05 3 / 2013

Renowned chef Sara Jenkins of NYC’s Porchetta and Porsena respectfully disagrees – and created her app New Italian Pantry to officially put an end to premeditated cooking.
First, she selected her sixteen most-used ingredients – stuff with a long shelf life like olive oil, dried pasta, and Aleppo pepper. Then she packed the interactive cookbook with 75-plus recipes based on those staples.
So stock your shelves then generate recipe suggestions by either telling the app what you already have or going to the grocery store and basing dinner on whatever is fresh. Each recipe comes equipped with videos, photographs, auto-generated shopping lists, and built-in timers for soup-to-nuts hand-holding.

(Via Netted by the Webbys)

13 11 / 2012

Pepperplate Logo

 I met Gretta, one of the founders of Pepperplate,  nearly two years ago through a food blogger friend. She told me about Pepperplate and demonstrated how it works on an iPad. I was amazed at what it can do. Pepperplate takes a different approach. Instead of being pre-populated with recipes, it let you bookmark and save recipes into your Pepperplate account. From there, you create weekly meal plans,  grocery lists also share recipes with friends.

For Thanksgiving, Pepperplate is a hero. As a food blogger, I have been obsessively bookmarking recipes that I want to use for Thanksgiving. Pepperplate has a Chrome browser bookmarklet, so you can easily import recipes when you spot them.  Pepperplate manages your recipes which can be combine into Thanksgiving menus, then share with friends and family before and after the big day. Pepperplate syncs on your devices so it automatically arranges the list to the way you do grocery shopping. Pepperplate also has with multiple cooking timers on its iPad version so you can keep track each dish. 

One of the best things about Pepperplate is that is not only FREE, it is platform agnostic. It is available one the web, iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, NOOK and Windows 8.