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article by: Jamie Oldham Feather
Here’s a thing about me: I once lived in an apartment in Manhattan for three years before realizing that the oven didn’t work. Three years! Fast forward way out of my 20’s and many kitchens later, and it turns out that that I actually love to cook. This holiday season, however, I am finding myself in a bit of a recipe rut. If you are like me and tired of the same old sugar cookie or stuffing recipes, you’ll be glad to know that your Amazon Fire TV can be a source of not only inspiration, but also instruction on all things holiday cooking (and humor). Here I take a look at some of the Fire TV apps available now that can help you up your holiday cooking game.
Step 1: Preheat your oven…
Great British Bake Off
Always wanted to know what treacle is, but too afraid to ask? Think “I’ll bring the fairy cakes” sounds much better than “I’ll bring the cupcakes”? Have a thing for pavlova? Then this charmingly British competitive baking show is for you. If a certain bake catches your eye, find recipes here.
Nailed It Holiday!
Billed as “Part reality, part hot mess,” Nailed it Holiday is filled with festive fails that are bound to make you feel better about your latest cooking adventures. These novice home cooks do their best to reproduce complicated baking recipes, to fabulously messy effect. Not necessarily recommended as a source for your next holiday recipe, but an excellent way to keep you in the holiday spirit while your cookies bake in the oven.
Sugar Rush Christmas
More competitive baking to get you in the holiday mood! Serving up healthy doses of whimsy and fun, Sugar Rush Christmas might just inspire you to take your baking to new heights. My favorite episode is “The Nutcracker Sweet,” (Episode 4).
It will come as no surprise to you crafters and DIYers out there that YouTube is a destination to learn about almost anything. Cooking is no exception, with thousands of tutorials available. This holiday season, consider learning how to make beef wellington or to decorate a delicious gingerbread house from the comfort of your Fire TV. Have a Fire TV Cube or Echo Show? Use voice commands to search for how-to videos while you prep the turkey, no hand washing necessary.
Food Network Kitchen
The Food Network Kitchen app is here on Fire TV, just in time to guide you on all of your holiday cooking adventures. There is so much great content available here that if you started now, you would still be watching through the New Year. Access thousands of recipes right on your Fire TV or on your Echo Show, subscribe to a live class and learn holiday how-to’s from a celebrity chef, or enroll in a multi-episode series that provides a deeper dive into a topic or particular cuisine. Those with a sweet tooth might consider signing-up for Mindy Segal’s 5 class Holiday Sweets and Treats. There, you’ll learn how to make Brownie Krinkles, Chocolate Mousse and more. (Note that while there is tons of free content in the app, many of the classes and series require a subscription, which you can purchase within the app.)
If you devour those short little videos by Tasty in your Facebook stream, this is the show for you. Tasty 101 features thousands of bite-sized Tasty episodes and is a go-to destination for accessible cooking instruction. Search for holiday episodes like Holiday Bark 4 Ways, 5 Pies for your Holiday Season, 4 Slow Cooker Cocktails to Serve at Your Next Holiday Party, and many more.
Worst Cooks in America
If you’ve suffered a recent culinary setback or straight up disaster, Worst Cooks in America might just be the balm your wounded pride needs. These terrible home cooks have nothing on you!
If the holiday dinner table is getting a little too testy or political, reach for the knowledge you’ve gained watching Somm to wow your family. This documentary follows four sommeliers as they prepare for the Master Sommelier exam, which some say is the world’s toughest test. You still probably won’t be able to pass the Master Sommelier exam after watching the movie, but you are bound to pick up some boozy knowledge that is sure to impress.
I hope this rundown of holiday cooking resources available on your Fire TV was helpful. Whatever you end up cooking this holiday season, happy streaming!