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The way the internet is supposed to work

Kevin Yarr

by Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca

The other day there was nothing in the fridge, no plan for dinner, and a mother-in-law on the way.

I quite commonly give up on cooking come Friday and order something in. This has become such a habit that I often just plan for six meals for the week, figuring even if I don't order in I'll be able to cobble something together.

So I was caught a bit flat-footed when the weekend before I hadn't been thinking about my mother-in-law coming on Friday.

But Twitter came to my rescue. I'd been following the feed to P.E.I.'s Fall Flavours Festival, and they tweeted a new recipe by Michael Smith. Michael's recipes have become remarkably simpler since he became a family man, and this was the essence of simple: grill pineapple slices, chicken, red onion slices (I added red pepper) and toss with lime juice, olive oil and fresh basil.

Popped into the grocery store on the way home, bought chicken, pineapple, red onion (had red pepper). An hour later I had a fine looking and delicious supper.

Isn't this the kind of way the internet is supposed to make our lives easier? Perhaps it could have been a little easier. Text the grocery store from work and have it all delivered. Hmm.

Has the internet ever come to your culinary rescue?

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Sarah

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The internet ALWAYS comes to my rescue... I'm very uncreative and although I enjoy watching cooking shows on TV, I need a list and a pseudo-recipe when I enter the local grocery store.

For example, the Hershey website has great (though perhaps not the healthiest) suggestions for a dessert. Don't forget Betty - the Betty Crocker website allows you to login, save recipes to a virtual recipe box and share experiences and comments. Many a time I've had my laptop in the kitchen while I'm trying something new.

Posted May 8, 2009 07:58 AM

doug burger

the best recipe for chicken wings i've discovered so far was an internet find

Posted May 10, 2009 01:22 PM

Floweryone

BC

The best recipe site I've found on the internet is AllRecipes.com. Not only can you find some great recipes, you can search for recipes based on what you have on hand and exclude what you don't want in a recipe. It will then come up with any recipes that have the specific ingredients you have! It cuts down on those last minute trips to the grocery store and you have less 'melted' vegetables in your 'crisper'. They also have a virtual recipe box so you can save your favourites. I rarely use one of my many cookbooks any more.

Posted May 14, 2009 11:28 AM

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