Google Notebook For Tracking Online Recipes
I don’t have a recipe to share with you today. Sorry…life has been insane. There was a birth in the family, jobs are nuts…we’ve been cooking and eating but nothing interesting or new. I’m hoping to rectify that this weekend.
However, I thought I would share a little tip that I have found quite useful. If you’re like me and read a lot of food blogs every day, you probably find an awful lot of recipes that make you go “mmm, I should try that.” Now you could bookmark the permalink for the recipe. You could print off a copy that you’ll probably lose. Or you can take advantage of the beauty of Google Notebook.
I am in love with all things Google. I’ve got Gmail and so many tools from Google Labs it’s not even funny. Google Notebook has a nifty little plugin that integrates with your browser (Firefox, for IE you’ll have to google it). This plugin gives new functionality to allow you to capture or “note” anything from just about anywhere. Oh, and it’s totally free. Here are the FAQs.
So when I come across a recipe that I want to try out, I just right click on the title (or I can select the entire thing and right click), pick “Note This (Google Notebook)” and it automatically places it into my notebook (which is tied to my Google Account). I then have the option of leaving it where it landed or moving it to a self-created subsection. For my Recipe Notebook, I’ve got all the classic cookbook divisions of appetizers, sides, etc., plus I’ve further broken things down by type of meat, vegetable, pizza, pasta, etc. Then within each “note”, I have the option to make my OWN notes about, say, any changes I make to the recipe or whatever.
The hard part is remembering to scroll through there to look when I’m trying to find inspiration for dinner! I’ve got dozens of recipes that I still haven’t tried. So that’s the new plan–to start actually cooking the recipes I’ve stuck in there–and share them with you.
In the meantime, I hope you find it a handy online tool.