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Take a deep breath, a sip of wine, and ace Thanksgiving with these apps

Voting, renting a car, hosting your first Thanksgiving — all important milestones on a path toward adulthood. But that last one is fraught with responsibility. If you burn dinner on any other night, there’s always pizza. If you ruin the turkey, well, it’s the only night of the year when the thought of pizza makes us sad.

But fear not, young chef. There’s a lot of help in the form of apps! From planning what to make to picking out the perfect pumpkin to — most importantly — finding the right wine, we offer you some help to help ensure everyone you invite this year will want to come back next Thanksgiving, too.

Bon Appétit Thanksgiving

Bon-Appétit-Thanksgiving

Maybe you remember your that your mom always made stuffing, and your cousin was famous for his candied yams, but what else should you put on your Thanksgiving table? The food fanatics at Bon Appétit put together a few holiday meal guides, including classic, modern, southern, and new traditions. And if you want to mix a little modern — like the grape and apple pie — with the traditional (mmm, fluffy mashed potatoes), who’s going to stop you?

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Yummly

Yummly

Once you’ve decided on your basic menu, you can go looking for interesting takes on your basic green bean casserole, if you want. Yummly takes results from all over the Internet, so this search will give you tons of results, but that’s what the filter button is for. You can omit recipes with ingredients you hate; look by cuisine type; limit by prep time; and indicate whether you prefer something that’s spicy, sweet, sour, and so on. If you find something that sets your heart a-skipping, you can add the ingredients to your Instacart, if you have an account. You’ll also get nutrition information, which might be useful, depending on how you feel about Thanksgiving pants.

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Perfect Produce

Perfect-Produce

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving isn’t all about the turkey. For some people it’s all about the Tofurkey. But side deserve some spotlight, too. The problem for some newbie cooks is that produce they don’t pick up every day can seem alien. How does one tell a particular butternut squash is the right one for their soup recipe? Perfect Produce gives detailed buying and prep guides (heavier squash is better than light, apparently). Sure, you can Google whether you should remove a eggplant’s skin, but it’s nice to have it all under one app.

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SideChef

SideChef

If you really, really don’t know what you’re doing, this app might help. SideChef’s creator, Kevin Yu, has described its target audience as the cooking-for-dummies crew. It has big pictures to go along with each step and videos and tips for certain things. Don’t know what “slice an orange” means? There’s a video to show you the technique. Seriously. But some of its other features are meant to appeal to all sorts of cooks, like the voice recognition and speech features. It will read the directions aloud, then you can tell it to advance to the next step without smearing giblet juice all over your phone. Its filters aren’t as elegant as Yummly’s, but it can walk you through a challenging recipe pretty thoroughly.

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Hello Vino

Hello-Vino

If the only time you serve wine is at Thanksgiving, then you might need a little help in this department. Even if you’re pretty sure poultry pairs with white, Hello Vino can give you even more details — based on whether you’re smoking, roasting, or barbecuing your bird. For example, it recommends chardonnay (even tells you how to pronounce it) and gives some quick tasting notes — though “buttery flavors and vanilla” might not mean much to non-oenophiles. Then it breaks down its picks into “recommended,” “highly rated,” and “$10 and under.” It’s meant as more of a way to order wines, but it gives you a starting place.

The app is supported by ads, and its scanning feature — which lets you take a picture of a wine label to get details about it — costs money, unlike other free apps like Vivino and Delectable. Still, neither of those had as robust food-pairing suggestions. Don’t forget the perfect-with-pumpkin-pie pouilly-fuissé.

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