Back in 1993, I bought a recipe program. It was made for Windows 3.1 or higher and I love it almost as much as I used to love my Palm contact list and calendar. My husband successfully moved it to each new computer and operating system we acquired (it is now running on a Windows Vista machine). We don’t know if it is capable of making the journey to Windows 7 or 8 and this is a major problem for me.
My colleague, Carolyn Benjamin sent me an article from Thursday’s New York Times called App Smart: For the Thanksgiving Cook, a Recipe Manager to Celebrate by Bob Tedeschi. It reviews a number of recipe apps but the standout for me is Paprika Recipe Manager. The iPad app was $5 and entirely worth it. It is easy to use and their support is amazing. I emailed my first question at 12:55 pm on 11/18 and received a perfect instructional answer to my question at 13:06 p.m. As I began to use the app, I had a few more questions and my contact at Paprika, Christine Meranda answered each question quickly and in easy to understand language. I then decided to spring for the Mac version of the app ($20) so I can also use my keyboard to enter recipes manually. The best part of this is that the files sync between the iPad and the Mac so everything is always up to date on each device.
My husband is happy too–no more moving of the incredibly important recipe program. This was a great Thanksgiving present to myself as I always cook for what is my favorite holiday! Thanks, Carolyn!