iPhone Thanksgiving apps
If iFeast adds unnecessary steps to planning out a Thanksgiving meal, at least it provides some direction. Thanksgiving Party from PTAJ Marketing offers no help at all. The apps lists a series of ideas for organizing a holiday get-together--planning a formal Thanksgiving party, a Thanksgiving party for kids, shopping for supplies, and so on. However, the app doesn't organize these different topics into groups; instead, you get a list of topic headers, most of which are cut off by the iPhone's screen. Tap on a topic to get suggestions and advice that are so vague as to be useless. Avoid this app at all costs.
Post Imagineering'sThanksgiving Recipes and 7Zillion's Thanksgiving Dinner both look to inspire you with ideas for what to cook come Turkey Day. They would probably do a better job of inspiration if they included photos with the recipes. As it stands, both apps feature bare-bones lists of recipes. Tap on one to get ingredients and preparation instructions.
The real downside to both Thanksgiving Recipes and Thanksgiving Dinner is that the recipes are more or less stuck on your iPhone. I don't know about you, but I'm not exactly eager to reach for my iPhone's touchscreen if I need to know when I should put the havarti on the potato and cheese gratin after my hands have been handling foodstuffs. I was able to use the copy-and-paste functionality in the iPhone 3.0 software to copy recipes from both apps, paste them into Notes and e-mail them to me for later printing, but it seems like these kinds of apps should have that sort of functionality built-in.
Thanksgiving Recipes offers 15 recipes featuring turkey and side dishes; Thanksgiving Dinner features just eight. Another mark in Thanksgiving Recipes' favor: it gives you some ideas for what to do with the leftover turkey. But really, neither app offers anything you can't get from a food Website or from the online archive of your local newspaper's food section for free.
So would-be chefs looking for some iPhone-delivered inspiration are out of luck, then? Not at all--Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes from Feather & Moor is a well-assembled collection of 60 or so recipes that can serve you well at Christmas, Thanksgiving, Boxing Day, or any occasion when people arrive at your house expecting you to serve them dinner.
Each recipe in the Feather & Moor app includes a big picture of the dish along with a brief description so that you know what you'll be cooking. Tap the Instructions button for a list of ingredients and steps for preparing the dish. A heart icon adds the dish to your favorites, while a shopping cart icon will create a shopping list of the ingredients you'll need to make the recipe.
You can add your own recipes, too, and while the process of tapping out the instructions for intricate entrees on the iPhone's keyboard can be a bit of pain, Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes offers a bit of a reward. If you enter in ingredients and separate each one by a comma, you're able to tap the shopping cart icon to generate a shopping list made up of the ingredients you've selected. It's a pretty slick feature.
You can search through recipes by flipping from picture to picture or searching by category. Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes includes a number of turkey recipes, including meals aimed at smaller holiday gatherings where a 14-pound bird would be overkill as well as suggestions on what to do with the leftovers. (Turkey chowder, anyone?) The app has a few (though not many) vegetarian suggestions as well, should your dinner guests include anyone not keen on roast beast.