I need to start screwing my thinking cap on a little tighter. There are amazing ideas out there that are so simple yet so revolutionary, I can't help but wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?"

So you're in the kitchen and you're trying to figure out what to have for dinner, right? You've gone through all your cabinets and the refrigerator and nothing comes to mind.

Well, that's okay, because there's an app that will help you immensely in that department. It's called SuperCook: Recipes by Ingredient.

Again, it's so simple but SO ingenious. All you do is enter every food item (ingredients, too, like sugar and flour and such) into the app and it will give you all the recipes you can make with what you have on hand. This is AMAZING! It's like coming up with the idea of SLICING the bread, all over again.

This morning, I wrote down what we have in the kitchen--eggs, vegetable juice, raspberry jam, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, butter, almond milk, peanut butter, butter beans, pinto beans, frozen corn, brussels sprouts, carrots, bread, cottage cheese, ground beef, sliced turkey, sugar, flour, corn starch, and vanilla extract.

SuperCook came back with a whopping 1,241 recipes. I'm not going to list them all; we'd be here all week. But I'll give you a few highlights.

With that list, I can make jammy French toast, fluffy cottage cheese pancakes, peanut butter pan squares, something fancy-sounding called genoise (Italian sponge cake), Mrs. Fields sugar cookies, and over 1,200 more.

The list isn't as heavy on desserts as that rundown makes it sound; I also have entrees and side dishes. One of the criticisms about the app was from a woman who didn't get any good entree recipes when she used it. But that's not really the app's fault. It will simply give you the recipes you can make with what's on hand.

I love this. I feel like it's going to be invaluable.

Bon appetit.

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