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Dream Cooking Scenario: A Computer in the Kitchen

My skills in the kitchen tend to fluctuate from the very elementary to the occasionally sophisticated (case in point: a beautiful soufflé that shall never be reproduced). What makes the biggest difference for me is having instructions, and not everything I want to make is in the Joy of Cooking.

I get most of my recipe ideas from food blogs like YumSugar, and my best solution for using a recipe I found online was printing it out and getting it covered with ingredients in my messy kitchen, or keeping my laptop somewhere safe and traveling to it for the next step. But when I saw this Kitchn reader's solution, a mounted computer that the reader's husband scored on the cheap, I swooned. And wish I'd thought of it first.

Imagine, having all the recipes you've saved on the Internet in one place — right where you need it.

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Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 8 years
EvilDorkGirl, it sounds like we live in similar households. We've been talking about throwing one together from spare parts but just haven't gotten around to it. I think I remember running across some Linux apps like you mentioned at some point, but again just haven't gotten around to doing anything about it. Someday ... ;P
koreansugar koreansugar 8 years
what a great idea! just what i've always wanted!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Sasseefrass you can totally do that! I know there's some Linux software out there that can help you out, even.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Kitchen computers are nothing new. They've been around in high-end houses for a few years now, and I've wanted one ever since I saw one. The hacker hubby & I have talked about installing one from spare parts we have laying around... maybe we'll actually get around to it some day. In the meantime, I just e-mail the recipe to myself and use my iPhone.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
Love it! I am constantly leaving my open laptop on the couch and walking back and forth to see what's next, or making my boyfriend call them out to me! lol!
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 8 years
I've been wanting somehting like this for years! Touch screen would be perfect. I've got an old cuecat barcode scanner that I'd love to be able to use in the kitchen for grocery list management.
yummymango yummymango 8 years
Great post! Just add some speech capabilities so it will read instructions loudly, then it'll be the perfect kitchen helper!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I am in love with that...
misscococherie misscococherie 8 years
lol i would print the recipe and loose it or get it dirty so anyways i end up throwing it away. I think having a touchscreen mounted in the kitchen would be the perfect solution.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Wow, I don't know why I've never thought of this! I usually take my laptop and set it on the table and one of us usually has 'reading duty'! Man, we could so do this!
wmoonw wmoonw 8 years
I was just talking to my fiance about this yesterday! I would love to have a touchscreen in the kitchen! A regular old desktop would be alright, I would just be worried about the keyboard and mouse getting in my way.
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