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Bryan M. Wolfe
| May 28, 2013
Nicolas' Garden Is A New Recipe App For Kids, By Kids
Like most 7-year-olds, Nicolas Come was a picky eater. To help him identify good foods from bad, his father suggested that he grow his own vegetable garden. From there, Nicolas realized that he could help other kids learn the differences between healthy foods and those that aren't good for them. So was born Nicolas' Garden, a new recipe app for iPhone. Available for free, the app offers recipes that kids can prepare themselves, or with the assistance of an adult. It includes step-by-step instructions, a grocery store checklist, and a "Nicolas Approved" section. The app also includes a recipe for Nicolas' California Sunshine. It is this recipe that Nicolas hopes will be California's entry in Michelle Obama's White House recipe contest. While other recipe apps already call the App Store home, Nicolas' Garden is distinct in that it takes a "by kids, for kids" approach. A future app update will allow kids to create their own recipes, which are then scored by how healthy they are. These scores will change in real-time depending on the healthiness of the new ingredients added to a recipe. For example, adding extra cheese to a pizza recipe will lower its score, just as adding a fresh vegetable would cause the score to rise. Nicolas is also in the process of adding videos that will feature top chefs from Northern California cooking some of his favorite meals. It will be interesting to see how Nicolas' Garden app develops. It is available for download now in the App Store. [gallery]