January 31, 2010
Computers in the Kitchen: Tools of the Trade
Computers are not standard kitchen equipment, but these days I’m sure they are showing up in the kitchen more and more. If you like to tweet or post updates on Facebook, it can be handy to have a computer close by while you’re cooking. I like to use the computer for recipes, though. I have many of my favorite recipes printed and placed in a notebook. I also have lots of cookbooks, but often I want to try a recipe I found on the Internet, or one from my own blog that I haven’t yet printed.
The first step for me was getting a laptop. I was able to purchase one last year by using BJ’s rewards money to cover much of the cost. I really love having my own computer especially for blogging. The small netbooks would also be a great option for viewing online recipes as long as the screen is large enough for you.
Even after getting my laptop I had a problem though. I’m a messy cook. I’m afraid that if I have a laptop on my countertop, it will end up covered with flour, or worse, some type of liquid. One day I happened upon a portable laptop stand at CVS. It was only $12 and well worth the money. While it’s not high quality, it works for me. I can easily wheel it into the kitchen and place it beside me close enough for me to read, but with enough space that it doesn’t catch flying food.
I still love cookbooks, but I also love having my computer in the kitchen. How about you?
Labels: tools of the trade
One thing that I do often is to look up a recipe online and compare it to known recipes in my books. This means that I can also find acceptable substitutes for anything that I lack (especially since I cook gluten free so many things need to be changed in recipes).
I use a program called Gourmet Recipe Manager
helps me with shopping lists and to calculate nutrtional information for my recipes.
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