Another Tuesday night with nothing in the oven. Some raw chicken in the fridge, onions and garlic on the counter, maybe cilantro and a few limes rolling around in the produce drawer. What to do?
An interesting new site called Gojee takes aim at a problem so many people face every night — yet another round of dinner prep and cooking. What can you make that you haven’t made a hundred times before? Gojee’s solution is simple: tell it what you have and it will give you dozens of recipes to consider.
I recently took Gojee out for a test drive and was happy as could be with the results. I entered the few ingredients I had on hand — chicken, onions, garlic — and Gojee provided a hundred recipe options. Each recipe sounded pretty delicious and was accompanied by the kind of giant, full-color food photos that you usually find in high-end cooking magazines. The recipes are collected from food blogs around the web and are vetted by Gojee, which greatly increases the odds of them being good and easy to make.
One of the first recipes Gojee came up with for me was from a food blog I had never heard of and was unlikely to find on my own, called Cafe Johnsonia. The recipe was for Cilantro Citrus Chicken. I didn’t have cilantro in my kitchen but a five minute trip to my corner grocer took care of that. The results (the photo above shows the dish as presented at the blog) were excellent. (The totally delicious recipe is here.)
Gojee offers lots of personalization options. You can tell it what you like and don’t like, what you’re allergic to and what’s on your shopping list. It keeps learning about you and refining its suggestions, offering you more recipes that you just might try on a Tuesday night when you’re looking for a little culinary inspiration.
Photo from Cafe Johnsonia.