Cook'n recipe software. I am working on putting all of my recipes into this application and eliminating the stacks of paper. I have put in quite a few, but it is still a little time consuming (only because I have too many).
It is pretty amazing though how simple it really is to do this. You can add recipes to the existing DVO.com cookbook if you really want to only have one cookbook, but if not, you can create multiple cookbooks. If you collect cookbooks (like me or my mom), you can create a separate book for each one. That way if you refer to your recipes by the cookbook it is in, you can still find that exact recipe in that exact cookbook. One thing that I did not see if you could do, but would be really cool, is if you own a cookbook and have a camera, maybe scan the barcode and import all the recipes in that cookbook. That would be pretty cool...Maybe someone will be able to tell me if that is possible or not.
|Otherwise, with the Cookbook Library selected, you just hit the little plus button on the Cook'n Bookshelf sidebar and put in a new cookbook.|
After you have your cookbook, there are a couple of ways for you to add new chapters. First select your cookbook in the sidebar, and hit the same plus on the Cook'n Bookshelf sidebar. Second, right click on the name of your cookbook, and choose New Chapter. Name the chapters after chapters in your paper cookbooks or give them names that make more sense to you. You can give each chapter a description if you want. You can add all the chapters right away or add them as you need them.
The part that requires the most work is adding a recipe, but that's only because you have to put in more than a name. ;-P You can add recipes in the same way as chapters. Select the chapter you want to put the recipe in and hit the green plus on top of the Cook'n Bookshelf sidebar or right click on the chapter and select "New Recipe." You have a third option as well. At the top of the screen is a button that says "New Recipe." You can click the button at the top at any time without worrying what cookbook or chapter you have selected because when the new recipe opens, you can select the cookbook you want to put the recipe in and the chapter.
There is one more item that I am absolutely thrilled about with this software before I get to the giveaway. It has the option to "Capture" recipes from the web. While you are in the software, you can do a search from their home screen and it will pull up website listings with recipes matching your search (just like a search engine). I am always in the mood for good butter cream icing. LOVE IT! Of course that's why I need the elliptical machine I reviewed last week. ;-P I type in what I want and hit enter. Then I get my list of sites that I have to click on until I find the recipe I want to put in my cookbook.
|After I find a good recipe, I simply hit the nice "Capture" button at the top of the screen. The software does all the work sifting through all the other junk on the page (as you can see in the third image in the series above) to get to the recipe (seen in the image directly above this text)information.|
|You can also join the Cook'n Club for other special values and freebies ($9.95 a month). Want to know what you get for joining the club? Here's a detailed list.
Buy Cook'n Recipe Organizer - You can purchase this software at http://www.dvo.com. You can also purchase cookbooks to add into the software through http://www.dvo.com/cookbooks.php. As a bonus to my readers, I am able to offer you a 50% discount code when you purchase the software. At check out just enter the code mb-identity (I recommend you copy and paste the code so you avoid typos).
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