It’s cold outside, and what better way to stay warm than firing up the oven for a bit of baking? This is the time of year for festive cakes, pillowy breads and comforting scones. Baking is a great way to slow down and enjoy the holiday season, whether you’ve got the kids in the kitchen helping or you’re just enjoying a bit of solitary quiet time in the early morning hours. Some may find the idea of baking stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. The Photo Cookbook – Baking promises to keep recipes simple and straightforward, with plenty of step-by-step photos to ensure your baked goods come out perfectly.
Does this app have all you need to bake your way through these cold winter days? Keep reading to find out.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but there is still time to start planning if you haven’t already. This week I’ve selected another free app that promises to help you plan your menu, schedule the cooking and cope with kitchen disasters. Thanksgiving Menu Maker from Fine Cooking boasts 75 recipes, plus how-to videos, Turkey tips and wine pairing ideas. They aim to provide the whole package, from planning to shopping to cooking the meal.
Does the app deliver on functionality? Can the classic Fine Cooking put out an app that’s modern and inspiring for home cooks? Keep reading to find out.
The countdown to Turkey Day has begun! Whether it’s your first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the family or you’re an old pro, it doesn’t hurt to have a few tools in your belt. Wouldn’t it be great to have a mobile app that actually planned your preparation schedule and synced with your calendar? Thanksgiving: A Bon Appétit Manual boasts a good selection of inspiring recipes, technique demo videos, clever tips and menu planning functionality to help you execute your menu like a pro.
Is this free app worth checking out? Read on for the full breakdown.
If the Appstore is any indication, Paleo is a hugely popular diet trend right now. I counted 35 iPad apps on the subject, not including magazines. Dedicated to eating as our ancestors did during the Paleolithic era, this eating plan focuses on hunter/gatherer-style foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, free-range meat and poultry, fish and seafood plus seeds, nuts and oils.
Paleo goes by a host of other names, including the caveman, primal and ancestral diets. The goal is the same for all: cut out inflammatory foods created by the agricultural revolution, like dairy, legumes, cereal grains, processed foods and refined sugars. The payoff? Consistent energy levels, a healthier body and reducing the risk of chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The Appstore may have a ton of apps to choose from, but if you’re interested in going Paleo you’re going to need solid advice from experts and delicious recipes to keep you going. Keep reading for the best apps to help you go primal.
I have always wanted to learn how to make sushi at home, but the sleek knife work and carful rolling associated with this Japanese art form is a bit intimidating. It’s great to get my sushi fix at a Japanese restaurant, but I moved out into the country and there is no sushi to be found. I’ve been looking for a sushi app for a while and finally came across Teach Me Sushi. This app isn’t new and the design looks fairly basic, but I was struck by its four star rating and all the rave reviews. The app boasts tutorial videos for making 15 different types of sushi, and detailed step-by-step photo guides for all but the simples sliced sashimi. Did I learn how to make sushi or was the hype a big fish tale? Keep reading to find out.
When I came across Giada De Laurentis’s latest app, Giada: A Digital Weekly, I was intrigued. A weekly magazine for the iPad—how come no one else in the food scene is doing this? It seems like a fantastic idea, because we all want information in smaller and smaller bites these days. I hold onto digital issues of my favorite magazines, waiting until I have the time to sit down and savor all the stories, recipes and tips (this can take an hour or more). The idea of receiving smaller magazine issues more often sounded appealing. I envisioned reading through a brief foodie zine during those moments sitting on a bus, waiting at the doctor’s office or eating my lunch. It would be nice to have a quick look and come away with a couple of good ideas to inspire that night’s supper or my next weekend getaway destination.
Does the innovative Giada: A Digital Weekly offer subscribers enough to stay interested? Keep reading to find out.
The season for parties is here, it’s time to put the extra leaf in the kitchen table and warm up your entertaining skills. As the holidays approach you’ll be hosting dinner parties and open houses, brunches and cocktail soirees. Don’t distress over the thought of planning a party from A to Z, there are plenty of great apps to help you along the way. I’ve selected my favorite, most inspiring and most useful iPad apps for party planning, decor and menus.
From practical utilities for managing guests lists and scheduling kitchen tasks to fanciful apps for coming up with party themes and decor, you’ll find everything you need to make your next bash memorable. As they say, the devil is in the details: fun party invitations build anticipation, thoughtful place settings make guests feel welcome, even your hostess outfit is an opportunity to make a statement.
To learn more about how your iPad can help you be the hostess with the mostess, keeping reading.
Autumn is my favorite time of year, especially in the kitchen. I’m happiest standing over a pot of soup, stirring gently with my favorite wooden spoon. Arriving home to the inviting aroma of a meaty stew simmering in the slow cooker makes the seasonal change to colder, darker days more bearable. Cooking a big pot of chili is reason enough to have friends over for an impromptu party. I’m always looking for new recipes to try and so I was delighted to find Relish Soups, Stews & Chilis Recipe Collection.
Relish Magazine is known for practical, flavorful recipes created with ingredients that are seasonal and accessible to the masses. The magazine’s colorful, mouth-watering food photos are eye-catching and inspiring. How does America’s largest food magazine taste on the iPad? Keep reading to find out.
The month-long series challenging you to cook dinner at home five nights a week is coming to an end. At this point you’re probably feeling pretty confident about getting supper on the table. You’ve learned how to turn inspiration into organization, narrowing down recipes and using favorites lists to plan a week’s worth of meals. Now you know how to scan an app for recipes conducive to weeknight cooking — quick and easy or slow and hands-off. You’ve built a repertoire of dishes and mastered basic cooking techniques. After conquering the recipes from The Photo Cookbook – Simple and Delicious, BBC Good Food Quick Recipes and Jamie Oliver’s Recipes, I think you’re ready for the epic Must-Have Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens.
The challenge with this app is that it’s got a ton of recipes to choose from. Now that you know how to set yourself up for success in the planning stage, you’re ready to manage an app with 1,000 recipes without being overwhelmed. Must-Have Recipes from Better Homes and Gardens is an endless source of inspiration for your weeknight suppers.
Keep reading to find out how this app can help you maintain your routine of cooking dinner at home all year long.