Whether you plan a traditional Thanksgiving meal or draw inspiration for new dishes from a variety of sources, downloading the right apps, knowing the best websites to visit, and having the best tools on hand can make planning and execution of the day’s dinner so much easier. Check out these food apps and websites, non-Pinterest resources for inspirational décor to make your table more festive, and a host of tech savvy cooking gadgets to make cooking just a bit easier — here are eleven must-haves to plan and execute a perfect Thanksgiving dinner.
Bing Food and Drink 1 of 10
Do you like planning your Thanksgiving menu using food porn? Bing Food & Drink features drop dead gorgeous images that make food leap off your screen as you scroll through recipes, select wine and cocktails, and learn from celebrity chefs who provide helpful tips for cooking a perfect Thanksgiving dinner. While there are a lot of other fabulous features of Bing Food and Drink, one of the most helpful is Hands Free Mode that allows you to move through recipe steps on your Windows 8.1 device with a simple wave of your hand. No more messy fingers making your screen sticky!
Get Bing Food and Drink for your PC
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How to Cook Everything 2 of 10
Sometimes it's good to mix up the fancy and new with favorite dishes that are all about tradition and since Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything cookbook has been a staple in our home, I'm also a big fan of the mobile version of one of my favorite cookbooks to meal plan on the go.
Get the How to Cook Everything App for iOS
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Butterball Cookbook Plus with Gluten Free Recipes 3 of 10
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the Butterball Cookbook Plus app. It features hundreds of recipes for main dishes, salads, and sides that feature Butterball turkey or turkey products as the main ingredient. Looking for gluten free recipes, turkey marinades, or more gourmet dishes? In-app purchases available for various themes for $0.99 and up allow you to create a more customized menu.
Price: Butterball Cookbook Plus is free and Gluten Free Recipes is $0.99.
Cocktail Flow 4 of 10
Now that you've planned your food, what about beverages? Drink planning is a pleasure with Cocktail Flow that provides tantalizing cocktails to look at as you search for drinks by color, spirit, or what you happen to have on hand in your liquor cabinet if you're planning at the last minute.
Houzz 5 of 10
Need some inspiration for your holiday table? Houzz can help thanks to themed ideabooks that curate photos of showstopping fall centerpieces, creative accents to set your holiday table apart, Thanksgiving tablescapes, and more. Inspiration isn't far away if you visit Houzz.com and search Thanksgiving.
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OneNote 6 of 10
So many things need to come together for a great meal and regardless if you're planning it on your own or more potluck style, everyone can collaborate thanks to OneNote. OneNote serves as a digital note-taking app that's designed to keep you organized. Rather than having pages torn out of magazines, dog eared pages from cookbooks, and paper copies of favorite recipes handed down from generation to generation, OneNote keeps everything in one place to serve as your go-to location for your running shopping list, guest list, photos of decoration ideas, files, and even audio recordings. OneNote notebooks can be shared with other guests to be sure that someone brings the cranberry sauce and there aren't too many green bean casseroles!
Price: OneNote is a feature that comes free with your Office 365 Home & Student annual subscription ($99.99)
Get Office 365 with OneNote for your Mac, PC, and as a free app download so you can access it from your mobile device.
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Williams-Sonoma Dual Probe Thermometer 7 of 10
How do you cook a perfect turkey? A digital thermometer helps but a dual probe thermometer is even better to monitor the turkey breast and thighs at the same time for meat roasted to perfection. Or use it to keep tabs on the turkey and other roast you have in the oven.
Get it from WilliamsSonoma.com
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BlendTech Designer Series WildSide Blender 8 of 10
Gone are the days of the blenders with buttons! The BlendTech Designer Series WildSide blender not only features a touch screen as part of it's flat sealed interface but it's a powerful workhorse in any kitchen that a makes quick work out of cranberries for a chunky relish, cooked pumpkin for a velvety creamy soup, or pan drippings to make a delectable gravy.
Available from BlendTech.com
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Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools for iPad Sets 9 of 10
Make your iPad multitask in the kitchen as you prep your Thanksgiving meal thanks to the Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools for iPad Sets. The three piece set includes a Bluetooth speaker and speakerphone capability so you can listen to music and take calls easily as your dice onions for your stuffing, stand so you don't have to bend down to read your recipe, and a screen shield to protect your iPad from salmonella turkey fingers.
Get it from Williams Sonoma
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Bosch Dishwasher 10 of 10
Entertaining for a crowd can be fun except for the cleanup nightmare that can follow! The Bosch dishwashers make it easy to tackle dishes after a holiday gathering. Adjustable racks mean that the giant turkey roasting pan, large mashed potato pot, and other serving dishes fit without a problem, and everything is easily controlled by a touch panel display. Guests will also be amazed that your dishwasher is running during the dessert course because it's so quiet.
Price: Prices start at $849
Compare dishwashers on the Bosch website.
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