Thanksgiving: Top Apps for a Tasty Turkey Day

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Calling all cooks! If you're planning to prepare a Thanksgiving feast this year, let your smart phone or iPad lend a hand.

Scores of low-cost or free applications provide tips for cooking the perfect turkey, finding the best recipes, shopping for in-season ingredients and more.

Take a look at a few of our favorites below.

Fine Cooking Holidays

So just how do you make the perfect turkey? What can you cook ahead of time? The Fine Cooking: Cooking for the Holidays app is everything you need for a delicious holiday meal. It offers easy-to-follow recipes, as well as embedded videos that help bring the techniques to life.

And it's not just about the food. Fine Cooking Holidays tells you how to set the perfect table to cookie baking and cake decorating.

Applications for iPhone, iPad Help Amateur, Pro Cooks Get Ready for Thanksgiving

Cost: $1.99; available for the iPad.

This app helps you find the perfect dish for your Thanksgiving or holiday table. Search its database of more than 45,000 member-tested recipes. You can include or exclude specific ingredients or dietary restrictions, or search for a recipe by cooking method such as grilling or steaming.

Recipes are returned in easy-to-read formats, displaying ingredients, nutritional information and reviews.

If you're having lots of people for dinner, you can scale the recipe to get the right number of servings for your meal.

Cost: $4.99; available for the iPad.

Food Network In the Kitchen

Fans of the Food Network's Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri will enjoy cooking with these chefs at their side. Food Network's In the Kitchen app gives you thousands of chef-tested and fan-rated recipes, a shopping list so you know what you need at the store, and a recipe box so you can save the tempting ones for another day.

There's also a unit converter, cooking timer and other helpful tools at your fingertips.

Cost: $1.99; available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Applications Feature Recipes From Top Cooking Magazines

Martha Stewart Makes Cookies

Who else would you turn to for the skinny on Thanksgiving Holiday cookies than Martha? This app offers a mouthwatering assortment of Martha's favorite cookies, complete with instructional videos, baking tips, packaging ideas, kitchen timers, shopping lists, sharing options and an array of search features.

Cost: $7.99; available for the iPad.


Take your pick from more than 28,000 professionally tested recipes from renowned magazines such as Bon Appetit and Gourmet, popular cookbooks, top chefs and leading restaurants. Pick the best of the best for your Thanksgiving table.

Filter by what's in your fridge or what's in season, and save your choices to your favorites list. For compulsive list-makers, an interactive shopping list lets you check off items as you load your shopping cart at the store.

And of course nutritional info lets you know just how many colories were in that sweet potato pie.

Cost: Free; available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android phones.

ABC News' Ki Mae Heussner contributed to this report.