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Apps and tweets help in the kitchen

posted on November 5, 2010

By MICHELLE LOCKE For The Associated Press

Need to talk turkey? Baffled by Brussels sprouts? Sure, you could go old school and call a 1-800 holiday helpline. But these days, cooks are finding inspiration, or salvation as the case may be, online.

From smart phone apps that put together your grocery lists to Twitter sessions that answer your pressing pumpkin questions, traditional sources of holiday help are transforming to meet the demands of a digital age.

"People are just going online more and more to get their Thanksgiving questions answered," says Angela Moore, vice president of

Traffic to that site's Thanksgiving section has been growing annually and this month marked the launch of Food Network's In The Kitchen app, which features 45,000 recipes from the network's chefs, including monthly seasonal menus, which for November, naturally, will be Thanksgiving-centric.

The $1.99 app, available for iPhones, iPods and iPads, ( ) includes shopping lists that can be shared via email, Facebook and Twitter, a unit converter for accurate measurements and timers that can be set in-recipe. "Basically, it's Thanksgiving at your fingertips," says Moore.

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