Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cook'n Recipe Organizer - review and giveaway

I received a complimentary copy as a participant in the Tryazon Cook'n Recipe Exchange Party back in October. I had previously had an older version. All opinions expressed are my own or that of my family.

I love to cook and to bake. I love to find and try new recipes. One of my biggest challenges was always organization. I have a recipe box that is partially populated with cards. I have a recipe accordion file that is full of some recipes that I got from my family at one of my wedding showers, plus some others that I have added. I have two write your own cookbooks - one that maxed out on space (you could add refills and I did until the rings could hold no more) and a second one that is not quite full but is set up to hold a combination of papers you write directly on and some pockets to hold recipe cards. I also have a folder that contains hundreds of recipes that I have clipped from newspapers, magazines and even printed from the internet over the years that I had wanted to try. Once I tried them, I would either transfer them to a recipe card or a cookbook or throw them out if we didn't like them. (This was all before Pinterest of course, now I just Pin them and try them later. My organization there is a whole other issue.)

Having my recipes was great, but with so many places, it could be hard to locate the recipe that I was looking for, although I became an expert on location of some of the most used recipes. In addition, sharing with friends and family required either typing it up to share or writing it out on a note card. Then, a few years ago, I discovered the wonder that is Cook'n Recipe Organizer.
There are a number of features that I love about Cook'n. The first is that I can easily enter my own recipes. Not only can I type them up, if I am able to find a recipe online, I can use the features in Cook'n to capture recipes from the internet. In my experience, most of them over clean but sometimes you have to do a little bit of cleanup to align the ingredient name. One of the improvements that was made in the most recent version is that you can capture from almost any site now...it used to be limited to a handful of sites. I often will do a quick search to see if I can find a similar recipe, as a means of expediting the load of the recipe. There is also functionality that let's you scan or capture a photo of a recipe and import it to your cookbook. You can customize your chapters, to organize in a way that makes sense to you and change them as you go. I started with just a dessert category, but have since split it out to put cookies into their own chapter. I love the flexibility.

The program is able to calculate the nutrition per serving and uses values from the preferred or designated brand for the ingredients. Can't find your favorite? You can add you own ingredients and brands, allowing you to base your calculations on the ingredients and brands that you use. This is a nice feature in my opinion. For my favorites, I have entered the details from the nutrition label on the package and made that brand my preferred brand for the ingredient.

Once you have a recipe saved, it is also easy to scale your recipe. There is functionality to help you with menu planning and will even generate a grocery list. Plan your menu by dragging and dropping the recipes onto the weekly plan. Then, click on the grocery list and it will generate based on the recipes. Clean up the list to remove on hand ingredients and you are ready to go.
With the newest version, you can now Sync your recipes to your mobile devices. I really like this functionality, because now, I can take the iPad to the kitchen and easily access my recipes where I am, without having to print or walk back and forth to my computer while I am baking and cooking. It is also nice because with it on my phone, I can quickly reference a recipe...whether I am at the store and found a great deal and want to update my meal plan or I am talking to a friend and want to share it with them. Speaking of sharing, quick share buttons that allow you to e-mail, post to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+ are available on your recipes. You can also use the embed in website button to get an HTML version complete with formatting for the theme. You can share links to your recipe as well.

There are several available cookbooks that you can buy and download into the software. This is a great way to find new recipes and increase your database. Just the other week, there was an offer from Rhodes bread in the Sunday coupon flyer to download their cookbook to Cook'n. Most of the other cookbooks are available for a nominal cost.

The newest version also features a Live Recipe feed, that provides a picture and link to several recently used recipes. It includes the most captured recipe from the last 24 hours and last 7 days, giving you the perfect opportunity to find some popular recipes. You can even customize the feed to easily follow your favorite sites and see the recently added recipes.
The search functionality in the software allows you to search a particular cookbook or chapter, all of Cook'n or even the internet. Search by key words to find ingredients you have on hand, focus on recipe names only and even search based on ratings. It really has worked well for me when looking for recipes.

I really can't say enough good things about the software. I simply love it.

I think it makes a great gift for family or friends that love to cook. This weekend, Cook'n is offering a great special on the software. You can get it for only $20, the regular retail price is $80...that is 75% off! Here is the link to this amazing offer. After this weekend, you can still save on your purchase, go to http://www.dvo.com/ to place your order and simply use the following code at checkout to save 50%: mb-busymom.

You can learn more about Tryazon by visiting them on Facebook or following them on Twitter or Pinterest.

Giveaway!

In addition, I have the opportunity through my participation the Tryazon party to giveaway one complimentary copy to one A Busy Mom of Two reader.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Giveaway will remain open through December 10th. Winners will be selected through Rafflecopter. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected.

I received a complimentary copy as a participant in the Tryazon Cook'n Recipe Exchange Party back in October. I had previously had an older version. All opinions expressed are my own or that of my family. The discount code and the giveaway copy are compliments of Cook'n.

32 comments:

Audra said...

I would totally keep this for myself!

sunnie said...

I would keep it for myself
sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

DaysFan said...

I'd probably keep this for myself too...though my sister would probably think this is pretty neat.

jlfrasier said...

My mother!

Tina Woo said...

I would keep it for myself. Out of 8 kids I'm the one who does the most cookinig!

Nancy Loring said...

I need to keep this for myself. My current recipes are scattered and some have food stains on them.

Maureen said...

I would be very happy to use this myself to help get my family life more organized!

cyndi br said...

It would be a gift for me

Nichole Bentley said...

I would definitely be keeping this for myself! Thank you very much!

Kathy Anderson said...

I's keep it for myself!

Amy Conyers said...

I would love this for myself! I love to cook and bake!!

Stephanie Shipley said...

I would keep it for myself. This would be an amazing tool to help me organize recipes from all over and help me make meal plans and grocery lists.

Rachelle Anderson said...

This is actually on my Christmas list already. It would be great to win!

Rebecca W. said...

I would keep this for myself!

Patricia Mingozzi said...

I would keep it.

Mary Bertsch said...

I would give this to my daughter. She would love it!

Jenndiggy said...

I would give it to my fiance. He's the cook! I'm glad because you don't want to taste my cooking!

Dana said...

I would keep this for myself! I would give it to my mother, but she would either a) never use it or b) constantly ask me how it works ;)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Mandy Kauffman said...

I would give this to my husband (so in effect, my self too! haha). We have folders of single sheet recipes, so this would really help us to organize. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Jenalen said...

I need some serious help in recipe organizing. I'd keep it for myself!

blew415 said...

I would keep it for myself.

Angela snoozy said...

I would keep this for myself as I really could use the help getting my recipes organized!

andysavi.mom@gmail.com

Angela snoozy said...

I would keep this for myself as I really could use the help getting my recipes organized!

andysavi.mom@gmail.com

Sandy said...

I already have a cake Cricut and would love to add this one to my collection for crafts!

Anonymous said...

I'd keep it for myself!

Natalie Yeoman said...

i would give this to my mom as a gift

helpful heather said...

My mom or my brothers girlfriend

Heather.ann.loftus@gmail.com

helpful heather said...

My mom or my brothers girlfriend

Madalyn Haire said...

I want to win this for my sister in law's Christmas present.

Nova said...

I would LOVE to have this so all my recipes would be in one place for when my daughters or anyone else asks for one. Plus, it would be great for me to not have to hunt all over and try to remember where I put my favorite recipe. It would also help my husband who has started to do some cooking. Thank you for the generous offer!

Tiffany Ibarra said...

I am not entirely sure who I would give it to. I have a couple people in mind...myself included!

Leela said...

I would love it for myself.