If you’re a home chef just starting out in the kitchen, there’s one thing that can help you whip up delicious meals and desserts: your smartphone. Phones really can do anything these days. Cooking apps and blogs can assist you in the kitchen by recommending spices, helping you organize your recipes or giving you instructions on certain cooking techniques. Try out these apps and blogs the next time you’re cooking at home:


Search through this app to find thousands of recipes you can try out. You can save certain recipes to come back to when you want to make them at a later date. Saving recipes you’ve already made is another option so you can remember which ones were delicious and which ones weren’t. But the most unique feature on this app is that you can create new and flavorful dishes using the leftovers you have in your fridge. All you have to do is enter the ingredients or leftovers that you have and the app will provide you with a number of recipes that you can make.

AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner

If you can’t decide what to whip up for dinner, pull out this handy dandy cooking app. All you have to do is give it a shake, and a random, delicious recipe will pop up. You can even add in the ingredients you have and it will give you all sorts of ideas of what you can do with those ingredients.

$5 Dinners

When you’re on a budget, you don’t have to settle for fast food and ramen noodles. This blog gives you plenty recipes that are rich in flavor without having to splurge at the grocery store. The mother that started this blog knows how to create elegant meals while still keeping your wallet full.

La Buena Vida

For more cultured cooking, visit this blog for plenty of inspiration. The blogger, Nicole Franzen, shares her travel experiences and the mouthwatering meals that are found in different parts of the world. Try the Tuscan white bean soup with sage and wild mushroom risotto. She provides in-depth directions and commentary, making it simple for beginner chefs.

No Recipes

This blog is unlike many other cooking blogs, because it leaves one thing out: the recipe. Blogger Marc Matsumoto is daring with his cooking. He doesn’t stick to a recipe. Instead, he creates tasty meals straight from the heart. This guy can show you how to master cooking in a completely nontraditional way. Matsumoto believes that cooking should only be based on 10 percent ingredients, 40 percent inspiration and 50 percent technique. No matter what you’re in the mood for, this blogger has completely original and homemade recipes that he created from his experiences, just for you. He cooks American, French, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Mediterranean, Southeast Asian, and vegetarian dishes. You can also search on his blog by cuisine, type of meal, main ingredient and diet.