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What's for dinner, Chef Watson?

IBM and cooking magazine Bon Appetit created a web app that helps you find and created recipes using IBM's cognitive computer called Watson.

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If you want to welcome a computer into your kitchen, you'll have to be an adventurous eater.

Chef Watson is looking to help you cook your next meal. IBM and cooking magazine Bon Appetit created a web app that helps you find and created recipes using IBM's cognitive computer called Watson.

You can start by inputting a single ingredient and it will suggest other ingredients that pair well with it and several options for recipes. You can change out your main ingredients and try something else too.

Here's where it gets interesting, or scary depending on how adventurous you are. The Watson web app will let you switch out ingredients for others. So for example in this recipe for Cod Farfalle if you don't happen to have apricot nectar on hand you could try lemon, lime or orange juice.

You'll need to be flexible with your flavor profiles if you're using this app because it will let you swap out chives for cilantro or coriander seed for salt. Not exactly similar tastes.

It's also not something for beginners. Many of the recipes are labor intensive and use ingredients that only professionals might stock.

Watson was fed 10,000 recipes from the magazine's database. It used food chemistry and human taste preferences to extrapolate what else might work well together. One interesting combination is Dill Cake with Jalapeno Infused Pineapple.

Watson gained notoriety playing on the quiz show Jeopardy and beating human contestants. Watson is a cognitive computer that can analyze massive amounts of data in the cloud. In addition to quiz shows and kitchens, Watson has been used the healthcare and IT fields.

Nick Barber, IDG News Service.