Figuring out calories for recipes is actually one of my favorite parts of counting. To my geeky mind, turning a recipe into a math problem only makes it better. I use the recipe function in LoseIt, on my phone, sometimes even as I'm cooking.
Fatty cuts of meat and other tricky ingredients, I just make my best guess based on info I found searching the web, try to err on the side of overestimating, and just go with it. I eventually got to where I was weighing everything, which went much faster. For recipes that make a large number of servings and aren't easily cut up into servings, I dump the whole thing in a large plastic bowl and divide the total weight by whatever seems like a good portion size. Then even leftovers are easy to track.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related