's favorite recipes. When your children grow up and
go to college and/or get married, you can compile their favorite
recipes into a keepsake cookbook or recipe card box for them to
take with them as they start their own families.
Try incorporating a kitchen journal into your daily routine and
see for yourself if it helps keep you more organized. Once you
get started you'll discover many ideas of your own to record in
your new journal.
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