Spice of life: No plan for meal? Get it together

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I am sure you have experienced a scenario like this. You stand in front of the refrigerator trying to decide what to make for dinner. You have a meat and maybe a few fresh ingredients, but you just can’t think of what to do with them. This happens to me often.

I can usually piece together a recipe based on what I have on hand, but I also get tons of ideas from magazines such as Cooking Light, what I see here and there online and tweaking tried and true family favorite recipes.

Back to Cooking Light for a minute, if you are going to get any one food magazine, let me suggest that one. I have learned quite a lot from reading it over the years. Every month I go through my new issue and flag what I am going to make from it that week. I pick things that are interesting, that my kids will eat and even sometimes something new I want to try.

If it doesn’t look quite right, I will change the recipe to suit our tastes. I like being able to find it all in one place, especially when it is a lightened up recipe.

Having said this, I have a favorite free cooking app for the smartphone and tablet that I want to share with you if you are into this kind of thing. Epicurious, while not a new site, is a really handy recipe search tool that even one of my local chef friends raves about.

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