You’ve collected your supplies for your Source Book. Get that pen out, first step is to make a list of categories for your recipes which you will add to the re-positionable tabs. Mine read: Appetizers, Beef, Bread, Cheese/Eggs, Chicken, Dessert, Fish/Seafood, Pasta, Pork, Salads, Sandwiches, Sides, Soup, and Tarts/Quiche.
Next step, put the tabs in your bound book leaving several pages in between tabs. The order of tabs is up to you, this is your book and should be tailored to the way you work. You could go with alphabetical, meal order: appetizers to dessert, all proteins together, all veggies and salads together. . . If you change your mind on the order later, that’s fine as the tabs and post-its are re-positionable. Nothing cast in stone here!
Once you have your tabs in your book, time to get into individual recipes. Put one dish title (along with ideas for sides) on a post-it and stick it in the category where it belongs in your source book. Write down recipes you know your recipients like, or that you particularly enjoy. If the recipe is just OK, leave it out. Think of as many as you can, question your family as to things they like, look through your cookbooks and pick out favorites. Order is not important, just the category. The first page of the “Chicken” tab in my source book reads: Chicken Saté, Rotisserie Chicken, Moroccan Chicken, Chicken Parmesan, Lemon Pepper Chicken, Chicken Curry, Sweet/Sour Chicken, Sesame Chicken, Creamy Lemon Butter Chicken, Basil Chicken and Chicken with Grapes and Tarragon.
Next step will be scheduling for a week!