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Recipe organizer software – Part 3: Living Cookbook 2011

Recipe organizer software – Part 3: Living Cookbook 2011
December 17, 2010
At school

Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous. Yehudi Menuhin (1916 -) This is an update worth buying.  I installed a couple of weeks ago and so far, I love the updates.  The interface is different, more user friendly though I tend to prefer less frills, more basic.  Help/user guide are readily accessible, the tutorials easy to follow (the software is intuitive for the most part).  The recipe edit screen is larger with more options and yes, as I had hoped allows attachments of pdf files!  Not only can you attach multiple files but multiple pictures as well.  I have not explored the techniques tab, it appears you can reference to basic techniques included and perhaps add techniques, photo guides, etc. I do not update software automatically, I do not regret purchasing …Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
December 16, 2010
For the soul

Our time on this earth is sacred, and we should celebrate every moment. Paulo Coelho A belated Thanksgiving post…  Aside from flying to San Francisco, I was treated to a second celebration the weekend before.  My friend and her daughters were in town for a week and we were lucky to have them stay at our house the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Girls rule!  With 5 girls in the house poor DH was outnumbered.  Any occasion is the perfect excuse to make a special meal.  There was not enough time for a full blown Thanksgiving dinner so I improvised.  DD and I had played with potatoes and created a fun version of Potato Anna and decided to repeat it for the occasion.  I baked two turkey breasts with herbed butter spread under the skin (butter mixed with ground fresh thyme, rosemary, sage or any combination of herbs you like and have …Read more

Parsnips and Pancetta Fettuccine!

Parsnips and Pancetta Fettuccine!
October 20, 2010
In the kitchen

Today was another home economics day and DD cooked a wonderful dish from Jaimie Oliver’s website. Ever since we watched Food Revolution, DD has been more involved in the kitchen, understands the concepts of a balance diet and especially eats more vegetables when she cooks them. Today she cooked Parsnips and Pancetta Fettuccine (slight changes from Jamie Oliver’s). She is cooking pretty much on her own now and loves it! She learned to use a mandoline today, she assessed need for oil, temperature, etc. I loved the dish! The parsnips were sweet, the herbs added wonderful flavor and my kitchen smells heavenly. We will look into more vegan recipes for next week’s class. Bon appetit!

Recipe organizer software – Part 2: Living Cookbook 2008

October 1, 2010
Home management

First an update on Mastercook 11:  the Firefox add-on seems to work well, we had a little trouble importing the recipe into Mastercook but with a little time I think it will work.  I have chosen not to spend the time though and moved on to the next test. Today I tested Living Cookbook 2008.  The interface is similar to standard Windows file organization, very plain and user friendly.  The web import is as easy as cut and paste.  My DD was quickly able to add a cookbook, add a recipe and drag and drop to sort her recipes.  She search Jamie Oliver’s site to find a recipe to test this weekend with her brother home.  To import the recipe into Living Cookbook, you select the text, copy and paste into the capture box.  Then highlight each part of the recipe (i.e. tilte, ingredients) at a time and click the …Read more