Daily Distraction: Punchfork
Posted by Katie Ostoich on May 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM
I am, to put it nicely, not a good cook. I am hopeless at knowing when meat is done. I constantly overcook veggies. But the worst part is that I just don’t know what to make. When you’re only cooking dinner for yourself or you and a partner, it’s not like you want to make some big elaborate dish or something like a casserole that will just go to waste. Thankfully, my husband and I can pretty much follow a recipe if we’re given one and the results have a 92% chance of being close to what they’re supposed to be.
But…all the cookbooks we have are kinds lame. Or too fancy for everyday. Which is why I love using blogs and Pinterest to find ideas from normal people who are going through real life and the same issues I am. So how do you put them all in one place to make grocery shopping and cooking easier? I found this great app called Punchfork that uses real-time social data from Facebook and Twitter to rank the most popular recipes around the web, from sites like Smitten Kitchen, Simply Recipes, 101 Cookbooks, good old Martha Stewart, The Pioneer Woman and more.
You can search by trending, most popular, diet preference, or new. And bookmarking your favorites or the ones you want to try creates your own little cookbook!
I love using it for ideas when I’m at the store and the app even provides categorized ingredient lists that make shopping easier. It’s also great when you have a bunch of random leftover ingredients and really don’t want to go to the store – you can just plug in what you have and it will find you something to make with them! Plus, it’s one of the prettier apps I’ve seen, which sounds silly, but it makes me want to use it more!