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I’ve had my eye on The Spoon Magazine for iPad for a while now. Each quarterly issue is released as a standalone app with a seasonal theme. For months I have hesitated before downloading this app. Why? My gut feared it would be all fluff and no substance. No one in the food world seemed to be talking about The Spoon or rating it in iTunes. When I came across the newly released The Spoon | Volume 6: It’s Time For Magic I couldn’t resist downloading. The app features 25 holiday recipes and the iTunes screen prints feature beautiful food photography, but the rest is a mystery.

Is The Spoon the best kept secret of cooking magazines or nothing to write home about? Keep reading to find out.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You’re halfway through the September challenge of cooking supper at home 5 nights a week. You began the routine of preparing meals at home with The Photo Cookbook-Simple and Delicious, a collection of basic recipes with step-by-step photos to guide you. After building a bit of confidence you branched out with more global flavors in BBC Good Food Quick Recipes. Now you’re ready to unleash your creativity and master a few more cooking skills with Jamie Oliver’s Recipes.

This app is for people who love to cook and eat, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned cook. Jamie’s recipes are bold, flavorful and generous. It’s not just about feeding your family; it’s about providing nourishment. Cooking with Jamie is bold, brash and fun. You’ll enjoy mounding a pile of salad leaves in that big wooden serving bowl you never use. Serving grilled meat and veg on that platter collecting dust in the china cabinet will bring your intention and focus to the table. This app helps to cement the new practice of cooking supper at home as something bigger than a routine — a ritual.

Are you ready to take home-cooked suppers to the next level? Keep reading to learn more.

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This month of Foodie Fridays is all about apps that make it easier to gather round the table as a family. I’ve issued a challenge: make a goal to cook supper at home five nights a week. Autumn is the perfect time to start fresh, creating a new routine. The key to success: keep it simple. This isn’t about fancy recipes with long lists of ingredients and complex steps. It’s about getting dinner on the table fast, everyone in the family pitching in and maybe even having fun.

Last Friday, I encouraged you to make a fresh start with The Photo Cookbook – Simple & Delicious. We’re taking baby steps in the right direction, beginning with a collection of basic recipes for busy people who don’t necessarily love to cook but want to avoid ordering takeout. This week I’ve selected BBC Good Food Quick Recipes, which offers more creative dishes featuring global cuisines. Keep reading to find out how this app can help you continue your new routine with quick, easy, flavorful meals.

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Autumn brings about a return to routines. The leisurely days of summer are over. Kids go back to school and life becomes busier as extracurricular activities resume: after school sports and choir practice, school plays and orchestra performances. Kids aren’t the only ones caught up in the go-go-go; parents have PTA meetings to attend, gym sessions to sweat through, book clubs to host and date nights to prioritize. As the calendar fills up and we feel stretched ever thinner, gathering over a home-cooked meal becomes more difficult. We’re too busy to plan and shop, too tired to cook, too rushed to sit down for thirty minutes as a family.

Here on Foodie Friday, the month of September is dedicated to gathering around the table for a home cooked family meal. Each week I’ll be sharing an app that makes cooking at home 5 nights a week simple, easy and fun. Look for tips on sharing the workload (it’s not all on Mom’s shoulders) and getting kids involved. Find clever ideas for prepping ahead so you can get dinner on the table in minutes. Whether you’re a busy professional couple with one child or a stay-at-home parent to four, making time to gather around the table as a family is a challenge. Make a goal this month to start a new routine, with a little help from your iPad.

Keep reading to find out more about my first pick of the series.

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How many productivity apps have you downloaded but don’t really use? Productivity apps are meant to make our lives easier, but it can take a bit of work to put a new planning and organization system in place. Many of us are using our iPads like printed books, failing to take advantage of all the useful features that can make our lives more organized and efficient. I downloaded the Paprika desktop app for Mac months ago, but it wasn’t until I purchased the iPad version that I truly utilized the capabilities of this cloud-based system for recipe collection, meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking in the kitchen.

Are you tired of being disorganized in the kitchen? Does poor meal planning result in eating out more often than you’d like? Have you been using Paprika to collect recipes that you never end up cooking?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading to learn how to use Paprika for iPad to make cooking at home more organized, efficient and enjoyable.

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In a recent review titled Mind Watering: Revolutionizing iPad Cookbooks, I looked at how Kinetic Art is utilizing innovative features to create “a whole new way of cooking” with their Look & Cook app platform. Today I’d like to share with you an interview with Kinetic Art’s co-CEO, Oran Huberman, who tells us more about this Israeli-based startup and how they work with talented chefs and cooks to create iPad cookbooks for the future.
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If you like collecting recipes like Ash Ketchum collected Pokemon, you’ve probably already turned to your iPad as your kitchen companion. It’s a great way to browse and view all of those recipes that only live on the internet while you’re doing the important business of cooking.

Sure, you could just open up a lot of bookmarked tabs or have some text files saved to Dropbox, but there’s surely a better way to organize all of those recipes. I’m taking a look at Pepperplate to see if it can be that better way and whether it has the features to make a great sous-chef. (more…)

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