Shake and Bake with I-Phone

iphonerecipe.jpgI can’t imagine being separated from my iPhone for even a day. Its intuitive features have become essential to my life.  But, now, with the application “Big Oven” I feel like my favorite room in the house, a kitchen, has been added to my screen. This is the BEST app that iTunes has to offer.  Of course, that is only my opinion.

Big Oven is a FREE app for iPhone users only, don’t ask me why it’s free but it is.

How about a little tour? Big Oven says they have 160,000 recipes and in another place on the site there are 170,000, who knows?  We all know how recipes collect and reproduce. (Unlike Al Gore, you’ll never get to the end!) My favorite feature is a random recipe that comes up and if it doesn’t interest you, you shake your iPhone and another one loads. Heck, I could do that all day and probably for years and never see the same recipe twice. Random recipes like Green Goodess Dressing.  Shake it again and up pops a recipe for Almond-stuffed pork chops and then a quick shake and now a recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies.  How very cool!

It, also, has a glossary with every food definition that you can dream of.  Click on a term or item that interests you and it takes you to dozens maybe even hundreds of recipes.

And then it has another neat and completely helpful feature: pick out up to three ingredients that you want to cook with for a meal and it finds recipes that includes the ingredients of choice.

If you’re unfamiliar with an ingredient, click on it and it gives you all the information that you could ask for. Save your favorite recipes to your queue!  Watch food preparation videos. E-mail recipes to friends.  And, even, post your own recipes to this site.   

As of late fall, Big Oven served 1.6 million user every month, and was still growing rapidly because it works and works very well. My biggest fear when I shake my iPhone looking for a new recipe is that food crumbs will spill out, it is that good....


Brenda Athanus runs a small gourmet food shop in Belgrade Lakes, Maine with her sister Tanya called the Green Spot.

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