2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac Recipe Contest – Five or Fewer Ingredients

Every year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac holds a recipe contest with cash prizes.

This year, they are looking for great simple family recipes with five or fewer ingredients. In past years they have looked for Appetizers, Pastas, orange recipes and Dips and Spreads.

And it’s easy to enter. Entries must be yours, original, and unpublished. You can’t be a professional chef and you can submit only one recipe per person.

The deadline for entries is Friday, January 22, 2021.

Cash prizes are awarded to the best recipes that fit into the category “five or fewer ingredients.” First place wins $300; second prize wins $200; third prize wins $100.

Got a great recipe that’s made with five or fewer ingredients (not including salt and pepper) and that’s loved by family and friends? It could win!

Learn more and enter at: https://www.almanac.com/old-farmers-almanac-recipe-contest

 

Remembering loved ones with a family cookbook

The loss of a mother or grandmother is a difficult time for most people. The love and nurturing they provide is something that we will never forget is always to be cherished.

One way to memorialize a loved one who has passed, especially someone who was responsible for cooking for the family, is to create a family cookbook in their honor.

Often collection of recipes in the form of a recipe box, magazine and newspaper clippings, or cookbooks with pages marked is a great place to start creating a cookbook in someone’s honor.

Another way to gather recipes is to reach out to families and friends and ask for which foods that person was known for. Getting others to share recipes and memories adds a lot to the process and to the final product.

When entering recipes into the system, remember to write personal notes about why this recipe reminds you of the person you were honoring. It could be memories of when they’ve made that recipe or serve that recipe or just examples of food that they loved.

Including lots of photos is also a great way to make your special cookbook a tribute to the one you love.

 

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Recipes are more than cooking instructions

Everybody knows that recipes help us make the dishes that we want to eat, however they can be so much more than just that.

Behind every recipe you love is a story to be told.

People love to learn more about a recipe before making it. How the recipe came to be, what things can be changed in it and why it is important in your life.

At FamilyCookbookProject.com our recipe form includes a space for personal notes. These notes allow you to tell your recipe story to others who you’ll share it with.

Here are some ideas of what you can put in the personal notes of a recipe:

  • How are you first came across the recipe period
  • When you first served the dish.
  • Ingredients that can be switched out to make it healthier without affecting the overall result.
  • Memories of other people serving this recipe before you.
  • Side dishes or other food that accompanies it well.

So next time you enter a new recipe into FamilyCookbookProject.com, remember to share its story.

 

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Having your Cookbook Ready for the Holidays

Okay, the important question of the month: “When is the deadline to ensure Christmas delivery of My Family’s Favorite Recipes?”

Answer: Thursday, November 30th! There will be an extended deadline, but upgraded shipping will probably be required.

Since personal family cookbooks make a great Christmas gift for both friends and family members, a great many people are working hard to get their cookbooks completed and ordered. That means the sooner your done and have placed your order, the sooner you will receive them!

Invite your friends to start their own cookbooks

Since 2004, Family Cookbook Project has been helping people just like you create customized cookbooks and preserve your family recipes for future generations.

We get many of our new cookbook editors from referrals from current cookbook editors and this is where you come in.

Help us continue to spread the word about Family Cookbook Project by telling friends and family who might want to start their own cookbooks about us and. Have them go to FamilyCookbookProject.com and try a free personal version of the software. If they like it, they can upgrade to the full version.

By continuing to grow, we can continue to offer an improved experience to all of our customers, including new cover options, easier navigation, and new design layouts.

It is our hope that you love our software so much, that you will help us spread the word.

 

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

How To Create a Mini Cookbook

Do you have a lot of recipes of a specific type? Maybe you love to make cookies or pies or cakes. You can create a “mini cookbook” to organize your recipes and even share with family and friends.

With a few as 10 recipes, you can create a single category cookbook or multiple categories within a theme.

For example, as the bartender for our family I am often asked what cocktails I can make. I show them my “Fabulous Family Cocktails” – a cookbook of 27 beverage recipes and let then choose what I can make for them.

Around the holidays our “Family Cookie Recipes” cookbook comes in real handy when getting ready for a cookie swap!

Next, I plan on creating a BBQ mini cookbook and giving it out as gifts for Christmas to my friends and family.

To create you own mini cookbook, go to the Production Center on your editor page and select “more cookbooks”. Here you can create your own mini cookbook and even import your recipes from your main cookbook using our recipe transfer tool.

 

 

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

How to Create a Multi-Part Recipe

Have you ever had a cake recipe that really needed a specific frosting? Or a meat recipe that required a special sauce? Wouldn’t it be great if a a recipe could have sub recipes attached to keep them together?

Many of our editors have asked for the ability to have multiple sections or steps in recipes. We like to listen and have added it! Now you can have up to 5 “sub” recipes or steps within a recipe, each with its own set of ingredients and directions. Example? You have Carrot Cake and you want a section for the “Cake” with its ingredients and directions, then “Cream Cheese Frosting” with another set of ingredients and directions.

To use this feature, simply go to Add Recipe or Edit an existing recipe. First check the box for “Show subtitle and make a multi-part recipe” right under the contributor field. This will add a field for sub-recipe title.

