The Mystery of Decluttering…Recipes @LucyBurdette
August 16, 2017
By LUCY BURDETTE… Over the past 4 to 6 weeks, I’ve been involved in what one might call “productive procrastination.” This means using the inspiration about cleaning stuff out of my house that I found here to actually clean stuff out of my house. This most often happens when I am stalled on my writing. (Why is it that cleaning is so appealing when a person is hammering out a first draft of her new novel?)
We’ve made multiple trips to the clothing donation box, more trips to the church where they are collecting tchotchkes for the white elephant booth at the fair, and a family visit to our attic. (And it turns out that of our children, Andrew is a master thrower-outer, Molly and Jeff, not so much.) But I screeched to a halt when I looked at this drawer:
The picture doesn’t show you that the drawer is so full, it’s very hard to open or close.
This accordion file used to be where I kept the recipes that I would either try or had tried and liked enough to try again. At least it’s minimally organized:
Whereas this box has no organization other than the newest recipes dropped on top: (And I am still adding by the way…)
And I certainly don’t want to dump the whole drawer, because I’d hate to lose precious pieces of the past like this recipe in my father’s handwriting:
And this one from my grandmother (his mother) in 1969:
But the truth is, I also have a ton of cookbooks. And many, many issues of Bon Appétit, which I am too embarrassed to show you and thank goodness I had the sense to discontinue. And when I want to try something new, I most often either look at my Pinterest board for food, or I Google the ingredients. And I store recipes I’ve made and liked on Mystery Lovers Kitchen, like this fabulous chocolate cake or this copycat crockpot pasta fagioli.
Comments? So…help! Do you have a drawer jammed full of recipes? Or other collections to precious to part with? What will you do with them? Please let us know in the Comments section below
About Lucy Burdette
Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries–a cozy, culinary mystery series, which debuted with AN APPETITE FOR MURDER. Her books can be found in bookstores and online at Amazon. She also happens to be married to Mr. Topretirements (lucky for him)!