Cookook Reviews

Published on November 30th, 2013 | by Heather Carr


Three Free Cooking Apps

Tablet with Free Cooking Apps

It’s the cooking season and these three free cooking apps are here to help with ideas and instructions for appetizers, main dishes, and desserts – lots of desserts.

Whole Foods Market Recipes – The grocery store giant has recipes at the register, cookbooks, and now an app. Oodles of recipes and an easy search make this app a good one. Occasional updates provide fresh recipes. Try the Mini Potato-Carrot Pancakes with Festive Sour Cream recipe at the end of this post and use up some of those Thanksgiving leftovers.

Better Homes and Gardens Recipes – The monthly magazine Better Homes and Gardens has been in print since 1922 and is still one of the best-selling magazines in the U.S. Their cookbooks with the red plaid cover have been a kitchen staple for decades. This app contains more than 500 complete recipes and has the option of purchasing further blocks of recipes for $0.99 each.

Look & Cook – Gorgeous photos combined with delicious recipes. This cooking app breaks down a recipe into steps and accompanies each step with a set of photos so that no technique is confusing. Although it contains just over fifty recipes, I highly recommend that you check out this app. It’s breathtaking just to read.

Mini Potato-Carrot Pancakes with Festive Sour Cream

adapted from Whole Foods Market Recipes app

½ cup light sour cream
2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
2 green onions, thinly sliced
½ small yellow onion, grated
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
2 cups mashed potato
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

In a small bowl combine sour cream with cranberry sauce. Set aside.

In a large bowl fold together onions, carrots, potatoes, egg, flour, salt, and pepper until well combined.

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, form each pancake by dropping about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture into the skillet. Space pancakes about an inch apart, flatten and cook, flipping once, until deep golden brown and cooked through, 8-10 minutes total. Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil halfway through.

Transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet to drain briefly. Serve with a teaspoon of flavored sour cream on each.

Tablet photo via Shutterstock

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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or .

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