Enhance Recipe Resources Using Software

Cooking and Nutrition have been incredibly hot topics over the past couple of years. Other hot topics such as anti aging and fitness exercise are discussed in correlation with cooking and nutrition on a regular basis. At the same time the rise in Cooking Television Shows has been exponential. This craze has resulted in a cooking channel! A channel devoted to a plethora of cooking shows! These television shows often have associated websites where their recipes are cataloged and made available.

Technology has allowed us access to these websites and recipes at a moments notice but in order to organize and keep your favorites on hand it may be necessary to create a file or use a software package. I have researched and will offer a review of a few software products that I recommend. These products will allow you to import, catalog and print your recipes in a variety of convenient formats.

1. MasterCook Deluxe 9.0 by ValuSoft

Product Features

  • Meal-planning software with 8,000+ recipes and 100s of international recipes
  • Thorough search capabilities; expert nutritional analysis
  • Professional tips, cooking for a crowd, and essential cooking techniques
  • Enjoy 400 savory baking recipes with step-by-step instructions
  • Print shopping lists for single recipes or entire menus, or download to PDA

2. Cook’n for Every Holiday by DVO Enterprises

This instructional computer software [http://www.thesoftwarespot.com/default.asp?SID=xSUDBN7CQH9W2UP3PGZYM6&S=500&A=F&SearchText=&CategoryID=1695949&NID=6372614] includes 582 recipes, recipe manager, menu planner, and more!

Product Features:

  • Search thousands of recipes in seconds–just tell it what you have on hand
  • Adjust recipe serving sizes automatically
  • Demonstrate preparation techniques with video clips
  • Display hundreds of full-color food photos
  • Organize your own recipes
  • Print your recipes on decorative 3×5 cards
  • Create weekly menus
  • Make grocery shopping lists
  • Analyze the nutritional value of your recipes

Recipe Manager:

  • Organizing your family recipe collection in the computer is easy with Cook’n. You already know how to put in your recipes, that’s because Cook’n’s recipe window looks just like a recipe card. And, “Quick-Fill” editing does much of the typing for you.
  • Cook’n has simple cookbook-like chapters and categories that make it easy to find your recipes fast.
  • Cook’n’s Recipe Manager makes entertaining a snap. Simply select the number of guests you will be serving and enter it into your favorite recipe. Cook’n calculates the new ingredient amounts for you.

Menu Planner:

  • Build your own weekly and monthly menus
  • Drag and drop meals to make your menus
  • Combine recipes and food items to make complete meals. Then, drag and drop meals to make your own weekly or monthly menus.

Grocery Shopping Assistant

  • Compiles your family’s shopping list automatically
  • Organizes shopping list items by aisle
  • Converts to package sizes (e.g., tablespoon tomato paste to 8 oz. cans)
  • Calculates your grocery cost

Personal Home Nutritionist

  • Analyze the nutritional elements of recipes and menus (even the ones you add!)
  • Choose between brands to satisfy dietary needs
  • Cook’n will analyze the nutritional value of any recipe or menu (even the ones you add!). Easy to read…Cook’n nutrition facts window looks just like the label on a can.
  • Cook’n has nutrition facts from the labels of 10,000 food products. You can choose between different brands to see what the nutritional effect is.
  • Now you can plan menus based on dietary needs and tastes. Prepare one delicious meal for the entire family.
  1. Home Cookin: Recipe Software by Mountain Software

Product Features:

· Easy to Use Interface – Home Cooking uses a simple tabbed interface that is easy to operate while providing all the features you use most. You can create as many chapters as you wish. Home Cookin will keep everything sorted alphabetically so you can quickly browse through your collection, and find your favorites easily.

· Easy Recipe Entry

· Import and Export Capabilities – Thousands of free recipes can be found on web pages, newsgroups, and various mailing lists. You can easily add these to your collection by importing them into Home Cookin. Most standard formats are supported.

· Meal Planning – The meal calendar makes it easy to plan your upcoming meals. Locate your desired recipes, then add them to the calendar. Add personal notes if you plan on eating out, want to indicate a holiday, or to reference recipes in other cookbooks. When you are ready to prepare the meal, you can access the recipe quickly from the meal calendar.

· Grocery Management – The Home Cooking grocery manager will make quick work of preparing your grocery shopping lists. Start a new list, select the items you need, and print. A cost estimate is calculated as you select each item, so you’ll know ahead of time how much you’ll be spending on your groceries. The printed list is compact and sorted by store and location to make your shopping trip as easy as possible.

