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(article, Culinate staff)

What’s shakin’: We love our gin and tonics, sure. But maybe you're looking to shake up a different cocktail this summer. Turn to the New York Times interactive cocktail generator for inspiration for your next barbecue. Start with a modifier (like Campari) and build a classic cocktail from there, or hit “randomize” for a recipe on a whim.

A GPS for good food: Find good food on the go with inBloom, an iPhone app that points you to the nearest sustainable and healthy food options, including gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian cuisines. This, of course, leads us to the inevitable punchline: If you’re looking for wild-caught salmon from a restaurant that only sources its ingredients from farmers within 150 miles — yes, there's an app for that.

Hands-free cooking (sort of): You're cooking. Your hands are eggy or garlicky or raw-chickeny. And your iPad has gone to sleep. If you don't have a waterproof cover for your gadget, try the hand-motion app from Gilt Taste. The app uses the device’s camera to detect hand motions when it’s time to scroll to the next step of a Gilt Taste recipe, so your icky fingers never have to touch the screen. (Don't want the app or the cover? Wrap your tablet in plastic wrap and use a baby carrot as a stylus. It works. Really.)

Short and sweet: Food52 recently ran a recipe contest on Twitter, calling for six-word recipes (yes, the idea was inspired by the Six-Word Memoirs project) tweeted with the hashtag #6wordrecipes. Of the many that poured in, our favorite came from @gingerroot808: “Glass. Bourbon. Pour. Neat. Ah, Friday.”