I just had a flash of what I perceived to be "brilliance" (it might be considered overstating the obvious, from other point of views, heh...)... and it's a little bit off the tangent of the cookbook but here goes anyway...
You know how we enter nutritional info for products into the nutritional tracking? Maybe we purchased a "new to us" kind of non-dairy product or okay, in my example, a certain brand of almond milk that I hadn't tried before, and the nutritional info on the package says "1 serving equals 1 cup." So, okay, I dutifully entered 1 cup = 1 serving. Then I saved it to my Favorites. We okay here, so far?? We've all done this, right?
Well, what I'm finding is that many times a recipe will call for maybe "2 oz. of milk" or "3 Tablespoons of milk" (and I'm mentally substituting my almond milk instead of cow milk because of allergies to commercially processed pasteurized homogenized cow milk)...but when I go find the Almond Milk in the Favorites, it's based on a serving being 1 cup, and then - me being "math-challenged" - I have to do all kinds of black majik and voodoo and weeping and knashing of teeth to attempt to figure out how 3 Tbs relates to "1 cup", doing all the conversions, figuring out again (because I never have it memorized) how many tablespoons is in a cup or how many teaspoons etc, and I can never find a "cheater chart" when I need it, etc.
Soooo what I did was to make ANOTHER entry in my Favorites for the same Almond Milk, same nutritional info but instead of labeling it 1 serving = 1 cup, I just selected 1 serving = 8 oz. That way I have two entries for the almond milk - one in the 1 cup unit (so if a recipe calls for 1/4 cup milk, I can select it and enter it as 0.25 cup serving that I used that day. Or if I poured a 2 oz shotglass full of milk into my cuppa coffee, then I can select the 8 oz = 1 serving food entry and then enter in that I had 2 oz of almond milk with my coffee. Or Tea. Or Hot chocolate. Or whatever!!
I plan to do the same thing again once I find my cheater conversion chart with the appropriate number of Tablespoons in 1 cup/1 serv, and/or Teaspoonfuls in a cup of milk. Off the top of my head, I *think* it's something like 2 Tablespoons = 1/8th of a cup?? (think that's how it goes for a "standard" serving of coffee to put in the filter of a coffee cup machine, the old fashioned kind pre-Kuerig or pre-Tassimo coffeemakers.). So that would be uhhhh lets's see 3 tsp = 1 Tbs = 6 tsp = 2 Tblsp = 1/8 of a cup, and then so 2 Tbs times 8 would be uh 16 Tablespoons per cup of milk or whatever.
And please don't get all technical on me, because I know there is the added factor of liquid measure being different than dry measure. The idea would still work, to make 2 or more entries for the exact same ingredient type food (stuff used in everyday baking or cooking in your favorite list and/or to be shared with other Sparkers looking up info on some new product that wasn't included in the original SparkPeople database (like the flour, milk, other liquids etc.) where one might be using either whole cups or units of cups, or they might be using fractions like teaspoons or tablespoons.
I'm sorry but everyone in the rest of the world outside USA, which admittedly is the MAJORITY of the world population, where they use metric, you all are getting a nice laugh at my expense, because it's easier to convert one unit from another in the decimal/metric system... so laugh on! I don't mind! (laughing is internal jogging, right??). But I couldn't "get it" when I was in elementary school back in the 60's and I'm still not getting it!!
Anyway. Just thought I'd share it here (it's too big to fit in the "secrets of success" area of SparkPeople!!).
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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