With Thanksgiving around the corner, tummies are rumbling across the U.S. You’ve waited all year to taste your grandmother’s sweet potato marshmallow casserole, and the time has finally come. But instead of wolfing down the standard green bean casserole and pumpkin pie, why not bring something new to the Thanksgiving table?
Instead of releasing your inner Julia Child, ditch the old school cookbook and enter into the digital cooking age. Let’s be honest: it’s hard enough the read a cook book, let alone prepare the perfect chocolate soufflé.
Here are some go-to apps to help you get through your Thanksgiving feast.
Butterball Cookbook Plus:
Butterball is one of the most recognized turkey brands in the U.S., so why not enlist the expert on all things turkey this Thanksgiving. The Butterball Cookbook Plus app provides users with easy delicious recipes, cooking tips, how-to videos, Butterball promotions and more. Have a picky eater, choose from an array of different recipe categories like “Savor the Holidays,” “Kid-Friendly,” “Outdoor Cooking,” “Healthy Lifestyle,” “Game –Time Pleasers” and “Comfort Foods.” Be prepared with the app’s “shopping list” feature, where you can tag (News - Alert) ingredients directly from a recipe onto your shopping list.
Cooking can be a handful, so use the apps voice commands to navigate through each recipe hands-free. The app also includes a “kitchen tool” feature filled with multiple timers, measurement conversion charts, and substitution lists. Still hungry? Create a list of your favorite Butterball recipes with the “My Recipe Box” feature, or share you favorite recipes with family and friends through Facebook. Compatible with iPhone (News - Alert) and iPad, $4.99.
Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner Pro:
Touted as the number-one recipe site for smartphones, the Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner Pro app will have you cool as a cucumber on Thanksgiving Day. The app boasts over 40,000 yummy recipes, where users can search by nutrition or ingredient. Use the “Grocery Scanner” feature to scan food items to add to your shopping list. Craving cumquats for dinner? The “Grocery Scanner” feature will search for delicious recipes using any item you choose. Have full access to bookmarked recipes in your “Recipe Box” feature or share your favorite recipes with friends on Facebook and Twitter (News - Alert).
Don’t worry about unexpected guests or a full house; the “Kitchen View” feature makes it easy to read and view recipes while cooking, and your shopping list will automatically update the number of servings in a recipe. Compatible with Andriod, iPhone, Windows Phone (News - Alert), and Kindle Fire, free.
Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach:
This app from CBS Interactive makes cooking Thanksgiving dinner child’s-play. Created for the faint-hearted cook or first-time hostess, the Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach gives you the play-by-play from start to finish. Instead of 40,000 recipes to choose from, Chow features nine traditional, but tasty Thanksgiving recipes. The menu consists of roasted turkey, apple and sage stuffing, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sautéed green beans, roasted sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie brandy-apple punch.
The app provides users with step by step cooking instructions, so you can butter the turkey while perfectly mashing the potatoes. Gizmodo even gave it a Gold Medal for Thanksgiving apps. Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, free.
These helpful, easy-to-use cooking apps are sure to get you into the cheerful holiday spirit. Who knows, maybe your family and friends will nominate you to cook Christmas dinner this year. Don’t worry, there’s an app for that too!
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Edited by Braden Becker