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Jan 21, 2012 09:50 AM

How do you organize your My Favorites on

I've been having trouble adding recipes to My Favorites on for a while now - it seems like their interface is always screwed up. However, even when it's working, I hate the way it's organized - the recipes aren't in any discernable order, and you can't sort or search. Does anyone have a system they use (bookmarks, etc?) to organize their recipes? Please share!

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  1. Nah, I had to look, as I don't save recipes there often because, like you, the interface is frequently screwed up and there's no discernible way to organize, sort or search. My favorite is, very easy to drag and drop recipes into folders you create. Perhaps send F & W an email? Their system needs an upgrade.

    If I find a recipe from F & W, I like, I copy and paste it into my own files.

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    1. re: bushwickgirl

      Yes, I have actually sent a couple of emails complaining about the broken interface to no avail. I use Epicurious too, but there are lots of great recipes on F&W that I want access to as well! Perhaps I'll just start doing what you do and copy them to my own files. Frustrating...

      1. re: biondanonima

        Have you tried pepperplate yet? You can keep all your favorite recipes in one place; there are a few websites you can import directly from (I think Food and Wine is one of them) and the rest go in manually. Just thought I'd run it by you if you haven't come across it yet; it's free to use.

        1. re: lilgi

          I've never heard of it but I will check it out now. Thank you!

          1. re: biondanonima

            yw! I don't know how I got along without it, but in order to see how everything gets formatted you have to sign up. It's wonderful.

            1. re: lilgi

              OMG, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This website is EXACTLY what I have been needing all my life!!!!!!!!!!! Truly amazing!!!!!!!!!!

          2. re: lilgi

            Another two thumbs up for Pepperplate!!! Now, instead of clipping recipes from magazines and stuffing them into a folder, I just upload them to Pepperplate. How easy is that!! And yes, Food & Wine is one of the supported magazines. I just imported a salmon recipe this morning.

            I'm wondering, though, if it's safe to toss those same magazines into the recycling bin after I've captured the content I want to save. I guess it is -- truth is, once I've clipped the recipes, I never go back to the magazines. And if PP goes away some day, taking my recipes with it, it'll be a lesson learned. But for now, it's a risk I'm willing to take.

            1. re: CindyJ

              I had reservations too, expecting them throw us a fee after we're all warm and toasty - but I do intend to keep a hard copy for myself, because you never know!

              1. re: lilgi

                I'm kinda old skool; I prefer keeping hard copies of anything. It's not necessarily that I think it's wise, but sometimes technology can be wonky. Printed matter has been around for eons.

      2. I gave pepperplate a go and it's a fantastic way to import/save recipes. The import bookmarklet is a great function that lets you bypass manual or URL input. Import from a number of popular sites, including CHOW, filter, add as favorites, scale recipes, plan and create shopping lists, be mobile, etc. As boindanonima wrote, truly amazing. Thanks, lilgi!

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        1. re: bushwickgirl

          Yw Bwg, So glad this was helpful! I truly love it.

          Great avatar btw!