Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Good Apps For Cooking

September 20th, 2012 / / categories: Cooking /

Technology has changed the way we do most everything and cooking is included in that. Many times we look toward our gadgets rather than old fashioned cook books or magazine reviews of food related topics these days.

It turns out there are some very good apps for cooking.

Food Network In The Kitchen is a great app because it appeals to all levels of cooks. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced cook there is something here that you can use. You can save your favorite recipes on this app to come back to when you have time to make them.

Jamie Oliver 20 Minute Meals is another awesome app. This app is great for people who are short on time but long on a craving for home cooked meals. As you work your way through each recipe little videos from Jamie will pop up to offer you instruction on how to complete the recipe.

Epicurious is an app that gives you vast array of recipes at your fingertips. This app includes more than 28,000 recipes to choose from. All the recipes included have been tested professionally and proven to pass the taste test. This app also allows you to save recipes to your wish list for you to come back to when you are ready to try them out.

Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner is a neat little app that gives you thousands of recipes to choose from. There are vegetarian and gluten free options for those that have special dietary considerations. You can even specify how long you want to spend cooking and see what recipes are an option. Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner app even gives you other people’s thoughts on the recipes and how they rate them.

The information that can be available to you through an app is amazing and the special apps offered in the cooking category are no different.

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How to Make Money as a Cook

September 14th, 2012 / / categories: Cooking /

People who follow their passions in life are generally rewarded with a great deal of happiness. For many people, cooking is one of those passions. However, most people don’t know how to turn this passion into something more than a pastime. There’s actually quite a few different ways this can become something bigger for those who are serious about it.

One way a cook can capitalize on their talents is of course seeking a position where they do this for a restaurant. Owners are constantly looking for new help in their kitchen, especially for those that are already talented in this type of environment. While the starting wages for a cook will vary tremendously depending on the establishment, even the lowest paying gigs could just be that foot in the door to greater opportunities.

Not all cooks are diversified enough with their dishes to tackle the position of a lead cook in a restaurant environment. That’s okay too. There’s plenty of opportunities out there for specialists as well. Take a cake decorator for example. These professionals have fine tuned their craft in a specific niche of cooking, or rather baking. It’s not a terribly difficult business to get started with either. Many cake decorators have gotten started in this field as a side job by handing out their business cards to future bride and grooms, and others for birthday assignments. It will require a great deal of creativity, but it’s also easier to focus on this dish opposed to managing several of them.

Another way new cooks are getting their name out there is through a catering service. Catering will always be in hot demand. Again, this is another one of those simple start up ideas to make money as a cook. There’s also a much bigger market here to cater to than just a decorator would have available to them. Birthday parties and weddings are still huge events to cook for, but there’s a lot more. Schools, church events, and local businesses are also great avenues to get this profession cooking. Companies are constantly ordering a catering service to pander to new customers, and even show their appreciation for the employees of their business. This is a great launching pad for an up and coming cook to get some recognition within their community.

Cooking is a soothing activity that a lot of people actually enjoy. However, for those looking to take things further with their skills in the kitchen, there’s plenty of opportunities out there to showcase their talent. Keeping a few of these ideas in mind will get them started in the right direction.