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Spinning all the plates

Over the past few years of working full-time, I’ve tried a couple of different recipe services that were supposed to make meals easier by providing grocery lists and recipes. I usually ended up having to veto half of the recipes for using expensive or hard-to-find ingredients (scallops for six) or having limited appeal to kids (salmon and legumes). Some of the recipes were just not very tasty; I remember a spectacular fail of a cheeseburger casserole that was both salty and flavorless. Some of the recipes from a gluten-free service plan ended up telling me to omit ingredients including gluten rather than building a meal around other options like rice or quinoa.

I spent the last year flying by the seat of my pants and making about ten rotating things (and a lot of pasta) for dinner. In December, I threw in the towel and started looking at apps that dealt with meal planning.  I was not interested in a monthly or yearly subscription, so I was willing to pay for an app that would do what I wanted with a minimum of fuss.

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Supercook

Supercook

Recipe search by ingredients you have at home.

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6 simple sheet-pan suppers

6 simple sheet-pan suppers

It goes in your oven. Not on the stove.

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Leite’s Culinaria

Leite’s Culinaria

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Honeyville

Honeyville

Seller of dried foods and staples, with a flat $4.95 shipping charge.

Links For 31 August 2008

[Chuckwagon diner outdoor camping recipes](http://www.chuckwagondiner.com/)
: Basic outdoor cooking methods and recipes.

[Food storage recipes](http://beprepared.com/recipes.asp_Q_ai_E_3_A_c2r_E_ln_A_name_E_Recipes)
: Cooking with basic storage preps, dehydrated ingredients, etc.

Links For 16 June 2008

[Doughnut muffins](http://community.livejournal.com/bakebakebake/1326287.html)
: A best-of-both-worlds recipe. Taste of doughnuts, ease of muffins.

[Luscious lemon slices](http://www.insanitytheory.net/kitchenwench/2008/06/15/luscious-lemon-slices/)
: Recipe from “Mix & Bake” by Belinda Jeffery.

[The cheapest fruits and vegetables month-by-month](http://frugalliving.about.com/od/foodsavings/tp/Cheapest_Produce.htm)
: Month-by-month lists of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

[The best time to buy everything](http://frugalliving.about.com/od/bargainshopping/tp/Best_Time_To_Buy_Everything.htm)
: Lists of when common foods and household items are generally on sale. (In-season foods, closeout household items.)

[Ten dollar meals](http://busycooks.about.com/od/dinnerrecipes/a/tendollarmeals.htm?r=9F)
: A variety of meal plans for under ten dollars.

[PHPXref](http://phpxref.com/)
: A cross-referenced code library of Open Source PHP projects.