Thanksgiving Gourmet does everything but the cooking

and planning and sending invitations and cleaning up

Spoiler alert! Thanksgiving Gourmet delivers a number of Thanksgiving recipes for the Thanksgiving impaired. The only real advantage of Thanksgiving Gourmet over web sites and books is that everything is in one place on a device you can take with you into the kitchen.
Until you drop it in the gravy and wish you had stuck with magazines. Three stars.


If I thought the crop of new Halloween apps was dismal, Thanksgiving looks no more promising (and Christmas looks positively threadbare so far). To be fair, last year’s crop was even less spectacular, but the idea of reviewing Thanksgiving apps seemed more appealing the first time around.

I’m not sure why the app crop is so dismal, but it could be because Thanksgiving may be little more than an afterthought holiday anyway.

No, really, look it up on Wikipedia. No source of information is more reliable than Wikipedia. In retrospect, however, it seems as though Thanksgiving may really be a holiday designed to ramp up Christmas activities. Sure, we love the thought of visiting our families for a day of food, festivity and rooting for the Cowboys to lose (at least everywhere but Texas).

When the reality sets in, however, we usually end up sitting through hours of traffic or waiting for planes to leave the day before, sitting through the usual family quarrels as soon as the liquor starts flowing, and having to face even more traffic before we’ve had enough time to lick our wounds and forgive everyone like we do at Christmas.

In Texas the bright spot was the Longhorn and Aggie rivalry game, but the Aggies have moved to the SEC where they will be “closer to home.” I don’t really blame the Aggies. The move was really prompted because UT wouldn’t share a penny of the profits from their precious Longhorn network that just about nobody else cares about and even fewer people can actually see.

In the future we will have to sit through the Longhorns vs. Red Raiders on Thanksgiving, a rivalry that only exists in the minds of Tech fans. Seriously. I didn’t even know the rivalry existed until I stumbled across a Facebook post from Lubbock about the big rivalry moving to Thanksgiving. I mentioned it to all my friends in Austin and they just laughed too.

I suppose the folks in Waco talk about the Baylor vs. Longhorn rivalry.

Most families already have their traditions and recipes written in stone, but occasionally the tradition passes to someone new, and after dithering about what to do for Thanksgiving dinner they can at least pick up their iPad, and download Thanksgiving Gourmet for a couple of dollars.

Thanksgiving Gourmet collects several dozen recipes in place to help you lay out the entire feast: salads, sides, turkeys and dessert. I didn’t see any drink recipes, but most family members already know what they’ll be drinking. Many will be drinking before they ring the doorbell.

The meal can be built around a home style turkey, beginner’s turkey (which looks like the home style turkey) and a barbecue turkey. You can also fix the gravy. In addition you can prepare candied pecans, pumpkin seeds and cheese balls.

You can whip your sweet potatoes and yams into fries, casseroles or even salads. Speaking of salads, you can make pear and yam salad, cheddar apple salad, warm squash, and even cranberry spinach salad. Throw in some blue crab deviled eggs, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, turkey nachos and sangria and you can keep your family eating and not thinking about why they’re mad at each other.

This is the recipe for sugar pecans, which is a lot cheaper than buying them at the vendor stall in the mall. I could show you more screen shots but they pretty much look like this one.

At least until they’re standing in line for leftovers and arguing about that dropped pass in the fourth quarter that caused Dallas to lose (or, worse, to win).

The interface is boring but simple. Thanksgiving Gourmet lists the recipes on one side and the recipe window on the other. The color scheme is perfect for fall, with a dark orange background and earth tone higlights.

For two dollars you can save yourself a lot of time browsing for recipes on the web or in musty old cookbooks. You can also flip through each recipe while you’re dicing the ingredients in the kitchen.

So long as you don’t cut your finger and bleed on your iPad, or, worse, drop it into the ham and potato soup. Thanksgiving Gourmet offers no warranty for damage to yourself or your iPad while cooking.

Jenny Manytoes rates Thanksgiving Gourmet

Jenny Manytoes is too busy trying to wrestle the turkey she knocked off the counter from Chutney to take the time and rate this app, but if she took the time she would take a nap next to Thanksgiving Gourmet.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat

  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.
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About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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