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Rather than re-write each recipe on an index or mini card, I decided to create a traditional-sized file box when I offered to organize my mom's recipe collection for her right before Thanksgiving. Here's what I did:
I grouped her recipes (which were clipped from newspapers and magazines, gifted on notecards, or scrawled in her own writing on notebook paper)
I created a file for each group: beef, grains, vegetables, desserts (I further broke down dessert by 'chocolate' and 'non chocolate', cookies, and cakes and pies), and gave each group it's own hanging file folder and labeled each one.
I then hung the folders alphabetically in a clear plastic file box.
I stored the box under a desk in the kitchen for easy access.