Tag Archives: BBQ

7 Apps for Great Summertime Menus

By Tracey Dowdy

Ah, summer. Cookouts and campfires, marshmallows and mosquitos. I love summer at an irrational level for an adult that spends the majority of those glorious summer days trapped in an office. I’ve just never lost my “school’s out – let vacation begin” mentality, probably because summer foods are among my favorites.

Whether you’re looking for classic recipes like potato salad or want to step up your game and wow your guests with Lamb cutlets with spinach skordalia, there are plenty of apps for your smartphone or tablet that will make summer meals a breeze. How great is that? Because really, who doesn’t love a breeze on a hot summer day?

Big Oven

bigovenHands down one of my favorites, Big Oven is a one-stop shop for recipes, meal planning, and grocery shopping. With a database of over 250,000 recipes, plus the ability to add your own or favorites from another site, the possibilities are virtually endless. Plan your menus and have them sync to your calendar so they’re easily accessible and can be re-used.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: Free but in-app purchases


The Photo Cookbook

photocookbookThe Photo Cookbook is a paid app but it’s great if you’ve ever come to an instruction in a recipe and thought, “Wait, what? What does ‘butterfly the pork chops’ mean?” Beautifully shot, these photos walk you through step by step and are a great resource if you’re stepping outside your comfort zone to try new recipes and techniques.

Platform: iOS
Cost: $3.99


Weber’s On the Grill

webersWeber’s means grilling. Weber’s On the Grill app not only offers over 300 grilling recipes but step by step instructions and live demos to help everyone from beginners to more advanced grill masters learn new techniques.


Platform:
iOS, Android
Cost: $4.99


Allthecooks Recipes!

allthecooksThe Allthecooks Recipes! app allows you to exchange recipes with family or friends. Once you’ve tried a recipe, you can post photos and other users can comment. You can ask users to submit ideas for substitutions, food or wine pairings, and post photos of their versions of favorite recipes as well. Recipes are sorted into categories and you can customize and create your own profile.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: Free


Perfect Produce

perfectproduceThe Perfect Produce app from SparkPeople isn’t so much a cooking app as it is a great way to make the most of the abundance of beautiful produce available this time of year. Information on selecting, washing, storing and preparing fruits and vegetables makes it easier to make healthier eating choices for you and your family.


Platform:
iOS, Android
Cost: $1.99


Paprika Recipe Manager

paprikaThe beauty of Paprika Recipe Manager is that it doesn’t even have recipes. Instead, launch the app and it opens a Google search with Paprika’s recipe-related options. From there, search for a recipe or a favorite chef or food blogger’s site, select a recipe, hit Save, and Paprika scans the relevant information and creates a virtual “recipe card” in the app. Once saved, recipes can be edited, annotated and added to your calendar so you’ll know the last time you dazzled the family with a particular dish.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: $4.99


Green Kitchen

greenkitchenGreen Kitchen is a vegetarian’s dream come true. Beautifully illustrated, Green Kitchen is a collection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free recipes. Even if you aren’t strictly vegetarian, it’s another great option for making the most of your produce and making the vegetables the star of the show instead of just a side dish.


Platform:
iOS, Android
Cost: $4.99


Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Toronto, ON. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances and researches on subjects from family and education to pop culture and trends in technology.

Apps for Celebrating Independence Day

By Robyn Wright

Independence Day is coming up and that means lots of fun, fireworks and food, and all the other great things we love about summer. Everyone’s Independence Day is a little different, so here is an assortment of apps for your smartphones and tablets. You can create your own firework displays, get some great recipes for the BBQ, and even have first aid instructions at the ready just in case! Happy 4th of July!

Fireworks Deluxe Full

fireworks-deluxeWon’t get a chance to see the real thing? Fireworks Deluxe gives you a gorgeous display of fireworks right on your smartphone or tablet. I love the silhouette feature in the foreground!

Platform: Android
Cost: 99¢


Fireworks Arcade

fireworks-arcadeFireworks Arcade lets you watch a fireworks display, create your own, or play one of several games that use fireworks – all in one app!

Platform: Windows Phone
Cost: free


Phantom Fireworks

phantom-fireworksThe Phantom Fireworks app lets you find the nearest Phantom Fireworks store, get offers, and even see demos of the different fireworks that are available.

Platform: Android, iOS
Cost: free


Fourth of July

fourth-of-julyFourth of July is a simple coloring app with the perfect designs, so your little ones can celebrating Independence Day too!

Platform: Android
Cost: free


American Red Cross First Aid

american-red-crossUnfortunately, accidents do happen, so be prepared! The American Red Cross First Aid  app includes a guide on how to give first aid to those that need it – just in case.

Platform: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire (English), Android, iOS (Spanish)
Cost: free


Foodie Recipes

foodie-recipesFoodie Recipes includes a great collection of barbecue recipes to cook up this holiday weekend and all summer long.

Platform: iOS
Cost: free


UV Index Alert

uv-index-alertWith UV Index Alert, you input your zip code and find out what the UV Index is for your area. Now you know how many layers of protection to apply when you plan on being outdoors!

Platform: Windows Phone
Cost: free

Robyn Wright is a social media specialist and blogs on her own blog, RobynsOnlineWorld.com, as well as several other sites. Robyn has a love for family, technology, food and lots of apps!