Fine Cooking is one of my very favorite magazines and I have been perusing old issues for the past couple of days looking for meal time inspiration. (Don't you find it easy to get inspired? How quickly do you get uninspired when reality sets in. Reality sets in for me as soon as I realize I don't have what I need right now to make a dish.) Fine Cooking magazines not only have fantastic recipes, their photos will make your mouth water and your nose will smell the food right off the pages! If only it were as easy as reading the magazine. They do make their recipes easy to access online which is fantastic for people like me who fall in love with a recipe and then lose that particular issue. Issue 46, pages 66-69, Master Tuna Confit Recipe. To die for! Try it and you will see what I mean. Absolutely the most flavorful, perfect-textured tuna you will ever eat. I made it when the issue first came out in September 2001 and have dreamed about it ever since.
Anyway, on to my grocery list problem. Yesterday, during the precious moments of silence while Max was napping, I tried to create an interactive spreadsheet/database where I could input recipes and check a box that would copy the ingredients to a shopping list. That way I could easily see what I need, sort it by type, and make my life a little bit easier. #fail #waste_of_time #frustrating
Although I had searched all day yesterday for a free online program that would do this for me and had no luck, for some reason this mornings search produced a result. Introducing Group Recipes! A free, easy-to-use, site that allows me to search other members recipes and add my own. The best part? The add-to shopping list icon! I love it. All-Recipes has the shopping list icon as well but you can't add your own recipes, only links to a recipe which doesn't bring ingredient lists over. So, trial run. I've entered my first recipe, the Fine Cooking Tuna Confit, and now have the ingredients on my shopping list.
Do you already have a system or program that you love to use for organizing your menu planning and grocery shopping?