Saturday, April 11, 2015

Someone's in the Kitchen with an iPad

The iPad is quickly becoming one of my favorite kitchen companions.  No more running to the office and printing off the recipe...or trying to read a recipe off my phone...or digging through the vast library of splattered and worn cookbooks for the recipe I need. I love having the recipe open right next to my work space in the kitchen.  Many of my own tried and true favorites from ages past are posted right here on Mennonite Girls Can Cook.  Then there are all my new favorites...published by my blogging friends over the years .  They are so easy to follow on the iPad...


...propped up on my counter with a great gadget called a Belkin Chef Stand and Stylus.  It  supports my iPad at a decent angle without any fear of it toppling over and has an anti-slip bottom to make it stay put.


And then there is the wand...which lets me move around on the screen while I'm cooking without ever touching the iPad with my messy hands. What's not to like?  I am thankful to a friend who recommended this stand to me...and now I'm passing along the tip. I found one on-line at a reasonable price...and it showed up at my door in a few days time.


And here's one more tip. Did you know that there is a free Betty Crocker Cookbook App available?  I have always been a fan of her original 'Big Red' cookbook...along with the 75 million others who purchased it over the years.  And now I am enjoying her revised digital cookbook (released in fall of 2014) on my Ppad...with its 15,000 recipes. 

And those are my iPad tips for today...from my kitchen to yours!  Feel free to share yours.



13 comments:

  1. thanks so much for mentioning this today. I had no idea the Betty Crocker cook book was available as an app - just got it on my phone and hinted to hubby that the ipad and holder/stylus would make a wonderful mothers day gift :)

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  2. Love this! I find myself using my laptop in the kitchen as well. I have a lot of my favourite recipes on a USB now instead of the splattered paper and recipe cards. Not quite sure how to put that on my iPad hmmmm ....."the times, they are a changing"!!!

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  3. I like this idea Judy. I often use my laptop at the counter just 2 steps away from my baking area as I don't want to spatter it. I don't use the iPad as hubby has it for his music but this stand is pretty neat. Maybe he even has one.

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  4. Thanks for the useful info. Sorry to say I didn't know what an iPad looked like, as I've never investigated. I like to write comments on a recipe when I make it. Can you do that on an iPad?

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    1. You have a good point there...about writing comments on the recipe. That is not quite so easily done. :)

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    2. I use the Paprika app to organize my recipes. I can download recipes easily from the web or type in my own. There is a notes section to add any comments and I can change the recipes to my preferences. I'm not paid by the app people; I just like this one.

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  5. I try new recipes directly from the iPad. If I want to make it again I'll print it off. I still like having that paper with the splatters and comments written on the side. Having said that, I DO have a gazillion recipes on Pinterest­čśÄ

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  6. I've got an 11" laptop that will stand up like an open book, and also I find it to be a useful "recipe holder."

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  7. Yes, yes, and yes. My one pet peeve? Finding out that the blog where I first found the recipe is no more. Just had it happen today with a peach cobbler. Sigh. For that reason, it's still good to print or copy those very favorite recipes. I like your nice holder. Mine is the cover for my iPad bent back and slid under the breadbox. Very low tech!

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  8. That is great! I want one of those for my Kindle. Belkin, eh? Thanks so much for sharing. I have had so much enjoyment reading your blog. You come from quite a different culture from mine (although I do have a couple of families from Lancaster Co., PA, so there might be hope for a Mennonite or an Amish heritage....I'll have to look into that) but our hearts are one in the Savior. Cheers. Come and see us at Prairie Cottage Corner when you have a minute.

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  9. I still like my paper copies and comments. But the comment about the Betty Crocker cookbook strikes home. However, mine isn't red, since I'm a bit older and still go back for many things to my 'original' version which had a white cover with pictures. I pretty much wore out one copy and found another used. But some of the younger generation of the family do use the computer in the kitchen and this is a great tip for those who do. Thanks. Alice

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  10. This is a great tool and makes a perfect gift, too. Just found mine here in Ontario at Home Depot currently on sale for $19.99!!!

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  11. I like your Ipad stand. Mine is made of wood - looks pretty, but can sometimes slip on the counter. Yours sounds ideal. But now that we are on the topic of apps (and I'm not talking about appetizers), I use the "my fitness pal" app. It helps me stay accountable with my exercise and eating. But I can also get the nutritional information of any recipe. To find that out, I can either manually enter the recipe, or just copy and paste the URL address and up comes the info. I have done it numerous times with a recipe from MGCC, because of course, that is my go-to website for recipes!

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