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Increase Your Productivity with an All-in-One Kitchen Computer

By Jean Parks

Online cookbooks, recipe sites, instructional cooking videos and streaming cooking shows have all exploded in popularity in recent years. As a result, there are many advantages to having a PC in the kitchen. And now a new generation of All-in-One PCs, with their beautiful space-saving designs, is eliminating the hassle of trying to fit big, bulky PCs into a cramped kitchen spaces.

Let’s explore a few things you can do with your kitchen PC to increase your productivity:

Metric conversion – No more having to run to the computer in the family room. The Online Cooking Converter has you covered! Easily calculate weights and measures for hundreds of commonly used ingredients.

Cooking gets socialKitchen Monki allows you to create printable grocery lists, plan meals, and organize and share recipes with family and Friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Blog it!Say Mmm lets you create smart grocery lists that are printable and/or viewable on your smartphone. Plan meals for the week or the month, or get nutritional info for every recipe! Say Mmm also includes a social component, which allows bloggers to plug in the above tools on their own websites.

Create a smart kitchen/home – Lots of new appliances are “smart” but they can be expensive. Instead, you can turn many of your existing appliances into smart devices! eHow describes how to save energy and time, and make your home safer by controlling appliances from your PC.

Save money – Money-saving online coupon sites are everywhere! However, there are many regional differences in the various stores or offers, so here is Top Ten Reviews’ 2012 comparison of ten popular grocery coupon sites to help you find a site that meets your individual needs.

And more ways to be productive

In addition to the above, an Internet-connected PC in the kitchen will allow you to check your email, Facebook and Twitter accounts as you work. You’ll be able to Skype with family and friends while you stir. You can check the kids’ schedules, and create and print chore lists and errand reminders. The kids can use the kitchen PC to do their homework, using the Internet safely with you nearby. The PC can truly turn your kitchen into the family command center.

An ASUS All-in-One PC, with its stunning wall-mountable screen and powerful Intel processor, can let you do all this and more. Want to know more about how ASUS Computers can enhance your productivity? Chat with ASUS on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for tips, hints and product news.

What PC programs do you use in your kitchen? What are your favorite recipe sites? What blogs help you get great money-saving grocery coupons?

Jean Parks, aka Geekbabe, is a contributing editor for The Online Mom. Follow Jean on Twitter.



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