The Cook’n Recipe Organizer solves that problem (and others that you may not have even known you had!) There are so many features that I’m only going to be able to brush the surface here –I highly recommend you take a look at their website for the finer details, and watch the video below that covers the highlights of Version 11.
After you install the software and create your Cook’n Cloud account (so you can sync your data between devices), the first thing you’ll see is the Live Recipe Feed, which pulls recipes from sites all around the internet (Food.com, Food Network, epicurious, etc.) If you see something you like, you just click and drag to add it to a cookbook. You can add in other online recipes (even if they’re not formatted correctly) by typing in the URL and then using the Snip-It tool. You can also log in to your Pinterest account through Cook’n and import recipes that you’ve pinned.
Another neat feature is the ability to import printed recipes – you can scan your recipes, or even snap a picture of them, and add them to your Cook’n cookbooks by highlighting and labeling sections (ingredients, cook time, directions, and so forth).
But more than simply organizing your recipes, Cook’n does a lot more. You can use the search function to find recipes that call for ingredients that you need to use up; you can plan out your menus days, weeks, or even MONTHS in advance (and have Cook’n generate a shopping list for you based on your menu plan – it even organizes your shopping list items by aisle and estimates how much your list is going to cost! You can also click for nutritional information on any recipe – Cook’n has nutritional facts from the labels of over 10,000 food products.
There are so many great and useful features that there IS a bit of a learning curve. I found it pretty easy to import recipes from online and Pinterest, but the Menu Planner was a bit more difficult for me, and I haven’t quite figured out how to get the full benefits of that yet. I like that I can sync the Cook’n Cloud with my phone and access my cookbooks and recipes from anywhere.
I found a pretty interesting sounding recipe for Mocha Cheesecake Swirl Brownies, and gave it a try adding it in. It was actually really simple – the website with the recipe opens in a frame, and I just had to highlight the information on the page that I wanted to capture and click on the appropriate button, and Cook’n did the rest of the work for me.
I also had it calculate the nutritional information for these delightful sounding brownies – you’ll notice that the serving size information is incorrect in my recipe, saying that 1/4 of a pan is a serving size. Although actually, maybe that’s not so far off. 😉
I’m really enjoying this program, and plan to import more of my favorite recipes soon. I can see where it’s going to come in really handy sharing family recipes – if my sister has the Cook’n software but doesn’t have grandma’s chocolate cream cheese pie recipe, I can just email her the .dvo file of the recipe and she can import it in to her own program. I also think that the option to print off themed recipes could make a very unique and thoughtful gift (especially when the printed recipe is attached to a sample of the completed recipe) – or a handy leaving-the-nest gift for a child who’s heading out on his/her own.
Cook’n also has a lot of cookbooks available for purchase that you can add to your library, and a huge recipe archive of Cook’n-ready recipes you can download to your program (although you don’t need the software to see the recipes!)
You can find Cook’n online at their website, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Google+, and on Pinterest.
You can purchase Cook’n as a CD or digital download for $79.95. Or from now through March 7th, you can enter to win a download of Cook’n Recipe Organizer v.11 for yourself – enter here!
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