If you search for a recipe using Google, chances are good it will bring up a result from Allrecipes.com. The cooking Web site hosts more than 40,000 user-submitted recipes for appetizers, desserts, poultry, brunch and everything else you could possibly hope to eat. User ratings help separate the mediocre recipes from the melt-in-your-mouth favorites. The free Allrecipes app for iPhone gives you access to that library of content, but with a twist.
The Allrecipes Dinner Spinner helps you pick a recipe by presenting three simple categories: dish type, ingredients and "ready in" time. Instead of browsing through long lists of recipes, you pick something in each category and set it spinning. Then you get the top-rated results! The "ready in" category can help you choose between a beef dish that takes 30 minutes to prep (like a hamburger) and a beef dish that takes eight hours (pot roast).
Feeling even more daring? Shaking the phone prompts the app to make a completely random search. If you're looking for something specific or are already a diehard Allrecipes.com user, search and favorites are always available from the menu. A pro version of the app costs $2.99 and removes ads, includes more search options and a shopping list option that automatically adds ingredients based upon the recipes you choose.