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best apps for holiday cooking

Best Apps for Holiday Cooking

Planning a holiday dinner for family and friends can be a stressful undertaking. These apps will help you plan your meal from beginning to end, have you cooking like a pro, and let you enjoy your time with your guests.

Kick off Your Holiday Meal With Some Delicious Appetizers

Your family and friends need something to eat while they visit with each other, right? Whet their appetites with some amazing and eye-popping appetizers. These apps will show you the best bites around that will hold off your hungry crowd until dinner is served.

Set up Your Main Course

Here it is - the meat and potatoes of your meal... sometimes quite literally. Let's face it, while the other courses of your holiday meal are important in their own regard, the main course is arguably the most important. If you are looking for some ideas on what to serve your family and friends, look no further. These apps will have you cooking in no time.

Yummly Recipes & Recipe Box

Dish up something awesome with tasty recipe options.

Yummly Recipes & Recipe Box

Check out the recipes

For those who like their recipes, shopping lists, and cooking instructions all in one spot.

Yummly is a handy app for all of your cooking needs. You can save recipes and view them in the My Yums section whenever you are ready to get cooking. Pop the ingredients for any recipe into the shopping list for convenience when you head to the grocery store. You can also share recipes with friends and family, get necessary nutrition information, and receive recipe specific to your tastes automatically.

Why we love it

When looking for that perfect dish, Yummly gives a great array of recipe options. Save tasty Yums, have the ingredients added to your shopping list, and check out what others think of the dishes too with comments and star ratings.

Food Network In the Kitchen

A collection of thousands of recipes from your favorite Food Network stars and shows

Food Network In the Kitchen

Cook with your favorite Food Network chefs

For those who want to try to cook recipes that famous Food Network chefs have created.

Food Network In The Kitchen is an app for all fans of The Food Network. With this app, users are able to search recipes by chef or ingredient, and there are new recipes being added to the database all the time, so it's important to check back frequently if you want to try out new things. There are tons of how-to videos, step-by-step photo instructions, the option to save your favorites to your own Recipe Box, and the app can generate grocery lists for recipes you want to try cooking right now. And if you have improvements that can be made to a recipe, the app lets you add notes and edit recipes to reflect your own changes to improve it or fit your dietary needs. Any aspiring chef will need to have this app in the kitchen.

Why we love it

Food Network In The Kitchen makes it easy to browse recipes by ingredients or your favorite chef, and there are a ton of recipes with more being added every day. It's a cook's dream come true with this app.

NYT Cooking - Recipes from The New York Times

Browse, search and save more than 17,000 recipes from The New York Times

NYT Cooking - Recipes from The New York Times

NYT Cooking - Recipes from The New York Times

For those who who want an ever expanding supply of new recipes to try

Browse, search and save more than 17,000 recipes from The New York Times, featuring beautiful photography, and easy-to-follow instructions. Search by diet, cuisine type, preparation method, meal type and more. You can build your own personal recipe box by saving your favorite recipes from the app, ones you found on other websites, or even add in your personal recipes. The app allows you to take notes right on the recipe, and either keep them to yourself for the next time you make it, or you can share it with others who use the app. Share your favorite recipes with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and email.

Why we love it

This is a very feature rich cooking app with new recipes added each week. The ability to make notes on the recipes is a huge plus in my book, and the social integration is great to share my new favorites with my family and friends.

Plan a Dessert

Who doesn't like dessert? If you're looking for something sweet after your meal, then these apps will help you 'wow' your dinner guests with some tast. On a diet? No problem! We also have some great low-calorie options for you. You know what they say, there's always room for dessert.

Make a Wine Selection

For many of us, the thought of finding the right wine for our meal can be a daunting undertaking. I'm no wine expert by any means, but I do have some friends that take their wine seriously, and I'm a bit fearful of choosing the wrong one. Thankfully there's an app for that. These are the two best apps I've found to make pairing a great wine with my meal easy.

