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Lou & Lucy's Leftovers: Foodie apps

*Lou Groccia and Lucy Pickett, the Gazette's self-described food experts, can't stop chewing the fat.*

If you have a smart phone, you probably have dozens, if not more, apps sprinkled on your home page.

Being a neatnik (that’s like a beatnik, with a haircut), I have my apps tucked neatly inside folders.

One of my folders is titled “Food” and I currently have only five apps inside it.

In order of most used:

1. AMShopper: A handy reference tool divided by Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, All Ingredients and Favorites. Everything you need to know for cooking the various Asian cuisines is here. Very handy when shopping for ingredients.

2. Epicurious: A cellphone version of the famous web site. Every recipe you’ll ever need is here. Ability to search all sorts of ways.

3. Whole Foods: Very informative. Ability to search for recipes by naming up to three ingredients.

4. Cooking (KnowledgeBook): Valuable collection of yields and tips, substitutions, terms, measurements and high altitude.

5. KitchenAid — The Cookbook: By the makers of my stand mixer. In-depth collection of recipes for every occasion.

These apps range from free to a few dollars.

With just these five apps with me when I go shopping, I can always answer any question that comes up when I’m buying to cook. That’s nice. Of course by the time I get home, I may have forgotten why I bought something in the first place.

Which puts a whole new meaning on the phrase, “food for thought.”

— Lou

My favorite app is my flashlight app. What’s that got to do with food apps? Well, it saved dinner a couple of times when it was very dark by the grill. Apps are fun at first, but I quickly tire of them. Except for my flashlight. I wish they would come up with a swiss army knife app. The kind with a corkscrew. Now that is something I would use.

– Lucy

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