id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Thanksgiving, the king of cooking holidays, is here. If you've ever cooked for it, you know that preparing for the meal can take tons of work.
This year, offload some of that onto your Alexa-enabled speaker. Here are nine ways Amazon's smart assistant, available in many different devices, can make Thanksgiving a easier.Keep a grocery list for the big day
Alexa is capable of keeping a running shopping list. Use this to keep track of all the groceries or equipment you may need. Just say, "Alexa, add butter to the shopping list," or, "Alexa, add knife sharpener."
You can view this list in the Alexa app on Android or iOS and at alexa.amazon.com. Alternatively, you can connect a third-party list service, like AnyList or Cozi Lists, to two-way sync your lists. Keep a Thanksgiving day to-do list
Staying on top of everything that needs to be done can be a chore in itself. Like with lists, you can two-way sync to-do lists with Any.do, Todoist and Picniic.
Or you can keep your Alexa to-do list totally separate. To add a new to-do, just say, "Alexa, add thaw the turkey to my to-do list."
Either way, keeping all the things that need to get done on Thanksgiving day in one place can help you cut through or delegate the seemingly never-ending list in no time. After all your tasks are added, you can say, "Alexa, what's on my to-do list?"More Thanksgiving tips6 must-know Thanksgiving cooking tips from professional chefs5 Instant Pot Thanksgiving dishes you should try this yearMake stuffing waffles with your Thanksgiving leftovers
Get tons of recipe ideas
One area of Alexa's skill catalog that is particularly rich is recipe and cooking skills. Five of the most notable are Allrecipes, Best Recipes (from Hellmann's), Betty Crocker, Food Network and GoodNes (from Nestlé).
Not only will these skills offer up some recipes to try, they will tell you the ingredients needed and walk you through the process. GoodNes offers a visual guide. Food Network lets you look up recipes by chef or TV show. Allrecipes will send directions to your phone. Betty Crocker will tell you how long it will take to cook a ham. And Best Recipes will give you recipes for the ingredients you already have. Pick the right turkey
With the Turkey Planner skill, Alexa can also tell you how much turkey you need for the number of guests you'll be having. It also tells you how long you will need to cook it.
Just say, "Alexa, ask Turkey Planner how long it will take to cook a 12-pound turkey," or, "Alexa, ask Turkey Planner what size of turkey is needed for 10 people." Multiple timers
On Thanksgiving day, multiple timers will be your favorite feature of Alexa. You can not only create several concurrent timers, but you can name them so you can easily keep everything straight. Say, "Alexa, start a 3-hour turkey timer," or, "Alexa, create a stuffing timer for 30 minutes." Then, to check on your timers, you say, "Alexa, how much time is left on the turkey timer?"Cocktail ideas
When you're having several guests over for Thanksgiving dinner, it's a nice touch to have a selection of cocktails on hand. Alexa can help with that, too, thanks to The Bartender. This skill suggests over 12,000 different cocktails.
It can tell you what's in a drink, how to make it or suggest random cocktail recipes. You can also request cocktails with specific ingredients in them, https://recentstore.com/collections/christmas - mouse click the following internet site
- such as, "Alexa, ask The Bartender for a drink with pineapple juice and vodka." Now playing: Watch this: Our favorite holiday gifts for under $100 2:45 Get better wine pairings
For drinking with your Thanksgiving dinner, use MySomm to get wine pairings. For a traditional turkey dinner, it will suggest you "open a good zinfandel or a soft red like pinot noir." But if you're into non-traditional Thanksgiving meals, this skill will definitely come in handy. Or pair your meal with the right beer
If beer is more your style, use the What beer? skill to find the perfect beer to go with your meal. Say something like, "Alexa, ask what beer goes with cranberry sauce."