Wednesday, October 21, 2009

iPod Cases

Still worrying about your iPhone's adventures in the kitchen? How about a case? Here are some fun ones:
No more worrying, now -- get cooking!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The other thing people worry about...

Aside from being concerned that it might be hard to use the Kosher Cookbook, the other thing people worry about is harming their iPhone by setting it on the counter while cooking.

You think of your cookbook spattered with broth and dashed with flour, and you imagine your iPhone ending up the same way.

Don't worry. There's a stand for that. Here are some of our favorite iPhone stands:
  • The iBend is economical, cute, and easy to store.
  • The PED3 is basic and practical, and it keeps your iPhone off the counter, and at the right angle.
  • The Crabble takes a minimalist approach.
  • The XStand is sturdy and will probably look great with your toaster.
  • The MovieWedge does the job inexpensively without a hi-tech look.
  • Excruciatingly detailed instructions for how to make yourself an iPhone or iPod stand with a paperclip.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Kosher Cookbook is Easy to Use

When we talk with people about the Kosher Cookbook for the iPhone and iPod Touch, we find that some of the best cooks have a bit of trepidation.

A caterer friend confided that she plans to download it as soon as her kid comes home for the fall break so he can do it for her and teach her how to use it.

Seriously, you can do it. Try the demo at the Kosher Cookbook website, or just push the button here to see how simple it is.

There's an easy dashboard that lets you sort the recipes the way you want -- find your favorites, find the dishes with mushrooms, or just pick a complete ready-planned menu.

You can schedule the menu, adjust for the number of guests you're expecting, make your own little touches to the recipes. When you're ready, generate your shopping list automatically and you're set.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What's for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving may be off in the distance still, but I'm thinking about what to serve because there's a lot of testing to be done.

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays with an obvious set piece, so it's the desserts and side dishes that offer opportunities for creativity.

Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Pie, wild rice with dried fruit and onions many possibilities. I have to try them all out to perfect the recipes, and then each thing that I try suggests more new ideas.

Fortunately, it's easy to find willing helpers to test the finished products.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Kosher Cookbook in the Taxi

The Kosher Cookbook is very handy to use in your kitchen, where your iPhone or iPod Touch takes up very little counter space. But I think it's used just as much in the taxi.

There's that moment in the day when we look at our coworkers, or call our moms, and say, "So, what's for dinner?" Far too often everyone sighs and grimaces, dismayed by the reminder that we all have to cook.

Cooking for holidays can be so satisfying and fun, whether we're up early doing it all ourselves in a meditative way or gathering in the kitchen with our friends and family, helping each other and getting in each other's way and dishing up favorite family stories with the sauce.

And then comes the next day, an ordinary day, and we still have to cook. The magic is gone. It feels like work just to think of a menu.

Then, in the taxi on the way home, the Kosher Cookbook on the iPhone comes into play. We can mix and match recipes, look up the things we have the ingredients for already, instantly and automatically make a shopping list so we can stop off for what we need on the way.

The thought of Apricot Raspberry Tart, whether for our families or our guests or just for us (take the rest to work tomorrow), makes the thought of cooking much more appealing.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dairy Free Desserts

Even if you don't keep kosher, the Kosher Cookbook for iPhone and iPod touch could be a good choice for your kitchen. The delicious recipes, of course, appeal to everyone.

But if you suffer from lactose intolerance -- or entertain people who do -- you'll love to see the collection of dairy-free desserts in Kosher Cookbook.

It's estimated that 10 million or more Americans suffer from lactose intolerance. As much as 80% of Asian and Native American adults and children, 75% of African Americans, 51% of Hispanics, and 21% of Americans of European descent are unable to digest dairy products. Ice creams, puddings, and many baked desserts are off limits for people who are lactose intolerant.

The Kosher Cookbook has dairy-free desserts made with entirely natural ingredients Here are some of the delectable choices:
  • Florentine Cookies
  • Spiced Pecans
  • Apricot Raspberry Tart
  • Peach Galette
  • Tarte Tatin
  • Almond Crescents
  • Candied Orange Rinds
  • Peanut Brittle

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Cookbook on Your iPhone?

You may love your old family cookbooks, but Kosher Cookbook app for your iPhone or iPod Touch has some serious advantages:
  • You plan your meals from the 300+ recipes -- or use the meal plans already put together by Gloria -- and make your shopping list in seconds.
  • No more 6:00 p.m. panic over what to fix for dinner. You can key in the ingredients you have on hand and get just the recipes that use those ingredients -- or start from scratch and get the list instantly in the market. Now you don't have to call your mom to find out what you need to buy, and you also won't find yourself in the kitchen without all the things you need.
  • Adjust the numbers of guests and make sure you have enough without the headache of calculating ingredients yourself. Great for entertaining.
  • No more trying to remember the recipe when you're cooking at your friends' house -- you have it with you all the time.
  • Carrying your laptop into the kitchen is a pain, and printing out recipes from your computer is even worse. Your phone you always have with you, so it's really the best place to have your recipes.
  • Sort the recipes by meat, dairy, or parve, by season, or by your favorites.
Whether you need to simplify everyday cooking for your family or you want to learn to make special dishes when you entertain, you'll find that the iPhone is a great place for a cookbook.