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I just checked, and it appears that Meal Master is still available, and it seems to be one of the most popular versions of recipe software out there.

The downloadable version sells for under $20, so it's not overly expensive.

Are any of the members here using this software? If so, what do you think of it? Would you reccomend it to others?

Is anyone using any other recipe software? If you are, can it import and/or export in Meal Master format?

I'm considering suggesting that folks who use the software use the export function to post recipes, making it quite easy for others to import them.
This would be totally OPTIONAL, not required, but it might be handy for those folks using recipe software.


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Here's a sample Cookbook Wizard recipe export. As you can see, it's easy to read, and doesn't require any software. However, if you have the Meal Master software, it can import that recipe into your database.

**Exported from Cookbook Wizard Recipe Software**v2.0
Recipe Name: Chicken Spaghetti

Cuisine: Italian
Category: poultry
Preparation: simmer
Temperature: hot
Servings: 6

1 cup chopped onion (about
1 large)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh or
3/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh or
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 bay leaf
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (8-ounce) can tomato paste
1-1/2 cups cut-up cooked chicken or
4 cups hot cooked spaghetti

Heat all ingredients except chicken and spaghetti to boiling in 10-inch skillet; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken. Cover and simmer 30 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf. Serve sauce over spaghetti. 6 servings

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OK, I've figured it out and it works really well. The current version of the software is called "Cookbook Wizard", and it's a nice, if a bit dated, program.

Copying recipes to the forum couldn't be easier! Select the recipe you want, choose "copy to clipboard", click on the forum reply box, right click your mouse and select "paste"

Here's what you'll get:

**Exported from Cookbook Wizard Recipe Software**v2.0
Recipe Name: Italian Rice Salad

Cuisine: Italian
Category: grain
Preparation: simmer
Temperature: cold
Servings: 4

2 tbsp. olive oil
3/4 cup Arborio or long grain rice
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 medium zucchini, julienned
1/3 cup roasted red peppers
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
12 Italian black olives, pitted
1 clove garlic, mashed
2 anchovies, mashed
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
Juice of
1 lemon
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
6 tbsp. olive oil

Saute rice in oil in heavy skillet until rice is opaque. Add water (and salt if desired). Cover and cook over low heat until done (20-25 minutes). Cool.
Toss with a third of dressing. Add vegetables, pine nuts and olives. Include other items if you wish. (Thin sliced hard Italian sausage, for example). Toss with remaining dressing.
To make dressing, blend garlic, anchovies, herbs, lemon juice, vinegar and oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.



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So I'll definitely encourage anyone who has that software to use the export function! It's quick, easy, the presentation looks good, and it can also be imported back into the program by other people using that software. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to