Sarah and I FINALLY made the switch to iPhones in 2011 and have found them to be an indispensable tool in many areas of our lives. Here are a few of my favorite apps that make cooking and entertaining just a bit easier (or at least more organized.) All can be downloaded at the app store to your iPhone or iPad (some to Android and Blackberry too) and all are free.
1. Grocery iQ
This app makes shopping lists at multiple different stores and allows you to share the list with multiple people. So if your husband/roommate picks up paper towels, they’ll be checked off your list as well.
2. Kitchen Pro
The ultimate kitchen calculator. Need to know how many tablespoons are in a cup or convert ounces to grams? Kitchen Pro app takes all the guess work out of kitchen conversions and measurements.
Epicurious.com aggregates all the delicious recipes printed in popular food magazines like Bon Appetit. The app puts all these recipes in your pocket with helpful features like user ratings and automatic grocery lists made from recipes you flag as favorites! If you need an idea for a low-carb dinner or kid friendly lunches on the go, you are only one touch away from 1,000s of ideas.
4. Chefs Feed
Get restaurant suggestions from your city’s best chefs, as well as their favorite dishes at said restaurants. Turns out my favorite chef, Suzanne Goin, loves the French Toast with marscarpone and prunes at Canele which is right in my hood. Sunday brunch decision, done.
6. Red Stamp
I often long to buy the paper invitations in fancy card shops that say Dinner Party or Cocktails at 6, but I never do because I don’t have a life where I can invite friends over 3 weeks in advance via snail mail. Red Stamp lets you make custom invitations/announcements/thank you notes and send them via text or email to your lucky receiver. Pick from 100s of chic graphic designs, then customize the color scheme and the text. No stamps, hunting for addresses or awkward emails with too many exclamation marks!
Any I have missed? I’m always hunting for the next favorite.