Some people find cooking a meal just as much fun as dining out. (Some find it even more fun.) Whether you're a blue-ribbon chef or just learning to boil water, you can use the Epicurious app to help you plan out a full menu. The free application gives users access to thousands of recipes found on Epicurious.com.
The app divides recipes into categories like healthy lunches or decadent desserts. Select the category you want, browse the contents and choose your dish. The app will tell you the ingredients and hardware you'll need to prepare the meal. Use the app when strolling down the aisles at your local grocery store to make sure you pick up everything you need. The app even has an interactive shopping list that lets you check off items as you pick them up. Then it's time to head back to the kitchen and get cooking.
You can e-mail recipes to another address if you want to print out instructions or you can use your iPhone to view a step-by-step process. Each recipe has clear instructions on how to go from raw ingredients to a culinary masterpiece. Create a successful meal and you may want to flag the recipe as a favorite -- that'll make it easier to return to if you want to recreate the same dish later.
Epicurious.com updates the application regularly with the latest recipes from the site, so there's little danger of you running out of options any time soon.