Wine4.Me – Wine and Food Pairing, Recommendation

Wine4.Me helps you find a great wine for your favorite dish or special occasion

Wine4.Me – Wine and Food Pairing, Recommendation

Wine4.Me – Wine and Food Pairing, Recommendation

For those who want to learn more about wine and wine pairing

You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy wine. Wine4.Me helps you explore wine with confidence by offering you personalized wine rankings based on your own unique taste profile. All the wines in Wine4.Me’s extensive database are objectively analyzed one by a team of wine evaluators, who can pinpoint wine characteristics with a 90% repeat rate, which is pretty stellar. This data is intricately indexed by patent-pending technology and passed through the company’s proprietary algorithm that compares the profile of each wine to your taste profile to offer personalized wine rankings. Worried about finding a great wine? Wine4.Me’s wine selections are widely available at many stores and wine outlets across the country.

Why we love it

Learning about wine can sometimes be an intimidating adventure. Wine4.Me does a great job of educating non-wine experts, and gives them the knowledge they need to feel free to explore.

Pocket Wine Pairing

Food and wine pairing has never been so clear, accessible and easy to understand.

Pocket Wine Pairing

Pocket Wine Pairing

For those who are looking for a great wine to pair with a specific meal

This app takes the mystery out of pairing and gives you all the guidance, information and examples you need to make successful pairings every time. It has a detailed index of all sorts of meal types, so you can find the best match for the meal you're preparing. Although Pocket Wine Pairing has most everything one would want to pair a wine with their meal, there is an optional upgrade that will allow you to receive access to all the content in the Pocket Wine app, which unlocks the complex world of wine and gives you an insight that has taken others years to achieve.

Why we love it

The Pocket Wine app is one of the best all-around wine apps available. This app concentrates on specifically the wine pairing section. It is comprehensive, and easy to use.

Make a List and Check It Twice

Once you've found the recipes you need to make your holiday meal one to remember, it's time to shop for groceries. I oftentimes find it a hassle to walk around the grocery store with my list in one hand and a pen in the other. Thankfully, these apps make grocery trips a little better. Try them out and see which one works for you.

eMeals - Healthy Meal Plans

eMeals - Healthy Meal Plans

eMeals, Inc.

Try the number one meal planning service in America! eMeals offers an easy, affordable solution to getting healthy dinners on your table.
 
Endorsed by financial guru Dave Ramsey, eMeals easily fits into your busy lifestyle by providing simple-to-follow recipes and 1-click shopping lists. Subscribers can personally shop their list or optionally have the groceries delivered through Instacart.

Start getting dinner on the table with the eMeals app, which provides:
 
• Endless meal variety with over 15 different food styles including Paleo, Clean Eating, Quick and Healthy, Low Carb, Kid-Friendly, Low Calorie, Budget-Friendly, and more
• Weekly meal plans that feature 7 new dinner recipes tailored to your food style and family size
• Simplified shopping with an organized grocery list that you can shop or have delivered by Instacart
• Ability to personalize your plan by marking your favorites, accessing past plans and freely switching between food styles

Download eMeals today and take the stress out of planning, shopping and cooking delicious, homemade meals.
 
Here are details on our subscription offers:

3-month recurring subscription: $29.99 ($10 a month)
12-month recurring subscription: $59.99 ($5 a month)

• Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of your purchase.
• Subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period.
• Your iTunes account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours of the end of the current period.
• You can manage your subscriptions and turn off auto-renew from your iTunes Account Settings.
• A current subscription cannot be cancelled while it is active.  If you turn off auto-renew you will be able to access your current subscription until the end of the current period.
 
Privacy Policy: http://emeals.com/about/privacy-policy.php
Terms: http://emeals.com/about/terms.php

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Bring! Shopping List

Bring! Shopping List

Bring! Labs AG

Your beautiful and simple grocery list. Try it out now - it's free!

Bring! helps already over 2 million people around the world to plan and manage their grocery shopping. Thanks to the user-friendly shopping list and clever sharing functions, all people in the household are always aware of what needs to be bought. This way, you save a lot of time and money while shopping. Try it out now - it's completely free!

Bring! won «Best of Apple Watch 2015» and was featured many times by Apple. In addition, Bring! is recommended by Gizmodo, MacWorld, TechCrunch and many more.

