One of the best parts of the season is all of the festive meals, the savory treats and the tasty cocktails. From gingerbread cookies and winter-inspired drinks to pecan pies and Holiday hams, there's always something to indulge in during this time of year. If you're the one doing most of the baking, mixing and cooking you may have a lot on your plate. However, a few handy smartphone apps can mean the difference between a successful family gathering and a kitchen disaster. With a few of these helpful apps, cooking will be another reason to celebrate this season.
1. Food Network In the Kitchen
Cook with award-winning chefs Giada De Laurentiis, Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, and more. Think of it has having your own personal top-chef right there in the kitchen with you, walking you through each step and ingredient. The Food Network In The Kitchen app, available on both Android and iPhone devices, provides you with easy how-to videos and recipes. Recipe selection is available by chefs or ingredients. You can even store your favorite ones, add notes to recipes and create a personalized shopping list based on what you'll need.
Named the "Best App for Foodies" by PC Magazine, BigOven is your go-to guide for all things cooking. With over 350,000 recipes to choose from there's no way you'll ever need to search through page after page of your old cookbook again. All recipes are sorted by season, diet, course, holiday and more, making it easy to find exactly which one you're looking for. Available for both Android and iPhone devices, this app also comes with a menu planner and grocery list, making your planning as easy as ever. Perhaps the best part of BigOven is the way in which it can help you with all of those leftovers. All you have to do is type in up to three ingredients that you have leftover and it will turn out a list of ideas for what you can make.
With the Yummly app, for both Android and iPhone users, you'll never again have to worry about finding that little scrap of paper with your grandmother's favorite carrot cake recipe scrawled on it. When the rush of the holidays is in full swing, keeping track of all the cookbook pages you've tagged, magazine pages you've cut out and TV shows you've saved will no longer slow you down. This app will become your new best friend when it comes to storing all of your favorite recipes in one place. Unique search options will save you time as well, narrowing results based on cook time, allergies, nutrition and more.
4. NYT Cooking
If you're a fan of incredible food photography, the New York Times Cooking app is for you. Bright, vivid photos of delicious meals will inspire you to get going. Get all of the latest recipes but also search by specific festive collections such as "Easy Cakes" and "A Taste of New Orleans" to find the perfect dessert or dish to complete your seasonal meal. Another bonus of this great app is the setting that doesn't allow the phone screen to go to sleep while you're still busy in the kitchen. As long as the recipe is on the screen, you won't have to worry about dirtying your smart phone device with your chocolate-covered fingers to get the instructions back. Available for iPhone users, this app will be the perfect way to spice things up in the kitchen this season.
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