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Cross-referencing recipes

In my recipe file, I keep cards for many unusual or infrequently used ingredients that might go to waste because I only need a small quantity for a recipe — buttermilk, for example. On that card, I’ve listed several foods with buttermilk in it, like pancakes, biscuits, Aunt Helen’s ranch dressing, etc. The card reminds me what other recipes I use that call for that ingredient. This prompts me to make one of those recipes so I can use up the remaining quantity.

Mary Sullivan, Concord, CA

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