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Mar 14, 2011 07:09 PM

Software to help me ORGANIZE my recipes??

Okay...I finally got a laptop. And one thing I could really use is a software program that I can store all my recipes in so I can reduce the small mountain of index card boxes on the corner of the kitchen table, but I want something that will enable me to enter an ingredient...say, strawberries (when they were so damn good at the farmer's market that now I have 3 packs of them, but I don't want to make jam)...and I get a list of recipes from my files utilizing strawberries, preferably beginning with the recipes that require the largest amount of said ingredient.
Now I know I can just look up all the magazines that I got most of my recipes from, but I want them cross-referenced so I don't have to keep searching,, etc.
Also I want my own recipes in there so I only have to look in one spot.
Does a such a program exist and, if so, what's it called?
Did I mention that it has to be user-friendly since I am not techy at all?

Much obliged!

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  1. There is no need for a prgram to store all your receipes in. If you use Word, set up a main file, called "My recipes"

    I make a main files for Vegetables (which includes any and all vegetables.) I do the same for fruits, same for Spices.

    I will even put pictures in, for example, a certain spice, that I have bought at a particular grocery store, entitle it where & how much. Or anything you wish to put in that particular file "rosemary" file.

    To find any ingredient, just use AgentRansack (freeware) to locate exactly your ingredient or recipe.

    One thing nice is that you don't have to do it all at once, you just keep buildng. And you aren't limited to someone elses idea of what a food file should look like.

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    1. re: Rella

      Nice! I'll try it! Much obliged!

    2. Based on your description of what you want to do, you might want to lo look at Living Cookbook ( It has a 30 day trial with no features disabled and is only $35 to keep it. I have used it for a few years now.

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