Thursday, April 11, 2013

Summer Cooking and Entertaining Tips from "Cooking Planit"

When planning how much food to prepare, consider how many guests you have invited and how many courses or dishes you plan to serve. The more dishes you have, the less you need to make of each. Cutting back on leftover food saves on waste, time and money.

It’s eating season, so guests will arrive hungry! Have a few appetizers prepared and ready to serve. Apps should be easy to make and serve at room temperature. Dips, shrimp cocktail, and veggie platters are simple, but they do the trick.

Ask guests ahead of time if they have any dietary restrictions. You don’t have to accommodate every request with each dish, but provide something substantial for people with restrictions. They will appreciate it, and you will be at ease knowing you accommodated everyone.

Do kids and their parents a favor by having food ready for them when they arrive. This way, parents can feed the kids when necessary and enjoy dinner themselves once adults are served.

For buffet-style dinners, take out serving platters a few days early. Use post-it notes to assign each recipe a serving dish, then arrange the platters on the buffet to make sure it all fits.

Unless you’ve hosted big parties before, everything you plan to do will likely take longer than expected. Build a cushion of time into your schedule, including time to get ready and aim to be ready at least one hour ahead of time to allow for last minute details and early bird guests!

Cooking Planit is the first-ever solution that leverages the power of the Internet and our iPhones/iPads to help home cooks simplify and master the art of producing the perfectly timed meal.

Consider Cooking Planit “turn by turn GPS for cooking” or even Siri’s cousin in the kitchen, guiding users through each step, prompting, for example, when to prep the salad and start the green beans, in context to when the chicken will be ready. Executive Culinary Chef at Cooking Planit, Emily Wilson, actually test ALL recipes in her own kitchen before uploading them to the app, which is different from any other cooking app.

Beyond the actual cooking, Cooking Planit also:
· Automatically builds grocery lists, including ingredient totals, and synchs them across user devices
· Enables easy meal planning according to ingredient preference and dietary needs
· Offers an extensive selection of pre-built complete meals from which to choose, while also empowering users to select the dishes and courses they wish to prepare

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