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There are a lot of people out there who can't look at the variety of food items they have on-hand and create a meal out of them. That may be due to their inability to cook, or it may be a lack of creativity, or it might just be that they've never had to make anything that didn't come out of a box. Shoot, there are a ton of people who live solely on takeout. All of that is weird for me, since I do cook, but even I get stuck sometimes.

Luckily, we live in the age of technology. There are umpteen apps and websites available where you can either enter the ingredients you have and it will suggest recipes you can make with them, or where you can create a grocery list if there are items missing from your pantry necessary to make certain things. I think that's neat. I also love that one of the web sites featured in the source article is one I've had bookmarked for a couple of years, for those nights when my brain won't shift out of neutral so I can get food on the table.

Some of the mobile apps are free, some of them cost money. It all depends on how much information you want, and how helpful you want them to be. None of them are very expensive, though, usually no more than $5.00 US, so it's not really that big a deal if you have to pay for one. Besides, what's five bucks compared to presenting your significant other with a gourmet meal when last he or she knew you couldn't be trusted to boil water successfully? There are even apps which will tell you exactly how to make just about any cocktail you can think of, and some which will suggest wine pairings with certain foods.

Mobile apps include: Epicurious, Ratio, AllRecipes.com, Whole Foods, and Cocktail Flow. Web sites include: My Fridge Food (the one I've been using), Supercook, and a somewhat rude yet fun one called What the F*ck Should I Have For Dinner (fair warning...the site itself is nothing remotely resembling censored).

You know what's neat about recipe apps? If you actually pay attention and retain some of the knowledge you use in making dinner, eventually you'll become a cook. Maybe not a gourmet cook, but one who can produce a decent, well-balanced meal that looks attractive. Also, maybe you'll start venturing to buy some ingredients you might not know what to do with currently, but which look interesting. That's how I learned to make a lot of things, and that was before all this nifty new technology was available.

Source: DigitalTrends