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Old 10-31-2009, 03:20 PM   #11
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Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. I'm glad that others think this is a good idea too :)

GrillingFool, that is kind of my intent. It will be random dinner suggestions with links to recipes that are already out there somewhere on the internet. The only real "work" is gathering a list of recipes that are out there, then building the framework of the program. With the recipe suggestions above, it's already starting to fall into place.

Thanks for the recipes and if anyone else wants to jump in with more please feel free :)

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Old 10-31-2009, 04:05 PM   #12
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actually, the concept is a tall order - similar to cookbook / recipe software - sounds sooooooo simple, but isn't.

not everyone is a foodie with anchovies to zebra jerky in the pantry.
selection criteria: poor / medium / well stocked larder - even spices can be a sticky point for specific regional / ethnic dishes.

not everyone is familar with the plethora of recipe terms and has all 'the gear'
selection criteria: experience & knowledge of cooking; available hardware.

not everyone even wants to create a 35 ingredient dish; larder aside
selection criteria: simple / medium / complex recipe

preparation time varies widely
selection criteria: quick / medium / all day prep time
and how does that work for weekends when one might have more time to cook?
of course, some folk have to work weekends and may have Monday off.... something to configure, no?
same for simple to complex dishes - sometimes you might want, sometimes not.

food budget - not everyone will be happy to see live lobster show up on the list
selection criteria: cost
"but on payday we treat ourselves to steak." configure paydays.....

food allergies / sensitivities... biggie there
high/low/medium fat (and others) dietary restrictions... another biggie

the kiddie-factor - one can encounter resistance to 'dishes' - sight unseen . . .

the left-over factor: project then randomly generate good use for projected leftovers . . .
if one does a meatloaf for Monday, don't need anything for Thursday - example.
configure: family size; relate to: recipe size

the cookie monster: keep track of what was selected, do not randomly suggest prime rib every week.
[sigh] it happens!
plus carry over left-overs from last planning session, as may be interrupted in time . . . i.e. session one on Monday but session 2 on Wednesday for a 're-plan'

perhaps the biggest issue is going to be 'classifying' the recipes (don't forget copyright issues..)
in addition to
kiddie factors
one can find very simpe to very complex recipes for "the same dish" - it might be a simple matter for the program to suggest lasagna - if the program is going to present a recipe, there's thousands - starting with "open a can of . . ." to
"milk the nearest goat and make a good cheese . . ."

of course, the user might then try Recipe Nbr 1835687 and intensely dislike it - so there's 'user input tracking' for future exclude/include.

sounds like fun.

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Old 10-31-2009, 04:19 PM   #13
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Wow! Thanks Dillbert, for that in depth post. To create a program like you have suggested would indeed be a tall order. I'm thinking simpler, and easy and quick for the user to use. If you get "prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes and glazed carrots" but aren't a fan of carrots, I'm going to make it so you can random just the carrots again and get another suggestion. It won't be without flaws or faults - ie. suggesting the same main or side(s) two night in a row, but with a click of the mouse the user can random that selection again. My main goal is to simply suggest ideas for people who can't think of an idea for dinner(and provide links to corresponding recipes). After the beta version is done, I will probably look into incorporating upgrades that will take into account some of the things you mention above though. So, thanks for the suggestions :)
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:55 PM   #14
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looks like very fun. Will give it a try
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:27 PM   #15
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That looks like a great idea. Good luck with it!

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