Tag Archives: online grocery shopping

Bravo for Google Recipe Search

28 Mar

Kudos for Google’s new recipe search option

This new feature can help busy parents scrape up quick dinners or make a full-fledged feast.  The recipe search feature offers an ability to search by cooking ingredients, cook time or calories, which gives home cooks tons of options – whether you’re time pressed, calorie conscious or just combing the pantry because you don’t have time to make a grocery dash before dinner.

Here’s a video that illustrates the tool, or just visit the site and play around like I did.   (I entered a random ingredient list of spinach, red peppers, eggs and pasta and a requirement for 15 minutes, and the tool delivered a soup recipe in less than a second.) Pretty impressive!
 

While you can’t necessarily vouch for the recipe taste, and many require additional ingredients (my soup above also required parmesan and chicken stock) it certainly gives you some great ideas and gets you in the ballpark.  And if you put in more “traditional” combinations of ingredients, (e.g. “chicken” + “rice” ) you get millions of results.  All for free (vs. being a subscriber to a cooking magazine.)  My type of info!

 Bon appetite, y’all!

Groceries Gone Digital

27 Mar

A few weeks ago, I tried the Peapod grocery service by Stop & Shop.  While it went well, it was a challenge to schedule the drop off window for a time I could guarantee to be home.  (Weekends are tough, since they’re “errand” time and I hate to be locked at home waiting for groceries for four hours.)  But I did appreciate the convenience of online lists and ordering.

This week while grocery shopping, I found a flyer in one of my Stop & Shop grocery bags that introduce the free Stop & Shop app for iPhone and Android.  The app allows you to view the S&S circular on your mobile phone, access your account and find the nearest store.  It also offers Peapod as a mobile service – which is what I’d most be interested in.  Might be a good way to place my grocery order while I’m waiting at the pediatrician’s office or running errands.

While I have a Blackberry, I’m considering purchasing an iPhone, and this is one app I’d definitely download.  Busy mommies take note!

To Market, To Market… Or not.

3 Mar

As I’ve previously shared, one of the biggest challenges I face as a new parent is the lack of time in a day.  And with the weekends *finally* getting warmer, the last place I want hang with my munchkin on a Saturday morning is the grocery store.  So, as part of my tech-experiment, one of the digital time savers techno(t)parent is exploring this week is the Peapod online grocery shopping/delivery service from Stop & Shop.   

This local, convenient service allows me to make a digital shopping list (grin), save it, pay for everything online, and then schedule my order for delivery directly to my home later in the week – all for a relatively small fee. 

I’m cautiously optimistic about the service.  My mom (who lives in another state) has used it with success before when caring for an elderly relative, and she’s been prodding me to give it a try.  So, this week, I’ll be throwing my grocery cart (and shopping list) to the wind.  And perhaps the hour or so I save will translate into a walk in the park with the peanut – or dare I selfishly say – a quick mani/pedi next weekend?

Stay tuned for my personal account and review of Peapod.  Wish me luck, and feel free to share any positive or negative experiences you’ve had with any similar services…