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The Top Kitchen Apps for 2012

The right mobile app can help even the most clueless amateur create something delicious in the kitchen, and even skilled chefs can benefit from a little help now and then. Here are a few of the best cooking apps on the market, for iPhone and Android.

1. How to Cook Everything (iPhone)

This app is great for experienced cooks, but it’s an absolute necessity for amateurs. How to Cook Everything features thousands of recipes with step-by-step instructions, as well as multiple built-in kitchen timers to help you keep track of everything that is boiling, baking, or simmering in your kitchen. One of the standout portions of this app is the scheduling and shopping list feature, which helps you plan trips to the grocery store so you always have what you need, and you’re always cycling through your freshest ingredients. (Cost: $4.99)

2. Kitchen Calculator (iPhone, Android)

This app is a great tool to convert measurements, and also helps you scale recipes up or down. It works for any measurements of volume, weight, temperature, or distance, in either standard or metric units. It even includes weird increments like a “dash”, a “pinch”, or a “jigger”. You tell the app how big a serving is and how many servings you want to make, and it will stretch or shrink your recipe to match. If you’ve ever sat and tried counting on your fingers to figure out how many teaspoons are in five cups, this app will save you a lot of time. (Cost: free for Android, $3.99 for iPhone)

3. Epicurious (Android, iPhone)

This is the app for experienced, talented chefs who want to expand and refine their craft. It doesn’t hold your hand through the basics like How to Cook Everything does, but the quality of the content is unmatched, with over 30,000 recipes from renowned chefs and cookbooks. The Epicurious recipe library is professionally curated, unlike some other apps, so you won’t find any garbage here. You can add your own recipes, and collect meals that worked particularly well in a Recipe Box that you can sync between your devices so you can swap recipes, or have your favorites on hand while cooking over with a friend. There are hundreds of cooking and recipe apps, but Epicurious is the clear winner in terms of content. Like How to Cook Everything, the app also comes with a shopping applet, so you always have the right stuff on hand for an adventurous new meal. (Cost: free)

4. Healthy Recipes (Android, iPhone)

Healthy Recipes trades in the sumptuous visuals of the above kitchen apps for stark numbers—but it’s a reliable source for good, wholesome food. With five different filters, you can find a meal that has exactly what you need—for instance, a Mexican dessert for a birthday, under 100 calories per serving? If such a thing exists, you will find it on this app. It’s a fantastic way to help you stick to a diet, because you’ll never have a hard time finding something yummy to eat that exactly fits your dietary needs. (Cost: free)

5. 20 Minute Meals with Jamie Oliver (Android, iPhone)

This app fills a niche untouched by all the previous apps—the rush job. If you need to prepare something impressive for unexpected guests, or just don’t know if you have the willpower to wait 45 minutes for something healthy to eat, this app may save your butt (so to speak). With 60 recipes, all written by professional chef Jamie Oliver, you’ll never get bored of the same old thing. The app also features over 75 minutes of instructional video, so you can learn how to properly brown a steak, dice vegetables, etc. (Cost: $6.99)

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A Refreshing Treat

I have a small Starbucks problem but I want to be a little healthier and a little frugaler. So I decided to start making my own blended drinks. I love the Rocket/single serving blender that I invested in. Considering that 1 blended drink ranges from $4-$5, it hasn’t taken long to make my money back.

I put in crushed ice, coffee (that was cold & leftover in the frig), left over creamer, a shot of chocolate sauce and blended. Then I topped it with low fat chocolate whipped cream. Delish! A cheap and easy way to replace my Starbucks frap!

Make It Hot!


So the big tackle for us was actually done by NerdDad! He assembled this awesome bbq! The other one still worked but the igniter was working so you had to light it by hand. I managed to singe quite a few hairs lighting it;). The other awesome thing is that we have a ton more space. We were able to actually grill our corn and burgers at the same time. I am so excited!

A Home Made Double Boiler

You don’t need to buy a fancy double boiler for recipes like the Chocolate Pecan Pie. I find that they are never big enough, they are pricey and then you have another piece to store.

All you need to do is bring a pot of water to simmer. Place inside a glass or metal bowl that doesn’t touch the water. Then put your mixture in the bowl and melt or cook, what ever is needed!

Cooking With Kids: Tools

Let me preface this post with the fact that I don’t believe in buying “kid sets” of things for the kitchen but;). Knives are something that you want to be very careful in allowing a kid to use. I love using this Pampered Chef Kid Safe knife with my oldest. These really are safe knives and can cut most basic things that you would allow your kids to help with. Now from it isn’t that expensive from Pampered Chef (like $3 but then add shipping and handling) but there may be a cheaper alternative. I think this knife looks a pumpkin carving knife. So you might want to be on the look out when you are visiting the bargain stores!

Phenomenal Cookware Deal at Amazon!!!

I was checking out the Amazon Friday Sale (as I have a habit of doing) and saw this great deal. This is normally over $500 and it qualifies for free shipping. I paid more for a similar set from Pampered Chef with a hostess discount and everything.

If you read the reviews you will see that it is a real quality set and I love everything from Kitchen Aid.