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Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: To print, perchance to cook

  • There are cookbooks and then there are cookfolders. FOR THE GAZETTE/LOU GROCCIA

Published: 11/30/2019 12:01:25 AM

With more than 150 cookbooks standing at attention in my custom kitchen bookshelves, you would think I wouldn’t have a need for more recipe storage. But of course, I do. 

Since the bookshelves are crammed full with all those cookbooks as well as family pictures and rare kitchen tools, I recently noticed that small piles of letter-sized recipes printed from the Googleverse have been cluttering my kitchen counters.

So I decided that organization and the creation of a new word were in order. Let me introduce to you my “cookfolders.” These may also be known as manila folders. In the accompanying picture you can see the 12 cookfolders I have created as well as the nifty cookfolder rack they sit in.

Each folder at present has from 5 to 15 printed recipes. I have to resist the urge to print every single item I come across in my Web browsing.

Here’s a current sampling from each cookfolder:

■Asian recipes: Clams in Chinese black bean sauce

■Bread: Swedish-style cardamom buns

■Drinks: Cremadiorancello

■Grains/Rice/Beans: Eleven Madison Park granola

■Meats: Pastrami recipe close to Katz

■Misc: Lemony whipped feta with charred scallions

■Pasta: Barbara Kafka’s creamy lemon pasta

■Sauces: Fiery green tahini sauce

■Seafood: Thai charred squid

■Soups/Salads: Turkey soup with Chinese noodles and ginger

■Sweets: Creamy coconut popsicles

■Vegetables: Korean scallions pancakes with vegetables

I guess I better get busy if I ever want to make all these things.

And, dear readers, you can find all these recipes in the Googleverse if you need inspiration.

Happy surfing. Happy cooking. Happy weekend after Thanksgiving. 


This is a strange and weird coincidence. Just last night I was organizing my big notebook of recipes. It had gotten too big for its britches — Google recipes hanging out all over the place. I recently revamped my kitchen and that messiness had no business being on the shelf. When I say revamped, I mean scrub everything and paint from top to bottom.  It looks great but, that notebook needed revamping too. 

It’s amazing how those little slips of paper multiply. 


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