8 Tools for an Appy Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is about family and food, so 8 apps seemed the appropriate number. It’s an usual Thanksgiving this year. No sooner were we getting used to the idea of tofurkey, when along comes Thanksgivukkah. On November, 28, 2013, for the first and only time in any of our lifetimes, the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving – an event that won’t happen for another 70,000 odd years. Before you fire up the oven and the menurkey, we’ve found a few apps to make your life easier and this holiday even more special, because one like this won’t come around again until 79811.


Bandwagon. First thing’s first, and if you’re flying out of town to spend the holiday with family or friends, bandwagon is the way to go – to or from any of the major NYC airports. It’s a taxi share service that will get you home from LaGuardia for under $19.

Turkey Dinner Step-by-Step makes planning and preparing the meal a no-brainer. Get your ingredients, enter the date and time you want the meal ready, the number of guests you’re expecting, and foods you’re cooking, and voila! You’ve got your step-by-step plan, including how-to and full recipes.

Food52 Hotline. Let’s say you’re making Thanksgiving dinner (you did remember to take the gizzards out of the bird, right?) for the family and you do want to make sure that it’s cooked properly.  Or you’re in charge of the pumpkin pie and you have a habit of making the crust too soggy. The FOOD52 Hotline app delivers fast, personalized answers to all of your food and cooking questions from experienced home cooks and well-known food authorities. Inspired by the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, the FOOD52 Hotline is at your service 24/7. Always good to have a little help in the kitchen.

What would we do without Epicurious, a site that has been sharing their knowledge, skills and recipes for years, first online, and then on mobile, with their award-winning app. From brining to baking to helping with all the fixings and trimmings, no one talks turkey like the good folks at Epi.

iShootTurkey. Ok, it’s a time-waster, but it’s Thanksgiving. It’s also something to do as you’re waiting on the Black Friday lines, too.

Thanksgiving jokes.  Yes, there’s an app for that, too. If you already know why the turkey joined the band, well, there are lots more where that came from.

Black Friday Survival App. So you survived Thanksgiving, but how will you survive Black Friday? Here’s your answer and why queue up at 4 am, when this app will bring you the latest news, the biggest sales, and the best deals right to your phone?

TGI Black Friday Get the 2013 Black Friday ad leaks first on your iPhone & iPad. You can make a shopping list, get coupons, price compare + buy Black Friday deals from your phone. #1 rated by AppAdvice, check the app frequently for new ads from your some of your favorite stores.

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