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June 19th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Wondering What To Make For Dinner? Get A Little Help From Dinner Spinner

Hey mom, what’s for dinner? I don’t know about you but way too often I just dread hearing those words. Not only when I have no idea what to make, but also when I answer and the response is less than enthusiastic.

We all know that the daily dinner grind is exhausting. How many times can you make the old favorites before you just get bored with them? And while putting out a gourmet meal can be extremely soul satisfying, there’s no way it can be a regular occurrence. Most of the time we just want quick, nutritious and delicious. Is that so much to ask?

I recently heard about an app called Dinner Spinner that can really help make the dreaded dinner planning and execution easier. Created by our friends at allrecipes.com, it’s an easy way to get some inspiration and lots of ideas for dinners, apps, desserts and more.

To get started, just choose 3 criteria. The type of dish (main, side, salad, soup, etc.), the main ingredient (fish, chicken, pasta, etc), and the amount of time you want it ready in (20 min or less, 45 minutes or less, over an hour or slow cooker). Dinner Spinner will provide you with all of the results that meet these criteria from the huge database of allrecipes.com. Each recipe comes with ratings, nutritional information and reviews. So easy. I just love the 20 minutes or less category.

And if you want the app to do the suggesting without your input, just choose the Spin Categories option from the main page and see what comes up. Or just shake your phone.

There are other ways to utilize the Spinner. Let’s say you’re going through the grocery store or your pantry and you find something that you’d like to use in your dish, but just aren’t sure what to make with it. Simply scan the barcode of the item and the app will search for any recipes that use it. I love that.

Dinner Spinner has other options such as search filters that enable you to find recipes with low carbs, vegan, no dairy, or low salt. If you have an allrecipes.com account, you can use the grocery list feature to either type in or scan items to a grocery list. This is really handy.

This app is available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and the Kindle Fire. There is a free version for all and a Pro version for $2.99 for the Android and iPhone that give you some added features like searching for recipes with multiple ingredients, creating multiple shopping lists, and are ad-free.

What a great help this app is. Next time you get the question, you’ve got tools at your disposal that makes the answer easier. Even better, you can use Dinner Spinner to enlist your family to help you decide.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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August 30th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Surviving Irene

As I sit here in my powerless house, nervously  enduring this wicked storm and the havoc she is wreaking, I’m contemplating all of this technology around me. Which devices can I use, what’s not working, and what do I miss the most when there’s no electricity?

I thought I was in good shape since I charged all my devices ahead of time but there’s always a glitch that catches you. I thought I was all set with my ipad and the cable app which would allow me to watch live tv. I had internet via my cell phone. I was ready to roll without missing a beat right?

Well not really. First off the live tv app needed to be updated. There goes some of my battery life as it downloads. Then, it only works when you’re using the cable company’s wifi. Not my cellphone wifi. What??? Grrrr….

Ok so at least I can Facebook, Twitter and email. And that worked for awhile so I could keep in touch with family and friends and keep up with the storm activity in the region. Then the internet got flaky and only worked sporadically. And each time I tried to check my news feeds, I could almost see my battery drain some more.

So finally, I gave up on the high tech and turned on the battery powered radio and listened to AM news. It worked perfectly and I could satisfy my storm-news-withdrawal. And there was something slightly comforting about listening to slightly staticky news reports and the tones and jingles I remember from back in the day.

Kudos to my husband for having a collection of radios, flashlights, lanterns, and for pulling out the camp stove when I needed to boil water for tea. Camping equipment sure does come in handy during a power outage.

The effects of this storm will be with us for some time. But the scariest part is past. Now if they could just restore our power so I can get back to my normal life. I’ve satisfied any dormant nostalgia for low tech solutions. Give me back my internet please.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

 

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