The most important features of Bring! are:
- Create and share your shopping lists with your family, colleagues or friends
- Templates for all shopping lists you need - for your home, office, club or for holidays with friends
- Bring! is optimized for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch and is available for other mobile platforms
- Add product photos to the items on the shopping list, so you always buy the right brand
- Send clever, ready-made messages to inform your contacts that you are going shopping or have changed the list
- The Bring! catalog includes several hundred articles. If something is missing, you can add articles yourself.

The Bring! Shopping list can be downloaded and used free of charge. If you have feedback for us, please send an email to [email protected]

Simply clever shopping with Bring!

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Shopper AdsFree - Grocery List and Shopping List

Shopper AdsFree - Grocery List and Shopping List

The Shopper Network LLC

A super easy to use shopping list for weekly and other shopping. One of the first apps in the store, now downloaded by millions.

What makes Shopper great in a nutshell? Saving you time and money while you shop is all we do.

And you will never out-grow Shopper. Shopper has the most extensive set of free features available. And become a Gold user for options available in no other app. See our website for a detailed list of everything you can do.

For example, our rock solid, super fast cloud syncing of grocery lists and other shopping lists among your household and friends lets you divide and conquer at Costco and Kroger.

Check out the pictures and video below or just download it free now and give it a try. We guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Purchase Shopper Gold Membership InApp Purchase from Settings/Purchases for $8.99/year or $0.99/month. Gold Membership automatically renews (after one-year or one month, depending on the purchase) but can be disabled up to 24 hours prior to renewal.

Check out the Privacy Policy and Terms of use by following the Privacy Policy link ("http://www.myshopperapp.com/legal-1/") or by visiting Developer website ("http://www.myshopperapp.com/") and selecting Support/Legal.

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Shopping Share - Grocery shopping list

Shopping Share - Grocery shopping list

Beets BLU

ShoppingShare is an intuitive and easy-to-use shopping list management app.
Keep your lists personal or share them with your family.

▶ Now your shopping list stays with you everywhere you go.
▶ Create your shopping list at the home or in the office, and take it with you on the go.

▶ Our Family sharing feature syncs all your records and shopping lists between family members.
▶ Built from the ground up, ShoppingShare’s cloud storage is fast, reliable and in realtime.

Features:

• Create Multiple Shopping Lists for your favorite store, supermarket and groceries
• General List for regular purchases
• Easy to use and navigate. Adding and removing items is a simple.
• No need to re-enter items: Mark already purchased items as incompleted
• Convenient completed items filter
• Fast switching between categories
• 'Have coupon' mark to keep coupons and promotion coupons
• Pre-defined and custom categories to easily organize your list by aisle and store department
• Use your device camera, photo library or Internet search* to assign images

Sharing features:

• Real-time lists sharing between family members
• Privacy control: Choose which lists or items are invisible to others *
• Share custom categories
• 'Item purchased' notification when an item is purchased
• List level changes notifications *
• 'Check the list' message saves time on having to call family members

* Premium subscription feature:

Additionally to basic features we provide optional Premium Subscription which extends available cloud-based services.
Price of this subscription is 0.99 USD per month (For countries other than US may vary because of currency exchange rate and local taxes).
Premium subscription is auto-renewable each month, but you can cancel it any time.
To avoid subscription auto-renew you need to cancel it at least for 24 hours before next renewal date. You can check next renewal date in the app, or on your subscriptions page of your App Store account. Money for already activated period can not be refunded.
For full list of extended capabilities, please check Premium Subscription screen inside the app.

We are unable to respond to user reviews, please direct your suggestions and support requests to: [email protected] We respond to all messages.

Privacy policy: http://on.fb.me/1Ged0KD
Terms of use: http://on.fb.me/1jC6UsZ

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Get the Help You Need

Have you ever been in the middle of cooking a new recipe and found yourself scratching your head trying to remember how many teaspoons in a tablespoon, or trying to remember how to convert grams to ounces? I know I have. These apps will help you solve all of these meal prep problems and more. You can thank me later.