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Adam Lambert Recipe File Project

December 4, 2010

by @TechnicolorNina, guest blogger

As a welcome-home/housewarming fan gift for Adam, we’re putting together a recipe file for his new kitchen! For those who don’t know what a recipe file is, it’s basically a cookbook in index-card form, with all the cards contained in a file box. See the example at right.

Recipe files have a lot of advantages over traditional cookbooks, including but not limited to:

  • you can arrange them however you like because there’s no binding
  • you can take out individual cards while you cook—no trying to hold open a book
  • as you collect recipes, you can simply put them in your file
  • it’s easier to photocopy a card than a page in a book to share your favourite recipe
  • if a card gets dirty, you can simply copy out the recipe on a new card—if a book gets dirty, you’re stuck with cruddy pages
  • cards can be laminated so they can be wiped clean
  • my favourite: if you use waxed paper or clear plastic over the card to protect it, the cover will not fold as it does in a book

The deadline to submit a recipe (or more than one, that’s cool too) is 31 DECEMBER 2010. You can submit your recipe by e-mailing it to me at, and I will copy all recipes into the file. Please include the word “Recipe” in the subject line, and provide your name (can be a username or a full name) and location so Adam will know where his recipes are coming from (e.g. “Robinson Family Beer-Basted Ribs, Ninalyn Heil, Erie County, Pennsylvania”)! With a little effort, we can create a file full of delicious stuff from all over the world! (If you really want to hand-write or type your own recipe, e-mail me and we can work something out.)


  • Adam’s a busy guy. Stuff he can toss in a crock pot is awesome. Stuff he’ll have to spend all day standing over the stove for? Probably not so useful.
  • He’s said a couple of times that he’s not big on junk food, so while we’d probably all love to shower him with our grandma’s secret recipe for absolutely amazing pie/cheesecake/sugar cookies, he’ll probably get a lot more use out of healthier stuff.
  • Try to pick recipes that don’t require a lot of special ingredients, cooking equipment, or have super-specific anal-retentive directions (like how souffles have to be cooked for X number of seconds, no more, no less, EXACTLY). It’s a housewarming gift for a bachelor who’s going to have his own kitchen for the first time in his life, not Emeril.
  • If your family is like mine and goes “measuring cups? What are those?” when cooking, don’t panic—just make the recipe you want to send, measure each ingredient as you normally would (e.g. “a handful of rolled oats”), and before you toss it in the mix, put it in a measuring spoon or cup. I’ve made recipe files before for friends this way and they say their results from the measured-out versions are great.

And finally: I can’t correct recipes I’ve never made, so double-check to make sure you have EVERYTHING in your recipe before you send it.

Feel free to spread the word —the best part of a recipe file is getting recipes from a variety of sources, so the more, the merrier! I can always buy more file-cards if we need them!

Thank you for participating!!

Side note: I don’t have a job right now, so if you feel like pitching in a dollar or two via PayPal to help offset the cost of a recipe file and shipping, PLEASE let me know. I’m going to have to shovel a lot of walks for this one and snow doesn’t seem to be in the cards here right now. I’ve handled group monies for projects through my local anime convention, so it’s nothing I haven’t done before. Not saying you have to, just saying it’d be really nice, because I’m beyond glambroke. Any support will be gratefully acknowledged.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Ninalyn permalink
    January 13, 2011 10:21 pm

    Because this is just hitting Twitter via the Salon’s Twitter account, please take note I’ll be heading back to school on Sunday (the 16th) and can’t take any recipes past the 18th, because I’ll be starting classes. Try to get any contributions in before then, if you can!

    Thanks, guys! We have over 60 recipes in the file now; can’t wait to write them all out and send them on their way!

  2. Robin permalink
    January 19, 2011 7:05 pm

    Whatever happened to this??? Did they get enough recipes to give to Adam???

    • January 19, 2011 7:36 pm

      Yes, it’s a wrap! – J

    • Ninalyn permalink
      January 19, 2011 7:40 pm

      Yep, I’m actually copying recipes from my computer onto file cards as we speak! Should be going to my student store in the next day or two to pick up a box (I was planning on getting one from up at Walmart, but one of my friends said there are some REALLY NICE black boxes down there, so we’ll see).

  3. Ninalyn permalink
    January 29, 2011 2:53 am

    UPDATE: I picked up the box itself last night and am working on recipes as we speak (there are close to 70, so this could take a couple of weeks–I have to write them all out by hand). The box is a lovely thing from Bed Bath and Beyond: If you’re interested in starting a recipe file of your own, it’s a gorgeous box with ample room for many, MANY 4″x6″ index cards (standard size for recipes), and the materials used in it are all sustainable and replenishable.

    I’m a bit behind because I ended up having to move across the country, but I should still have the project done within my initial timeframe (I estimated about two weeks to write out all the cards), and then it’ll be on its way! I’ll try to get pictures before I send it out.

    • January 29, 2011 3:19 am

      Thanks everyone who contributed to Ninalyn’s labour of love. We know the way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so this should help Adam in les affaires d’amour.


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