Apps for a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner

(WXYZ) - Even professional chefs think cooking Thanksgiving dinner is stressful.

And since my culinary skills are no where near the pros, I'll be recruiting help from my family, friends and technology this year.

For beginners like myself, check out Chow's Thanksgiving Dinner Coach. The app puts together nine of the easiest and most traditional dishes with a step-by-step timeline that starts with prepping two days before. Chow is free for the iPhone.

The next app is simple, but genius in my opinion. The Kitcenh-Pad Timer keeps track of nine different dishes at once. So you know longer have to worry about your mashed potatoes getting cold while you wait for the bird to rest. The display shows you what's on the stove or in the oven, how much time is left and the heat setting. Kitchen-Pad is $1.99 for Apple users.

Truly, what would the holidays be without a few spirits? Snap a photo of any wine label and Snooth Wine-Pro will do the rest. The app gives you ratings by critics and other wine lovers as well as price listings from local retailers. The basic version is free and the Pro version cost $4.99 for iPhone users.

The Easy as Pie app might be my favorite because pie is my favorite! It shows you how to make 20 homemade pies, doughs and toppings with step-by-step video instructions. Easy As Pie is $19.99 for the iPad.

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