Once upon a time, my husband and I were poor college students. Well, he was a poor college student. I spent a whole semester trying to get a job and other than a temp position, went without.
I wasn't a great cook, either. For a variety of reasons, I knew how to make very little. Mac and Cheese, hamburger helper. That was about it.
Totino's pizzas were still round and a dollar. Spaghetti was easy and cheap. Peanut butter and jelly was easy. Then I got pregnant and had a good amount of morning sickness. I couldn't handle the texture of pb&j, so that was out. I ate a lot of oranges and crackers. And then we moved on.
Over the years, I worked my way "up" the recipe ladder. I figured out how to make hamburger helper from scratch. When we got tired of the beef+pasta combo several nights a week, I worked on chicken recipes. I had subscriptions to Rachel Ray mag, Cooking Light, Family Circle, and more! I tried new things, and kept the recipes in a binder. Now I feel like a reasonable cook.
I cancelled all of my magazines when they started to take over the house. I still have too many, sitting and waiting for me to sort them. One day, I will pitch them all.
So now that we've established that I'm a hoarder, wouldn't it be great to digitize this stuff?
Plan to Eat is an excellent resource! Here's the short list of what you can do with it:
* Save recipes, even directly from a website.
* Sort recipes into categories, adding tags and nutrition information.
* Plan a weekly or monthly menu.
* Print a shopping list based on your meal plan.
I currently have 238 recipes saved to my Plan To Eat profile. I also have access to recipes from 13 friends. This gives me almost 1500 recipes available at my fingertips.
I tried Plan To Eat when it was new, and decided not to renew. When I came back to PTE several years later, here's why I decided to stay:
"You are invited to a free, 30 day, full-service, no strings attached trial.