As part of our efforts to create the ultimate Kitchen Homeowner’s guides, we are constantly searching the web for great pieces of advice.
New digital assistants (think Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, and their cohorts) are becoming more adept at helping homeowners solve all kinds of day-to-day problems. But can they come up with any solutions for the age-old question of, “What’s for dinner?” We found some excellent tips to help you cook “smarter” on CNET.com.
First, to maintain a grocery list:
Out of the box, Alexa can help you maintain lists for shopping and to-dos. All you have to do is tell Alexa what you want to add and specify which list you want to add it to.
For example, you can say “Alexa, add eggs.” Since eggs is a noun, Alexa understands that it’s an item you would like to add to your shopping list. You can also say “Alexa, add bread to my shopping list,” or, “Alexa, add an item to my shopping list.” For the latter, Alexa will ask what you want to add and your response will be added as the next line item on your list.
Next, for recipe ideas:
If you search for “recipe” in the Skills section of the Alexa app or alexa.amazon.com, there’s no shortage of options.
One skill worth checking out is Allrecipes. Ask for the recipe of the day, a recipe based on ingredients you have on hand, how long you have or your preferred cooking method. You can even have recipes sent to your phone if you provide your mobile number or save a recipe to your favorites in Allrecipes by linking your account in the Alexa app. Say something like, “Alexa, ask Allrecipes what can I make with chicken and broccoli,” or “Alexa, ask Allrecipes for a slow cooker recipe for pulled pork.”
Then after-dinner drinks:
If you have guests coming over for drinks, but you’re not sure where to begin, just say, “Alexa, open Easy Cocktail.” Then, to use Easy Cocktail, say, “Alexa, ask Easy Cocktail how I can make an Old Fashioned.” First, Alexa will list off the ingredients, then she will tell you the steps of making the drink.
And to wind down with music:
Currently, media streaming services that Alexa supports are your own Amazon Music library, Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Audible and it can even read some of the e-books from you Kindle library.
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