Back in the day, circa 2010, I would print all the recipes I loved and file them in a HUGE binder. The binder had chicken, beef, pork, etc dividers. Then when I would sit down to menu plan I would flip through each section and plan 4 beef meals to have on every Monday of the month. I'm not that rigid but you get the point.
Jump ahead now to 2012. Currently I'm using 2 different means my Google reader and Pinterest. Whenever I see a meal that I like I pin it on Pinterest in the hopes that when I'm menu planning for the month I'll come back to it. The down fall of Pinterest is I don't find it that easy to search through your boards. I think I also need to start dividing my Pinterest boards into meat, pasta, seafood, desserts, etc.
With google reader, I search the entire reader for a main idea, like pasta or seafood. Then I just write the recipe down on my paper calendar for the menu planning. When the day comes to make the meal I pull it up on my phone or laptop and look at it while I cook. Much greener! If google reader was to ever go away I would be lost.
How do you stay organized? Are you like Carrie and use Evernote?