Entering the 21st Century With a Full Stomach

by Sharp | December 2, 2011

I’m a big fan of cooking, dining out, ordering in… if there’s food involved, it’s safe to assume that I’ll enjoy it. So when I recently got my first iPhone (hello 21st century!), I immediately began looking into the best food apps out there.

Keep reading to find out which apps I think are worth the download, plus a personal bonus recipe ripe for the season.

  • EpicuriousEpicurious: This may not be the newest app, but you’ll get a lot of mileage out of it if you like to cook. This app has nearly any recipe you could want, plus the home screen categories update depending on the time of year. For example, right now the top three categories include: Christmas Cookies, Pies & Tarts, and Hanukkah Dinners. Save your favorites for easy access later and add recipes to a virtual shopping list.
  • Chefs Feed: While I love knowing who the chefs are at various restaurants I visit, I’m also curious about what the chefs themselves like to eat and where. Enter “Chefs Feed”—the app that tells you where the top chefs in your city go to get their grub on and the dishes that leave them crawling back for more. Part foodie trivia, part restaurant guide, this is a fun way to plan and catalog all of your eating adventures!
  • RatioRatio: Approximately 2 times out of 10 does a recipe actually deliver the quantity of food I need, which is why this app is ever so helpful. Culinary ratios are broken down into 7 categories for various types of recipes (doughs, fat-based sauces, custards, etc.)—and with a built-in calculator, you can increase or decrease the ingredients based on how many servings you’d like to prepare. Consider this app your new, brainiac best friend.

To me, there’s nothing better than roasted brussels sprouts, so I thought I would share a personal recipe that has gotten me through many holiday meals. In the mood for something else? Our client, Whole Foods Market, also has a plethora of amazing and seasonal recipes to choose from. Bon appetit!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Serves approx. 6 people

  • 1lb. of Brussels Sprouts
  • 4oz. of Bacon, chopped
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. While the oven is heating up, cut the brussels sprouts in half and lay them on an aluminum foil lined pan, flat side up. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice across each piece and sprinkle with salt.
  2. Once the oven is at 375°F, place the brussels sprouts in for 25 minutes. While they’re roasting, head over to the stove and pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan at medium heat. Pour in the chopped bacon and let cook, stirring occasionally until crisp. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  3. With a slotted spoon, grab the cooked bacon and lay on a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb the oil. At 25 minutes, remove the brussels sprouts from the oven and pour all leftover oil from the bacon over the brussels sprouts so they really absorb the flavor. Set back in oven for 5-10 more minutes, or until the sprouts are nice and golden on top.
  4. Once the brussels sprouts are finished roasting, drizzle a little more lemon and salt over them. Pour them into a bowl and mix with bacon. Enjoy!
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