Get Ready to Cook with Holiday Accessories and Apps for the iPad

Now that Thanksgiving has passed it’s time for the home cook to turn her attention to meal planning and baking for Hanukkah and Christmas. We’ve pulled together some accessories and apps to make the most of the precious few weeks left to plan, cook, and bake.

Holiday Recipe and Party Planning Guide by culinary crowd-sourcers Food 52 offers a recipes and organizational tips for celebrations throughout the year, but has a special section for Christmas and Hanukkah. Aimed to reduce holiday-induced stress in the hostess, the app includes 127 recipes with step-by-step walkthroughs, more than 100 minutes of HD video, a glossary, and a large library of party planning tips.


Inkling’s digital version of The Cake Mix Doctor Returns was recently updated. The app features high-resolution images, recipe reminder notes, and embedded pop up tips that take your cake from ordinary to unforgettable. The user can also highlight text, bookmark, and search Google and Wikipedia without ever leaving the app. Download the entire book from iTunes for $9.99, or choose single chapters for $2.99 each.
Check out our list of holiday baking apps for additional ways to digitize your holiday baking.

This gingerbread cookie-themed iPad sleeve from Zazzle will help get a chef into the baking spirit, as well as protecting her iPad from scratches and dings when she’s not in the kitchen. The sleeve, which is available for purchase from the company website for $59.10, also makes a great gift for any baker/iPad fan in your life. Though it looks like a big potholder, we don’t recommend putting your iPad in the oven!


Belkin’s Chef Stand and Stylus was designed specifically for use in the kitchen. The stand is compatible with most cases, so it’s easy to use. It includes a separate stylus that helps insure that sticky fingers never touch the iPad’s screen. This practical, attractive iPad accessory is available from the Belkin website for $39.99, and may be found on Amazon or at Target or Best Buy for about $30.


Are you planning on using the ipad to bake or prepare holiday meals this season? Let us know in the comments.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite