I really enjoy using Evernote as my digital cookbook. I have a cookbook, in fact I have many cookbooks and they're all collecting dust - except this and this, the only two anyone would really need - since I began clipping recipes to Evernote. I've seen a lot of people sing the praises of scanning paper but I've found it's always been easier to just snap a picture.
Last week I was visiting some family and a copy of Woman's Day was on the table. I flipped through and found this Spiced Chicken and Chickpea Stew Recipe. Well, I could have torn the page out, folded it enough to fit in my pocket, brought it home, lost it will all the other things in my pocket and eventually found it. Instead, I snapped this shot and have the recipe saved. Here's a few other tips for using Evernote this way.
- Use tags to indicate what meal the recipe is for. I have Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack, and Dessert tags.
- Use tags to include the chief ingredients, in this case I tagged the note with Chicken, Chickpea, and Stew.
- Some people also use tags for how long it takes to make, I don't because we structure our dinner preparation different but that would be another good use for keeping organized.
- Whenever I cook from one of these photos I do use our iPad. Generally that larger screen allows me to see the recipe better.
If you want my note with this recipe, it's here.