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There's nothing like holiday food. The kitchen counters, table, and fridge are crowded with dishes and platters of every kind. Families usually go all out, from the meal prepared to the table settings.

If you're manning the kitchen this holiday season, here are some apps to ensure you create a meal your family won't soon forget.There's nothing like holiday food. The kitchen counters, table, and fridge are crowded with dishes and platters of every kind. Families usually go all out, from the meal prepared to the table settings.

If you're manning the kitchen this holiday season, here are some apps to ensure you create a meal your family won't soon forget.

1. BigOven

With the BigOven app (iOS, Android) you can search through 350,000 recipes and seasonal collections.

You can get inspired by recipes from your favorite food bloggers, your family, and friends. The app has a community feature where you can ask questions or make comments on recipes. BigOven will notify you if another user answers your question.

If you find recipes you like online, you can add them to the BigOven app. You can also add family recipes. Mark and organize your recipes as "Favorite" or "Try" and create folders and categories.

BigOven can create grocery lists, take pantry inventory, and sort items by store department or recipe. As you shop, you can check the items off or remove them from your list. BigOven keeps track of your fridge inventory too and generates leftover recipes, so nothing goes to waste after the holiday rush.

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2. Substitutions

You can need to substitute an ingredient in a recipe for multiple reasons. You might've forgotten to buy it and don't want to go back to the store. Somebody might tell you about an allergy last-minute. Or you might just not be able to find that one ingredient in your packed cabinets.

Gormaya's Substitutions app includes almost 1,500 ingredients you can sub in for something else.

The substitutions can replace alcohol, herbs, spices, dairy, seafood, meat, and more. The recipes apply to baking, cooking, gluten-free, low carb, low fat, low sodium, vegan, and more. It also includes information for people with migraines. Substitutions tells them which ingredients might exacerbate a migraine and how to avoid it.

The app organizes substitutions into categories or in alphabetical order if you search "All Substitutions." The app also cross-references ingredients. For example, if you search Peanut Butter under allergies, the app will suggest Soy Nut Butter instead, but remind you it won't work for a Soy allergy.

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3. Manischewitz

The Manischewitz app offers all kosher recipes for Jewish holidays. The app, like the ones listed prior, can be used for special occasions or every day.

The app includes a calendar of holidays and recipes for Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, Passover, and more. You can create shopping lists or use the ones premade in the app. Ingredients are searchable by keyword or category.

The Manischewitz app provides colorful, tasty dishes whether you're cooking for one, or your whole family.

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4. Yummly

Yummly (iOS, Android) is probably the best app for less experienced cooks or if you're hosting the holiday at your house. The app sticks with you from start to finish.

The app includes more than two million recipes from top sites and food blogs. You'll get new recipes every week. The more you use the app, it will recommend recipes you might like based on your activity history and preferences.

Yummly also takes into account potential allergies or dietary restrictions. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, or just hate a certain ingredient, Yummly will make sure you're set.

The app's search filter makes finding a recipe quick and easy. It's easy to save your favorite recipes in the app's digital recipe box. The app's calendar organizes when you want to cook something, and you can add entire recipes to your virtual grocery list.

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5. Food Monster

A big baked turkey or a honey ham is often what people imagine at the center of their holiday feasts. Not everyone eats meat though, and Food Monster (iOS, Android) hasn't forgotten the vegans and vegetarians.

Food Monster is similar to the apps above but more "green." The app boasts more than 5,000 in around 1,000 categories. It's not just different ways to toss a salad either.

You can get access to the Food Monster free trial just by signing up with your e-mail or Facebook account. The app is free but generally operates on a monthly subscription basis. Using it for the holidays might give you an idea if you want to keep it year-round.

Food Monster's gorgeous display shows off all the colorful ingredients, trending recipes, and seasonal recipes. The recipes look so delicious, it might even sway a meat-lover to incorporate a few dishes.

For example, the app offers recipes for braided pesto bread, smoky white bean and potato stew, and farro risotto for dinner.

The app's holiday section has dozens of recipes for a holiday main course, treats, desserts, drinks, sides and options for Hanukkah.

Santa will love the apple spice cookies, and your family won't be able to get enough of the black forest cake trifle this winter.

Food Monster breaks down these beautiful recipes to make it easy for anyone to make.

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6. 100 Cakes and Bakes

No matter how stuffed you are from dinner, there's always room for dessert. 100 Cakes and Bakes guides you step-by-step to achieve the perfect holiday treat.

You can pick from 10 categories of desserts and treats. Inside the category are 10 recipes to try. Categories include brownies, celebration recipes, cheesecakes, cookies, and quick and easy recipes.

Choose a recipe and 100 Cakes and Bakes will guide you through it with prep time, cook time, serving sizes, and more.

The recipes vary from unique to classics. Play it safe with a traditional Chocolate Cake, or venture into new territory with Raspberry and Blueberry Lime Drizzle Cake.

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7. Chowhound

Now that all the cooking is done and your loved ones have departed your home with full bellies, what do you do with all the leftovers?

Chowhound is the perfect site to help you find creative ways to use leftover food so nothing goes to waste. Simply search "Leftovers" and the site generates dozens of recipes.

The site will show different videos showing you how to turn leftover waffles into stuffing, cranberry sauce into a cocktail, and rice into a crispy snack. The site offers tips on how to best store leftovers. For example, how long is it safe to keep turkey?

The site is good for finding regular recipes too. You can even find tips for holiday etiquette and how to set your table.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.