Big Oven

The Big Oven.  It’s not a giant place to cook your turkey.  It’s an app.  Turns out, it’s a great app.

I’ve been in a cooking slump for some time.  I bought big oven about 4 years ago.  I believe that was before there was an app.  It began as a social network for food, cooking and cooks.  I put the software on my computer and HATED it!  It was not user friendly, and so I stuck it in a drawer and never looked back.  Until a couple of weeks ago.  See, some part of me thought it might have potential.  So every once in a while I’d check and see if anything had changed.  I don’t know when the new and improved version came out, but they really got a new hairdo–er facelift.

Now there is an online site, no software needed.  Also, there is a corresponding app as well for both iPhone and Android.  I’ve used similar features in, but for some reason, that had become monotonous to me.  I’m not saying it is, just that I seemed to be stuck in a rut.  I needed something completely new, and this was it.

So, a few days ago, I sat down and spent a couple of hours searching through recipes that were new and refreshing.  And I found them.  Then I loaded them into the menu planner they have, and created a shopping list.  I think the shopping list is a little better than the AllRecipes.  On the computer it takes you through each item individually and if you already have it you uncheck the box and it does not appear on your list.

I’ve never seen the boys really interested in a menu, because I have printed them before.  But they sure seemed interested in this one.  They were practically drooling over some of the things I had loaded on there, like Thai recipes, and Butterfinger Cake.  Maybe I’m just picking better recipes, I don’t know.

When I was done, I hit the sync button from my phone once I’d loaded the app, and away I went to the grocery with my list in hand.  The items are categorized by department, such as dairy, vegetables, meats, so it’s fairly organized, although you cannot edit this like some programs.  You can add other items as well, so if you need paper towels, say, you can add it to the list.

Now the boys ask every morning what’s for dinner.  Tonight?  Fish Piccata, Green Bean Almond Rice, and Butterfinger Cake Mentioned above.  What’s cooking in your kitchen?

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29 Responses to Big Oven

  1. elisaruland says:

    Thanks for tip! What time is dinner? 😉

  2. Lynne Ayers says:

    Ohhhh EVerthything has been app-ized. I’m so far behind … I’m at my daughter’s the last couple of days, watching their 54″ flat screen wall mounted TV with so many things flashing across the screen and remotes clicking to get to this show or that … I can’t get all that stuff. Husband isn’t particularly interested in TV and I’d be on my own trying to figure it all out, – I wouldn’t have any hair left and it certainly wouldn’t be a relaxing use of free time. I presently have 1 channel , yup – 1. That’s about my speed. How did your your meal turn out – raves?

  3. Rather, what’s burning, in my case. Nice post. I’ll have to check out the app. What’s the URL address?

    • Sorry for the delay. Found this in spam. Go to big, and the app is the same. Online, or on phone they work the same, and sync with each other. So I made the menus online (because the print is bigger 🙂 and then loaded the app and everything was there.

    • It’s no space. I think the other post I just sent had a space between big and oven.

  4. I think I need that app – especially if it creates shopping lists. Grocery shopping is my downfall!

  5. terry1954 says:

    wow that is exciting and sounds like fun too, your own choices and menus

  6. robincoyle says:

    Quick! Check that app. I need an idea for dinner tonight! Oh, no I don’t. It is leftover night!

  7. You sound like a ‘yummy’ cook….I on the other hand do not experiment much…and in fact for the last number of years my husband does most (not all) of the cooking and he does like to experiment also….

    Your new app sounds complicated but exciting……good for you to be able to use it…Diane

    • Well, I wouldnt be opposed to hubs cooking, except he’s not much of a cook! And the app is not that bad, actually. It’s very user friendly, which is another thing I require. 🙂

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  9. Shopping by ap? I feel like a dinosaur, it’s still a bit of paper and a pen for me.

  10. denizb33 says:

    Neat app! My problem is grocery shopping on a nearly day-to-day basis – I’d like to get into that habit of pre-packing and proportioning food on Sundays, and cooking in batches and freezing, to save time during the week.

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