Websites provide us with recipes at a moments notice but in order to organize and keep them handy and get the most use of them it may be necessary to create a file or use a software package. I have provided a review of a few software products that I found to be of good quality. These products will allow you to import, analyze, catalog and print your recipes in a variety of convenient formats including a grocery list!

Organizing Your Recipes

While many of us enjoy cooking, it isn’t always easy to keep track of our impressive recipe collections. In order to make your recipes easier to find (and not to mention giving your patience a break!), we’re going to talk about a few ways you can get your recipes organized.

Recipe Book

Instead of storing your recipes in the “haphazard shoebox” fashion, how about converting them into a nice recipe book? If most of your recipes are on index or recipe cards, a photo album with plastic sleeves may work particularly well for you as long as the card fits comfortably in the slot. If you have quite a large collection of recipes, try obtaining a large family photo album that allows eight to twelve slots per sleeve (front and back). The order you put the cards in is totally up to you, as your recipe book should reflect your preference. Some people prefer to sort based on main dishes, desserts, breads/pastries, beverages, etc., while others prefer alphabetical order.

If you don’t have your recipes on cards, or if you’re like most people, you might have your recipes on papers and cards of all shapes and sizes. If this is the case, you might want to think about typing them all up and printing them off. After all of your recipes are transferred to this new format, the next step is to get a binder (three ring binders work well) and some tabbed dividers. Label each divider by the category you wish (ie: type of meal, alphabetical order, etc.) and get to work punching holes in your recipe sheets to accommodate the binder’s rings. If you prefer, you can purchase plastic sleeves to keep your sheets spill-proof-which is highly recommended to counter those splatters of sauce, batter, or grease that always tend to smudge our favorite recipes.

Whether you use a photo album or a binder, don’t be afraid to get creative with your recipe book. Get some construction paper and glue or clip clip pictures from magazines. There’s nothing wrong with adding a dash of imagination that might even inspire your cooking!

eRecipe Catalog

The Internet is not only a great place to search through millions of recipes, but it’s also handy for storing the ones you already have. Sites like WeGottaEat and OneTSP are free to sign up and allow you to add your own recipes by simply typing them up. Yes, this can be quite tedious if you have a lot of recipes, but just imagine how easy it will be to find a recipe by simply typing in a keyword and clicking “search.” You can also browse thorough members’ recipes and send recipes to friends and family. Online recipe storage sites are very user friendly, so you don’t have to be particularly computer savvy to utilize this great feature. Also, by storing your recipes online you can easily include pictures that would otherwise mean added bulk to your recipe collection.

Software

Say you like the idea of easily searching for and pulling up your recipes, but you aren’t too keen on relying upon an Internet connection. You might not want to totally rule out the option of a computerized recipe book. There is a wealth of recipe software available for download on the Internet. Many of them are classed as “freeware,” which means that you can download and use the software for free. Some cooking software is available online for purchase, but they do throw in some handy “extras” that are worth the money, such as measurement calculators and converters, meal planning and shopping lists, and nutritional value calculators.

These are just a few ways that you can free up that recipe drawer and simplify the entire task of cooking from a recipe. Best of luck in whichever method you choose to organize your recipes-and happy cooking!

Butter Series of Latte Recipes – Collection Two

Another collection of butter series coffee recipes from the previous week. These recipes are specially created for those who like Butterscotch mixing with coffee. Enjoy your coffee making journey.

Butterscotch Latte
Just pure Butterscotch as topping and mix with Espresso. Something that is simple and easy to make.

Ingredients
Enough for 1 person (tall glass)
1) 4 tablespoons of Butterscotch Topping
2) 1 shot of organic espresso
3) 0.75 cup of low fat steamed milk
4) Some ice cubes

Equipments Needed
Espresso maker and electronic blender

Steps for preparation:
1. Take a blender cup and put all the ingredients into the cup.
2. Blend it for 60 seconds until all evenly mixed.
3. Take a empty tall glass and pour your latte into the glass.
4. You can now enjoy your latte

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Butter Coffee Toffee Latte
Butterscotch with coffee will produce a nice and thick toffee. Hope you like it.

Ingredients
Enough for 1 person (tall glass)
1) 2 tablespoons of coffee syrup as well as Butterscotch topping respectively
2) 1 shot of organic espresso
3) 0.75 cup of low fat steamed milk
4) Whipped cream
5) Some ice cubes

Equipments Needed
Espresso maker and electronic blender

Steps for preparation:
1. Find an empty blender cup and put everything into the cup except whipped cream.
2. If you like your toffee to be cold, mix the ice cubes into it as well.
3. Blend it until all well mixed.
4. Take an empty glass and pour the toffee into the glass.
5. Spread some whipped cream on top of it.
6. You can now serve your toffee.