Using our example above, here is where you would add your carrot cake ingredients and directions.

Next, click on the green button to “Add new sub recipe”. This will add fields for a second set of sub recipe title, ingredients and directions for your Cream Cheese Frosting.

You can add up to five sub recipes for your overall recipe.

When you are done, make sure to click on the green button on the bottom of the page to save your recipe before moving on to your next recipe.

 

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

How Much Does Printing a Family Cookbook Cost?

One of the most ask questions we at FamilyCookbookProject.com receive from people considering creating their own personal cookbook full of family recipes is “How much will it cost to print my cookbook?”

The cost of printing a cookbook has two variables: The number of pages in the cookbook, the amount of color and the number of copies to be printed.

If you think about it, this is fairly straight forward. More pages means more paper and ink need to be used to create the cookbook. Color images printed using 4 different inks so they are more expensive than black and white page.  So much of the cost is based on the materials being used to create the cookbook.

The number of copies is important because the printing press and bindery equipment must be set up for each cookbook. The cost of this set up is split over each cookbook, so it you only print one cookbook (our minimum) that set up cost will have a larger impact on the price per copy than if you printed 100 copies.

You will find the complete pricing for the use of the site at http://www.familycookbookproject.com/price_to_print_a_family_cookbook.asp

You will also find a way to estimate the cost of your cookbook printing at the bottom of the page, however the actual cost will be determined by the number of pages contained in your cookbook when you send it to print.

If you already have a Family Cookbook Project account, go to the Publishing Center and you can get a quote based on the current number of actual pages in your cookbook. You also can adjust these totals to see what the impact on pricing would be.

Lowering the cost of printing

The best way to lower the cost of printing your family cookbook is to lower the number of pages.

To save pages, go to Layout and Design Center in your editor’s account.  Under Recipe Layout, choose any or all of these options to save space:

  • Choose Arial or Times Roman, Two Column Small for the smallest type face.
  • UNcheck Print my recipes in non-continued format
  • UNcheck Force recipe photos to be on same page as recipe
  • CHECK Print Directions and Comments as single paragraphs
  • Under Recipe Sorting, choose Print my recipes in book order – shortest to longest

 

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

 

Schools Raise Dough with Fundraising Cookbooks

If you are a parent with children in elementary schools you understand that schools today are always looking four ways to raise money. Whether it is a PTA or PTO group or a specific need such as a sports team or field trip, we need to raise money is always there.

How about suggesting a fundraising cookbook!

Family Cookbook Project has a specific site set up for school fundraisers called cookbookfundraiser.com. Just like Family Cookbook Project.com, the editor creates an account and invites people to contribute recipes. However the cookbookfundraiser.com software is set up to or allow larger groups to contribute and turn it into a fun activity.

We also offer many school and kid related covers or you can create a custom cover for your school fundraising cookbook.

Creating a school fundraising cookbook can be accomplished in just a few simple steps:

  • Create a committee to work with you.
  • Send out flyers with instructions on how to enter recipes into the system. Will even provide you the text for this communication.
  • Get together with your committee and choose one of the school and kid related covers or design your own. Pick a recipe layout and write an introduction.
  • Sell advertising in your cookbook. We provide a complete section on how to successfully sell advertising to the local community. This activity can raise enough money to pay for the entire printing of your cookbook! Will even buy your first half page ad! See our website for details.

Pre-sell your cookbook to all the people who submitted recipes and to other members of the community. This way you’ll know how many cookbooks to order, but remember to order some additional copies for people who learn about it too late.

Place your order and in a few weeks your cookbooks will arrive.

To learn more about how to create a successful school fundraising cookbook, click here to get step-by-step instructions on our website.

 

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Why Blank Pages are Needed in a Family Cookbook

One of the questions we get a lot as Cookbook Publishers is “how do I remove the blank pages in my cookbook?”

It seems that when people preview their family cookbook on FamilyCookbookProject.com, they see the cover, then a blank page, then the title page, then another blank page, and so on. They want those blank pages eliminated to lower the cost of printing.

In publishing, especially cookbook publishing, a cookbook needs to be laid out in a specific way in order for the most important pages to be on the right side when the book is opened. Think about it, Whenever you open a book, the title page is the first thing you see and it is always on the right page of a two page spread. Same goes for the Introduction, Table of Contents and the section dividers.

On FamilyCookbookProject.com, if you create a preview cookbook PDF, you want to open it in your Adobe Reader program and select the option to view “Facing Pages” or “Double-up” (look under the View menu), you’ll see how the pages back up to each other.

Now with that said, there is no reason why those pages have to be blank. The inside front cover can have a family photo photo or bio of the cookbook editor. The same goes for other blank pages as well. If your introduction is one page and after it is a blank page, consider writing more, adding a photo or even making the text larger to fill up that extra space.

One benefit form using FamilyCookbookProject.com is that we provide a complete set of handy kitchen information that can be used on the back of the recipe category dividers with the touch of a button.

Bill Rice is founder and Co-Publisher of the Great Family Cookbook Project, a website that helps families and individuals collect and share food memories through customized printed cookbooks filled with treasured recipes. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!