Originally published on 30 January 2007 as “Monday Methodology: Using My PDA For Grocery Shopping
After reading the title, I’m going to bet that you’re thinking I’m going to talk about using a checklist program to manage my grocery shopping.
What I am going to talk about is a piece of software called PDA Cookbook. I chose this software because it accepts exports from my PC-based Mastercook, and can also generate shopping lists based on dishes I choose.
But that’s not how it has bailed me out in the past week.
The first time it bailed me out, I was struggling to put together a shopping list for my shopper (yes, I will confess here and now that I hire someone to do my grocery shopping!). I wanted to make my great-grandmother’s fudge, but it was a last minute addition to my plans, and I was making the list at lunch without access to my recipe box. In the past, faced with this situation, I have inevitably guessed (wrongly) and ended up with missing ingredients and/or wrong-sized ingredients.
That day, I simply picked up my PDA, looked up the recipe and added the ingredients. Voila!
Now on Sunday I was ready to make the fudge. I was all set to go, had the kitchen ready, the four-year-old primed for a first fudge experience…and I couldn’t find my recipe in my recipe box.
Once again, out came the PDA, looked up the recipe, and we were on our way to some very yummy candy.