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Posted by: Melissa_J, Thursday, May 24, 2007, 7:48pm
Anybody recommend any really cool meal planning software?

I'd love to find something that I can put my own recipes in, my own target portions and nutritional needs, and then make meal plans and print out shopping lists.  Kind of like ediets does, but more personalized.  Anybody found or heard of anything like this?  I've tried MasterCook Deluxe, a past version, but found it difficult to enter in recipes and it had no way to put in portion suggestions, etc.  

I doubt I can find all that...but hey, whatever cooking software comes the closest to it would be great.  If I were to have all my wish list, it would even change recommendations by season, and what is in season at the time.   I guess that's what brains are for ;)  If it could read my mind when I start to get sick of a particular food, and rotate it, that would be cool too :D
Posted by: TypeOSecretor, Thursday, May 24, 2007, 9:32pm; Reply: 1
Melissa -
I don't have a software to recommend, but try searching amazon.com with "cooking software" or "meal planning software."  Also, maybe do similar searches on google.  I saw a little more expensive software on Amazon for Betty Crocker ($59).  It is made by DVO. (Check out dvo.com.)

I had Master Cook several years ago, but it wasn't specific enough for my needs and too cumbersome.  I had another cooking software, but I'd really have to hunt to even find it, let alone remember what it did.

I finally began designing recipe and information databases with Access 2000 in my Microsoft Office Suite.  They are just very simple and basic but it's the only way I can keep track of my recipes.  For example, I have a "Type O Database folder."  Within that file I have hundreds of mini-databases as I need them - such as beef, kamut, pasta, or whatever.   I have also kept my old recipe databases.

I realize you want something more technical than this, but you may want to check it out.
Posted by: Melissa_J, Thursday, May 24, 2007, 10:59pm; Reply: 2
Oooh, I've worked a little with access, but only enough to be afraid of it ;)  It's bound to work better than my chicken scratches in Excel though!
Posted by: TypeOSecretor, Sunday, May 27, 2007, 8:35pm; Reply: 3
You got me curious.  Here are two software packages which are compatible with Vista which indicates they may be up-to-date
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1)  http://www.ffts.com.  This is shareware, so can be downloaded for free (can purchase it later if you like).  On their "Info" link, there is another link for "Screenshots" which might give you an idea of its capabilities and how it operates.  It is quite complex but may have some features you are looking for

2)  http://www.mountain-software.com/homecook.htm.  They offer a free 15-day trial.

One of these offered a defragmentation possibility, which I thought was kind of neat.

If you ever want to set up a simple Access recipe database, just to see what it does, just private message me, and I can break down the steps to set it up.  It's not that bad.  You could do that with just a few recipes until you see the possibilities.  Just let it sit there awhile.

Actually, Microsoft has an Access Recipe template which an Office 2000 user can download for free (I suppose future versions could also use it--not sure).  I have not used it because it has  many mini-databases all funneled together on a "switchboard."  I have not yet figured out the inter-relationships, so I don't use it yet.
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